I'll bet most of you have heard of Donovan Park - this one-of-a-kind wooden fortress is one of Houston's most popular playgrounds. If you haven't visited in a while (or ever!) now's the time to check it out, before the summer heat makes visits to this mostly-unshaded park much less pleasant.
I'll start off with this park's biggest disadvantage: pre-walkers won't find much to entertain them here. There are several baby swings, of course, and a little boardwalk to crawl on, grassy areas to spread a blanket on, and a cute wooden train to climb in and out of (if they've mastered climbing).
We visited just before Lana's first birthday, and she enjoyed crawling back and forth in this spot for a while.
Then it was on to the swings:
Finally, we played on the train.
We had a good time with our little climber, but overall, this playground is best for walkers, jumpers, and runners. There are multiple play structures here, and they look nothing like most other playgrounds I've been to (the most similar I've seen is the Tomball Memorial Playground). The park is fenced, which is great if you've got a little escape artist on your hands.
Because it's a) supercool and b) located in the heart of the Heights, this park does get quite crowded at peak times, but it's usually big enough for everyone.
If you go:
- Address: 700 Heights Boulevard, Houston TX 77007
- Parking: Free street parking on Heights Boulevard