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Hit Hermann

In time for summer, the park's had a facelift.

Donovan Park, 700 Heights Blvd., 713-861-4002

The folks in the Heights put in a little sweat equity to create a wonderland wooden playground with a themed castle.

Hermann Park, 6201 A Golf Course Dr., www.hermannpark.org

Abby Downing-Beaver

The city's oldest park is home to Houston recreational staples such as the Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo and more. Become one with the Japanese Zen garden; it's near the Sam Houston Monument.

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

Facilities of this well-known park, around since 1925, include a pleasant jogging trail, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, a premiere golf course and plenty of shady spots in the grass.

Sam Houston Park, 110 Bagby, 713-655-1912

This green space calmly juxtaposes some of the oldest structures, such as the St. John Church from 1891, with the shadows of magnificent skyscrapers downtown, some of which are not more than a few minutes' walk away.

White Oak Bayou Park, Houston Avenue Bridge at White Oak

This bayou trail features numerous baseball parks and little league tournaments, miles of paved walking or jogging trails, and fantastic views of the surrounding city.

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