Houston’s climate means you can get outdoors all year long! We have plenty of ways to get outside, from local running trails to full-feature public parks. We’ve looked for the best parks and playgrounds in the Houston area so no matter where you are, a great park is near, and a trip to the playground is always one of the best free things to do with kids in Houston.
Check out our list of the Best Parks & Playgrounds for Kids in Houston:
Downtown Houston’s feature park is a must-visit location for kids and families. There is plenty of room to run, art to behold, multiple playground features, remote-controlled boats, kayaks, a putting green, and more. Bring a towel so you can enjoy the Mistree and the gateway fountain. You’ll come back again and again for their playgrounds and annual events. They also offer free wifi!
Just off of Richmond Avenue, you’ll find a Children’s Park, event lawn, Community Gardens, dog parks, a rain garden, and more. There are multiple classes and events held at Levy Park each week, free and open to the public. They also offer free wifi!
Evelyn’s Park Conservancy in Bellaire is a great park for bringing kids of all ages. There is a walk-up slide from the top of a hill, open lawn space for games, a track for walking, Betsy’s for coffee and drinks, plus a whimsical sculpture garden- we won’t spoil the surprise!
Kids will be delighted by this hand made castle style playground located in the Heights. This is a neighborhood park in the middle of a residential area, so please use extra care while driving, parking, and enjoying the park. There are no bathrooms but you can find places to sit and plenty of shade.
RAY MILLER PARK
A butterfly garden in the middle of the city sounds like a great way to entertain little ones. This park also features a tot lot, an intermediate play area, walking trails, birdhouses, wildflowers, a gazebo, and more. Plus, there’s restrooms and plenty of parking!
This park in the City of West University offers an awesome playground structure with sail shades! The park is fenced in, with picnic tables, a basketball court, and lighted tennis courts.
This innovative park in Cinco Ranch offers unique play structures, a covered pavilion, an interactive water cycle wall, slides, and more. They are dedicated to preservation and water conservation to expect a suburban oasis. They also have a restroom and parking!
This park does not have a playground but kids will still be enamored. Located in the historic South Houston, this park was created by local artists, literally sculpting art from discarded objects. Made up of broken pottery, mirrors, keys, rocks, and anything they can find. You can bring the kids to watch the artists at work every Saturday morning at 10 am.
Admission to the Nature Center and the trails are free. This preserve in Houston provides educational adult experiences, family programs, children’s events, and more. You can walk their beautiful trails from dawn to dusk each day.
Did we miss one? Leave a comment below and tell us your favorite kid-friendly playgrounds in Houston: