When was the Last Time You Visited a Downtown Houston Park?

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As you read this, it may be pouring rain outside. Alternatively, it may be so bright outside that you're not sure if you're in the greatest state in the union or on the best star in our solar system. This is Texas, so it really could be either. Hell, this is Texas, so it could be both.

But it will not always be raining, nor will it always be so hot you start making references to cliches about eggs and sidewalks. No, this is Texas, which means we get our fair share of beautiful days too.

And if you're looking to spend one of those days outdoors, why not flip the script a bit and head to one of Houston's downtown parks?

This may sound hard to believe, but you don't need a reason to go to Discovery Green. Don't get us wrong: the concerts are cool and the festivals are neat and ice skating is... well, that's actually kind of weird, but fun weird... but you can actually just go to go. Bring a book. Bring a friend. Have a snack. Do some people watching.

If that's not your style, there are plenty of other options. From Buffalo Bayou to City Hall Plaza there are plenty of lovely spots for you to spend some time outdoors.

Not sure where to go? You're in luck. Check out the following slideshow to see what Downtown Houston has to offer: Seven Downtown Houston Parks to Enjoy This Summer.

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