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.
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.