McGovern Centennial Gardens, Houston

Located in Hermann Park, the McGovern Centennial Gardens are a captivating place to visit while in Houston’s Museum District.


Know Before You Go

Parking is FREE, and limited to 3 hours.

Restrooms are available.

Stay off the grass, and do not pick the flowers.

Leashed dogs are allowed.  Always pick up after your pooch!


There are no picnic tables.  The closest picnic tables are WAY over by the lake. We had planned to picnic here, since it is SO close to the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Rather than drive or walk, we set up a “tail-gate” picnic in the parking lot, which may not have been the most picturesque place to eat, but it was convenient.  The plus was that there were plenty of trash cans!


The Mount

The highlight of the Gardens for my kids was the climb up the Mount, which has water rushing down and a lovely view of Houston!


We ran for cover during a brief shower to the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, but the kids didn’t mind the light rain and were soon running through it along the walkways!


The McGovern Centennial Gardens are made up of 9 different and distinct gardens, and eventually we we exploring each of them in the misting rain!


Friday Story Hour

Each Friday from 10am – 11am, enjoy a FREE storytime in the Family Garden!

Events in the Garden

The gardens can be rented for weddings and other special occasions.

Other Things To Do in Hermann Park 

Marvin Taylor Exercise Trail – located at the other end of the same parking lot, the 2 mile crushed granite trail winds around the golf course, and is mostly shaded by old oak trees.

Miller Outdoor Theatre offers great, FREE children’s programs, in addition to other entertainment.  Click HERE to visit their website, and see their upcoming calendar of events!

The Japanese Gardens are beautiful in the spring, when the 20 Japanese Cherry trees are in bloom!  Click HERE to read more!

Lake Plaza is home to the Hermann Park Pedal Boats.  Open 7 days a week, click HERE to read more.

The Hermann Park Railroad takes you on a 20-minute ride through the park!  Click HERE for more information!

See all the amazing animals at the Houston Zoo!  Click HERE to read more!

The Hermann Park Golf Course runs along the park, also.  Click HERE for more information.

Things To Do in Houston


Voted the #1 Children’s Museum in the country by Parents Magazine, your children and you will LOVE the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Geared for children 3-12, trust me when I tell you there is something here for everyone!  Click HERE to read more!

The Health Museum lets you discover the amazing workings of the human body!  Click HERE to read more!


McGovern Centennial Gardens  

1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 

Click HERE to visit their website.    

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