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We Know What You Should Do This Summer

Your guide to beaches, water parks, day trips, festivals and more

Visitors can board air-conditioned water taxis that cruise along a meandering 1.25-mile waterway through The Woodlands. They dock at several spots along the way, including nearby shops, restaurants and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Yale Street Art and Flower Market
210 West 21st St., 713-802-1213, www.yalestreetmarket.com

Local artists display and sell original works here. Enjoy arts, crafts and live music. First Saturday of each month. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

GOLF COURSES
Hermann Park Golf Course, 2155 N. MacGregor, 713-526-0077 Bear Creek Golf World, 16001 Clay Rd., 281-859-8188 Brock Park Golf Course, 8201 John Ralston Rd., 713-458-1350 Clear Creek Golf Course, 3902 Fellows Rd., 713-738-8000 Glenbrook Golf Course, 8205 North Bayou, 713-649-8089 Houston Oaks Golf Club, 22602 Hegar Rd., Hockley, 800-865-4657 Melrose Golf Course, 401 East Canino Rd., 713-847-1214 Memorial Park Golf Course, 6001 Memorial Loop Dr., 713-862-4033 Sharpstown Golf Course, 6600 Harbor Town, 713-988-2099 Wortham Golf Course, 7000 Capital, 713-921-3227

PARKS

Bay Area Park
7500 Bay Area Blvd., 281-326-6539

Bay Area Park has top-notch baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a playground and a dock on Taylor Lake. The Bay Area Hike and Bike Trail runs next to the park.

Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762, Needville, 979-553-5101

Brazos Bend is home to a wide variety of plants and birds, but it's the alligators that'll really catch your eye. They're everywhere.

Buffalo Bayou Park
This park spans from downtown Houston to Shepherd Drive along Allen Parkway, offering paved hike-and-bike trails with crazy sculptures and a disc golf course. It's also one of the best spots for summer festivals in the city.

Cullen Park
19008 Saums Rd.

Cullen Park has miles of trails for walking, jogging, cycling and skating. And a bunch of busy soccer fields.

Hermann Park
6201-A Golf Course Drive, www.hermannpark.org

The city's oldest park is home to Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, a golf course and more.

Memorial Park
6501 Memorial Dr., 713-845-1000

This is perhaps the best place to bicycle in the city. Its mountain biking and fitness trails will kick your tail. Or jog, swim, play tennis, baseball or softball.

Sam Houston Park
110 Bagby, 713-655-1912

Check out Sam Houston Park's collection of intriguing historical buildings from Houston's past.

Sesquicentennial Park
400 Texas, 713-250-3623

This park is commemorating Houston's 150th birthday with unique architectural sculptures, amazing fountains and lush gardens along Buffalo Bayou.

White Oak Bayou Park
Houston Avenue Bridge at White Oak

This park features ten miles of paved trails, with sweeping views of downtown.

Contact the Houston Parks and Recreation Department at 713-845-1000 or www.houstonparks.org.

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