This urban oasis draws comparison to New York City’s Central Park, but when the sun sets behind Rosemont Bridge and the Houston skyline lights up the sky, it’s impossible to think of being anywhere else. Joggers and cyclists commit miles to the park, thanks to the generous, ten-foot-wide paths and a landscape peppered with hidden art installations. Look for the lunar lights that change from blue to white in accordance with the phases of the moon, or the breathtaking Tolerance sculptures—hollow human figures constructed of letters by artist Jaume Plensa. But the park’s best secret is the underground cistern, which once served as Houston’s first underground drinking-water reservoir. Carve out some time on a Sunday morning to book a meditation session over the quiet pool of water.

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