Mercer Arboretum& Botanic Gardens is a nationally recognized public garden showcasing the Gulf Coast region’s largest collection of native and cultivated plans in over 250 acres of East Texas piney woods. Free to the public, Mercer features 18 theme gardens including butterfly, herb, tropical, native and prehistoric plant gardens. Programs for all ages, annual plant sales, miles of woodland trails, and a picnic area provide recreational and educational opportunities to families, school groups, bird watchers, joggers, walkers, and photographers
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center offers Harris County residents one of the South’s finest facilities for nature education and passive recreation. Natural beauty and history are combined in this 225-acre park located along the banks of Spring Creek. Explore diverse ecosystems including ancient cypress bogs, natural white sand beaches, and wildflower patches. Five miles of all-weather natural trails and boardwalks are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The center features a variety of displays and exhibits, including a collection of live and taxidermic native wildlife.
The park is home to authentic reproductions of an 1830s homestead, called Redbud Hill Homestead, and an Akokisa Indian Village. Jones Park staff and volunteers offer a variety of guided tours and free programs ranging from history to the environmental benefits of this natural setting. Two major festivals, Pioneer Day in the fall and Texas Heritage Day in the spring, offer a glimpse into the lives of Akokisa Indians and Texas settlers with costumed living-history re-enactors and demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, and other survival skills needed in the early 1800s.
Fishing is permitted in Spring Creek, which borders the park for about 3/4 of a mile. Most fishing is done during the late winter months when the white bass run from Lake Houston. Point-to-point canoeing is also permitted in the creek with advanced reservations.
Jones Park also features a playground, offering fun for children of all ages. A pavilion, which seats 80, is available by reservation. Park facilities and programs are free to the public. Jones Park hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March through October; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. November and February; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. December and January. Park maps, program calendars, and other materials are available in the Nature Center.
2310 Atascocita Rd., Humble 77396
An all-inclusive, barrier-free playground and special needs restroom facility for children of all physical abilities reside at the Lindsey Lyons Precinct 4 Park. The new playground features eight ground-level activities and 45 elevated play activities — 33 accessible by ramp and 43 accessible by transfer. At 10,425 square feet of playground surface, it’s the largest playground in Harris County Precinct 4. Special unique play features include a Sway Fun wheelchair-accessible glider, rock tunnel and ridge climber, roller slide, space net climbing jungle gym, and a cool-mister water sprayer; approximately 80 percent of the play structures are covered by shade toppers. Children of all ages and abilities will be able to come together and play side by side. Future plans include a sensory garden for the sight-impaired, a walking trail, picnic facilities, party pavilions, landscaping, and a memorial brick paver pathway.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park
22031 Baptist Encampment Rd., New Caney 77357
Lake Houston Wilderness Park is the only park in the Houston Parks and Recreation Department system where overnight camping is available. With approximately 5,000 acres of forest, 12 miles of hike and bike trails, 8 miles of equestrian trails and camping facilities, the park offers a variety of activities for visitors to experience. Cabins and walk-in campsites are available for rental. The park is a wilderness park and is heavily forested so visitors need to be aware that wildlife in the park includes several species of snakes. Lake Houston Wilderness Park is accessible from Hwy 59 and FM 1485.
2600 Block of Kingfisher, Humble 77338
Timberwood Park covers three acres and is located in the Timberwood subdivision. Timberwood Park is open 8 a.m. until dark and features playground equipment, two half-court basketball areas and picnic tables.
Hirsch Memorial Park
100 N. Houston Ave., Humble 77338
Hirsch Memorial Park covers four acres and is located at 100 North Houston Avenue. Hirsch Memorial is open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and features the Phillip Cezeaux Recreation Center, playground equipment, gazebo, swimming pool, picnic shelters, half-court basketball areas, and two lighted tennis courts.
8510 Will Clayton Ave., Humble, 77338
Covering 24 acres, Schott’s Park features many amenities including an open air pavilion, softball field, hardball field, picnic shelters, playground, half-court basketball area and a walking/jogging path 1 ¾ miles long.
308 Main St., Humble 77338
Located in downtown Humble, Uptown Park features a stage, gazebo, picnic tables, playground equipment, and restrooms.
More information about any of Humble city parks can be obtained by contacting the Parks Department at 281-446-3061.
