Settegast Park

The water playground at Settegast Park includes a multi-colored rubber surface and spray-ground features including a ground geyser, a bell-spray column, a misty arch, a magic touch bollard, a water trio, a donut, and a flower.

Location: 3000 Garrow Street, Houston, TX 77003

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Quillian Center

Swimming at Quillian

Quillian Center is the sports and rec center at First Methodist Houston. The facilities are open to members of the church and the general public. The center offers afterschool programs, summer camps, and sports and enrichment classes.

Contact number: (713) 458-4700

Location: 10570 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042

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Tom Bass Regional Park

Tom Bass Regional Park is so big that it has three vast sections, with just about every type of park amenity imaginable. Section I has an amphitheater, playing fields including five cricket fields, room for kite-flying, two 18-hole “frisbee golf” courses, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, a pond stocked with bass and catfish, restrooms, and fully equipped pavilions with barbecue pits, hot and cold running water, electrical outlets, and stainless steel countertops.

Contact number: (713) 440-1587

Location: 3452 Fellows Road, Houston, TX 77047

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El Franco Lee Park

Newly re-designed El Franco Lee Park has at least a half-dozen different playgrounds, many of them shaded by canopies, all of them interconnected by paved pathways which are easy on the strollers. Oversized bench-swings at each playground provide a comfortable resting spot for parents keeping an eye on the kids.

Contact number: (713) 440-1587

Location: 9400 Hall Road, Houston, TX 77089

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Bay Area Park

Set back in the woods on the shores of Armand Bayou, Bay Area Park sits in a beautiful setting. A few different playground structures provide a nice variety of activities, and several dozen picnic tables and barbecue pits, under the shade of towering oak trees, make the park a good place for free birthday parties or family gatherings.

Location: 7500 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058

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Hermann Park

The winner of our 2008 Parents’ Picks quest to find the best playground/park in Houston, Hermann Park is a vast urban green space, home to the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the first desegregated public golf course in the United States.

Contact number: (713) 524-5876

Location: 6001 Fannin, Houston, TX 77030

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Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a vast urban green space in the heart of downtown Houston. The two-acre lawn is perfect for lounging around, having a picnic, and enjoying a great view of the skyline. Discovery Green also features gardens, a playground, a party pavilion, a model boat pond, a one-acre lake, a fenced-in dog park, strolling paths, splash fountains, an amphitheater and outdoor stage, and much more.

Contact number: (713) 400-7336

Location: 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010

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Sylvan Rodriguez Park

Created with an astronomical theme, Sylvan Rodriguez Park is a great place to play and view the sky. Of the two playground structures, one is specifically designed for the little ones, ages two to five.

Location: 1201 Clear Lake City Boulevard, Houston, TX 77062

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Sunnyside Park and Community Center

The community center’s amenities include an indoor gym, while the park features a playground, outdoor basketball pavilion, lighted sports fields, lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a half-mile hike and bike trail.

Contact number: (713) 734-5061

Location: 3502 Bellfort Boulevard, Houston, TX 77051

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