In my view, this is the second best place to go running in Houston. Memorial Park is by far the best, and one of the best running spots anywhere, but Hermann Park is not too shabby. Nice options for looping around, a nice little workout station, generally interesting people watching, though far less so than Memorial because there just aren't as many people who use it.
Also, of course, it has a zoo, which I think is an OK zoo, not the best, but it does draw tons of families so it must work well as family entertainment.
The free summer concert series is also quite a valuable multicultural experience and a great thing to do on a nice evening.
Add the butterfly museum and the natural history museum, and then you turn a great running park into one of the best concentrations of different experiences that you can find in the city. Did I mention that the Children's museum is right nearby? Shoot, you could take out-of-town guests on multiple days of adventure in just the places within walking distance of this park. How many other urban parks can claim that?
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