My husband and I love to pack a picnic and come to Hermann Park on the weekends. We typically relax near the reflection pond and there are plenty of perfect spots under the huge trees to throw down a blanket and get comfortable. It's so nice to people watch and enjoy nature. We always bring a couple of things to do (Frisbee, football, dominoes, etc.) and spend a couple of hours out there. The Miller Outdoor Theater is extremely close and there is always something going on and it's typically a free event. Sometimes the parking lots fill up so try to get there a little early (we normally park by the gardens) and if that is full there is always the parking garage connected to the Museum of Natural Science. Whenever we are out there we always notice a few homeless people but never enough to feel uncomfortable and there are plenty of families nearby so I suppose everyone else feels comfortable as well. There are a bunch of things to do nearby (zoo, golf, museums, outdoor theater) and within walking distance. Bring a camera because there are lots of nice spots to snap photos. Great spot to visit for both locals and visitors!