Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Located on the edge of Memorial Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center features a free five-mile trail, offering a peaceful escape from the city. Nestled in the middle of a forest, the trail also includes ponds, meadows, and wetlands. Here, those who love botany can study different varieties of flora and fauna native to the Texas region. The inner loop of the trail highlights a mid-sized swamp and a very serene meadow, whereas the outer loop is where visitors can encounter wildlife such as coyotes, snakes, and rabbits. The northern edge of the trail, where several species of birds live, is a great sanctuary for the serious ornithologists or just the casual birdwatchers. Be prepared for a true experience with nature, as there is no cage or glass to separate visitors from the inhabitants of the forest.