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Hermann Park is a historic park located in Houston, Texas. The park was created in the early 1900s and is the result of the City Beautiful Movement, which sought to offer a reprieve for city dwellers who were living in increasingly crowded cities without much access to natural beauty. The park is over 400 acres, with 225 of those acres having been donated by then Board of Parks Commissioner, George H. Hermann.

Since the park's creation, it has grown not only in acreage but in what it has to offer the six million visitors it receives each year. There are many things to see and do at the park. Check out some of what HP has to offer. It's not hard to understand why this park, situated slightly west of the Third Ward, is a crown jewel of Houston.

1. The Gardens

There are several gardens inside the park. The Japanese garden, a symbol of international friendship, claims five acres of the park. It was created by the famous Japanese landscape architect Nakajima.

Although the garden, for the most part, employs traditional Japanese design, it has a few Texan elements. If you're in need of a dose of serenity, you'll definitely want to check out this garden and the other gardens throughout the park.

2. Miller Outdoor Theater

The Miller Theater is an open-air venue that hosts a variety of events. You can catch a play, live musical acts, poetry slams, ballet performances, Shakespeare readings, and holiday celebrations just to name a few of the events.

All of the performances are family-friendly so you can grab the kids, make a picnic, and enjoy a day of wholesome, family fun. The best part? It's free.

3. McGovern Lake

McGovern Lake covers eight acres. It includes three islands, two of which are a refuge for migratory birds, which is sure to please any visiting birders. In addition to checking out the wildlife, you can rent paddle boats and partake in some catch and release fishing.

4. Hermann Park Golf Course

This golf course is nearly as old as the park itself. It was built in 1922. It is 18 holes on beautifully manicured Bermuda grass. It also has the proud distinction of being the first public golf course in the United States to be open to people of all races. After working up an appetite on the greens, you can visit the clubhouse for some delicious food and that famous southern hospitality.

5. The Zoo

If the above mentioned wasn't enough, the park even has a zoo. There are over 6,000 animals in the Houston Zoo which is located inside the park. Most of the animal exhibits are modeled after the animal's natural habitat, which makes for exciting viewing. There are lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the animals too.

In addition to all of the things you can do in the park, there is also lots to see and do in the areas immediately surrounding it. While visiting the area, stop by Bayway Volvo and check out our amazing deals.

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