6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX
Open daily 6 am – 11 pm
Memorial Park is easily Houston’s most popular destination for those looking to exercise; this place is busy at all hours of the day! The 2.9-mile crushed gravel loop is very wide, meaning there is plenty of room for everyone who wants to get a workout in, but peak hours are especially busy. Workout stations are located along the path, with a larger workout station located at the tennis center. Restrooms and water fountains are found at regular intervals (approximately each half-mile) along the trail, as are benches and trashcans, and the trail is lit at night. There is no shade along the route, so it can be warm during the summer months. For those looking to get some speedwork in, a quarter-mile asphalt timing track is available across from the tennis center.
Bikes are not allowed on the exercise path, but many are seen on the paved roadways within the park and the surrounding roads. Additionally, mountain biking trails are available in the southwest corner of the park and feature color-coded trailheads. In addition to cycling, a tennis center, golf course, and fitness center are also located in Memorial Park. The fitness center features a pool, which is open for use during the summer swimming season and can be accessed at a daily or monthly rate. The tennis center has a Smoothie King located inside, while additional concessions are available at the golf center. Memorial Park also connects to Buffalo Bayou Park, providing access to additional trails and amenities.