There are many unique parks in Texas to enjoy. Adventure seekers looking for a place to take the whole family or perhaps a romantic outing, Texas has the perfect park for everyone. With unique wildlife, landmarks, and beautiful views, there are a wide variety of places to check out some of these unique Texas parks!
1. Alexander Deussen Park
Houston offers an impressive acreage of park space beating the national average of 13.7 acres per 1000 residents with 23.6 acres per 1000 residents. This puts Houston in the top 10 most populous cities in total parkland. While visiting Houston Alexander Deussen Park is a must. Enjoy boating, picnicking, the water gazebo, the duck pond, and especially the wildlife exhibit featuring live buffalo! There is plenty of space to reconnect with nature and learn new things.
2. Discovery Green
Discovery Green in Houston is the perfect place to take the kiddos to explore nature, play fun park games, and even check out art installations. Try out one of the delightful park restaurants like The Grove or The Lake House before heading over to the amphitheater for music or a performance. There is so much to do at Discovery Green right in the heart of the city with beautiful skyline views.
3. Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center
At Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center, there is so much to do and see. Houston visitors can enjoy Gator World (that’s right, live gators!) or the Butterfly Encounter with tours performed by staff or on a self-guided tour. There are taxidermy and wetland exhibits as well as educational hands-on experiments. Perfect for an educational and fun family outing!
4. Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
With 43,388 acres, this freshwater slough winds through salt marshes, offering rare, native bluestem prairie that graces the uplands. For bird watchers, Brazoria NWR is on a key location on the Texas Gulf, which helps Freeport draw one of the highest Audubon bird counts in the nation with more than 200 species. Look for alligators year-round on Big Slough and in refuge ponds. In dry seasons, their trails through the mud and excavated gator holes are easy to spot. Whether it be fowl hunting or fishing for the adults or wildlife observation and education for the little ones, Brazoria truly delivers the outdoor experience.
5. Missions National Historical Park
Step back in history at San Antonio’s Missions National Historical Park. With over 300 years of history, this park ground offers four mission sites with fun educational opportunities at each site. Discover San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Right in the heart of San Antonio, you don’t want to miss this fascinating park!
6. Riverside Park
Head over to Victoria, Texas for the amazing Riverside Park. Featuring a paddling trail, parks, disc golf, a rose garden, and the Texas Zoo, Riverside Park leaves little to be desired. Full of fun and activities, everyone can find something fun to do during their visit.
7. East Texas Elephant Experience
Since 1980 East Texas Elephant Experience near Conroe, TX has been providing visitors with elephant education and uses proceeds from their partnerships with programs throughout the US to aid in research and breeding to keep elephants safe and happy. Book a tour with them to see live elephants right in East Texas and experience the wonder of these gentle giants.