Cold weather is seldom an issue for outdoor activities, as Houston averages less than one measurable snowfall every four years. Our annual average rainfall is about 50 inches per year, ensuring lush lawns, large trees, and beautiful gardens overflowing with flowers.
The Houston area has the largest county park in the U.S.—George Bush Park. The region also contains the third-largest municipal park in the U.S.—Cullen Park. Near Houston’s city center, Hermann Park is among the top dozen most visited parks in the U.S. according to a 2014 report by the Trust for Public Land (TPL).
The City of Houston contains 52,154 acres of parks, according to the TPL. Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department manages the city’s 366 developed municipal parks and more than 200 green spaces. Additionally, Harris County maintains 179 parks totaling 25,126 acres and 45 trails totaling 228.8 miles.
The Houston area specifically is home to numerous bio-regions that make outdoor explorations at our local, regional, and state parks an adventure in diversity. Very few places in the world have the amount of biodiversity as can be found in the Houston region.