The Clubs of Kingwood
1700 Lake Kingwood Trail, Kingwood, 77339
www.theclubsofkingwood.com l 281–358-2171
Houston Golf Association
510 Wilson Rd., Ste. 112, Humble, 77396
www.hga.org l 281-454-7070
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
2107 N. Houston Ave., Humble 77338
Oakhurst Golf Course Club
20700 Mills Branch, Kingwood 77365
www.oakhurstgolfclub.com l 281-354-4653
Redstone Golf Club
5860 Wilson Road, Humble 77396
www.redstonegolfclub.com l 281-459-7800
Tour 18 – Houston
3102 FM 1960 E, Humble 77338
www.tour18golf.com l 281-540-1818
Walden Country Club
18100 Walden Forest Dr., Humble 77346
www.tour18golf.com l 281-852-3551
Cypresswood Golf Club
21602 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 77373
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
805 Hamblen Rd., Kingwood 77339
World Houston Golf Club
4000 Greens Rd., Houston 77032
219 Main Street, Humble 77338
The Humble Museum, located at 219 Main Street, was established in 1976 as a Bicentennial Project. The museum features historical displays and items about the history of Humble and the local area. There are many articles and photographs dating back to the old oil field days of 1903 and 1904. In 1993 the building was named the Lillian McKay building in honor of her diligent work in organizing and operating the museum.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Teachers and classes are invited to visit the museum for special tours. Scout troops, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to schedule special times for their groups to tour the museum. McKay Clinic Medical Museum at 110 North Avenue C opened as part of the museum. It’s unique in that it is a medical museum housed in the building built especially for that purpose. Much of the original equipment was still in use when the clinic was closed with the death of Dr. McKay, Jr. in 1996. This museum is open by request.
Centre Stage Theatrical School & Company in Kingwood performs a variety of shows at The Nathaniel Center. Past shows include Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, and many more.
Kingwood Pops Orchestra
The Kingwood Pops Orchestra performs four concerts a year at The Nathaniel Center. Appealing to a large audience with a wide range of musical tastes, the Pops plays music from every genre: classical, pop, Broadway, TV & movies, Swing, and more.
The Clubs of Kingwood Water Park
1700 Lake Kingwood Tr., Kingwood 77339
The Clubs of Kingwood features a water park, with five recreational areas offering: adult pool and pool area, the Big Kahuna water slide and landing pool, a family pool and diving area, a lazy river, and a splash pad play area. Eight cabanas are located throughout the park. A private party area is designated inside the water park – perfect for birthdays, reunions and corporate outings.
Old MacDonald’s Farm
3203 FM 1960 Rd. E, Humble 77338
Old MacDonald’s Farm is a 15 acre children’s paradise with petting zoo, pony rides, train ride, and swimming pool. They cater to family outings, school field trips, day cares, and church groups and offer birthday party discounts for a group.
Kingwood Farmers Market
4403 Town Center Place, Kingwood 77339
The Kingwood Farmers Market is held each Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 pm until 7 pm (2 pm – 6 pm during Daylight Saving Time) at Town Center Park in Kingwood. Residents and visitors enjoy this bustling market full of fresh produce, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, and more.
Keller Williams Concert Series
Kings Harbor: 1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. in Kingwood
Since 2008, the Agents at Keller Williams Realty Northeast have presented a free concert series at Kings Harbor in Kingwood. The Keller Williams Concerts are the third Friday of each month (Feb.-Nov.) from 7-10 p.m. The evening concerts are held at the fountain plaza overlooking beautiful Lake Houston. The live entertainment has included Houston musical icons, American Idol finalists, tribute artists and natives to the Lake Houston area who have made it big on the regional music scene. In addition to the music, Keller Williams highlight a local non-profit organization at each concert. During the concert, the charity holds a fund-raising raffle with prizes donated by the Kings Harbor merchants. The raffle drawings are held during the band’s breaks. Band sponsorships are available for local businesses to help support the free concerts. For more information visit www.clickkwne.com/about/concert-series.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Community Events”]Community Events
Lake Houston Family YMCA Bridgefest – Kingwood
Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cookoff – Humble Civic Center Arena
Homestead Heritage Day – Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Lake Houston Home & Garden Show – Humble Civic Center
Raise The Roof Chili Cook-off – Humble Civic Center
Mardi Gras Festival & Parade – Town Center Park, Kingwood
NatureFest – Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
SpringFest: Wine & Art Festival – Old Town Spring
Good Oil Days Festival – Downtown Humble
Texas Crawfish Festival – Old Town Spring
CCA Crawfish Boil – Downtown Humble
Garden Party & Auction– Mercer Arboretum
Spring Car Show – Town Center Park, Kingwood
July 4th Festival – Town Center Park, Kingwood
Tasting the Town – Humble Civic Center
Longhorn Rod Run – Old Town Spring
Garden Faire & Fall Festival – Mercer Arboretum
Spring Car Show – Town Center Park, Kingwood
PetFest – Old Town Spring
Holiday Marketplace – Humble Civic Center
Tricks & Treats – Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Lake Houston 10k & 5k Run/Walk – Kings Harbor in Kingwood
Pioneer Day – Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
“Home For The Holidays” – Old Town Spring
“Home For The Holidays” – Old Town Spring
Christmas in the Park – Town Center Park in Kingwood
Humble Christmas Parade – Downtown Humble
Old-Fashioned Christmas – Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center