Between the two play structures is a little baby swing set:
About a 60-second walk away is the big-kid play structure. The distance is perfect – if you want to keep your little one away from the big kids, you can easily avoid it. However, if your toddler is ready for a bigger challenge and it doesn’t look too crowded, it’s very easy to venture over and play there for a bit. The big-kid playground is handicapped-accessible, which means lots of ramps and wide walkways, which makes it very doable for a crawler or new walker when it’s not busy.
Oh, and if your babe simply wants to run around, there is a huge grassy area perfect for doing just that! AND, there’s a splash pad as well (though it’s not always on).
You may have noticed the prodigious amounts of shade in all of my photos. These were taken around 9AM, which was a perfect time to visit. I’ve also gone in the afternoons, and the itty-bitty playground and swings are only partially shaded by then.
The one downside of this playground in my book is that the equipment is a little bit faded and old – not broken, just some peeling paint and that sort of thing.
Also, since some of you are currently thinking, “Hermann Park? Is that safe? Isn’t that where the homeless people are?” I’m going to briefly address safety. This is the closest playground to our home so we are here very often. We’ve visited morning, afternoon and early evening. Yes, we see homeless people. They usually hang out in the covered shelter that you can see in the background of the last photo. But no one has ever bothered us and I’ve never felt unsafe even for a second. That said, everyone has a different level of comfort so you can decide what works for you and your littles 🙂
If you go:
- Address: 1503 Fannin St Houston, TX 77030
- Parking: Houston Zoo parking lots or Centennial Gardens parking lot. The zoo lots are closer, but get more crowded. From Centennial Gardens, the playground is a 5-7 minute walk through the park