~ My Pick: Top 10 Picnic Spots in Houston!

Today, April 12th 2018, marks the 2nd anniversary for my blog and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for continued reads, likes, comments, love and support!!

So today being a special day, I am sharing a special post – if you follow me on Instagram (nshrivas) you already know that we love being outdoors and doing picnics and so today, I am sharing top 10 picnic spots in and around Houston with you all…

Spring is officially here!!! While our friends on the east coast are still getting attacked by nasty snow storms, we in Houston are lucky! Our temperatures are nothing short of gorgeous sunny days!

The bluebonnets and azaleas are in full bloom all over Houston, which means it’s time to finally enjoy being outside after one of the coldest winters in the history of Texas!!

So what way to welcome spring that some outdoor picnicking. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

1. Ray Miller Park

This isn’t a big one on the map, but super convenient for me and other residents on or around Eldridge Pkwy because it’s literally a stone throw away ( but don’t throw stones, you might hit someone, LOL!!). Here they have two place areas for the kiddos, BBQ grills and even cute gazebos and a bridge, perfect for a photoshoot. Often you’ll see bootcamp classes being held here as well. This is our go to choice for an evening stroll or a quick weekday picnic!

Location: 1800 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077.

2. Arthur Storey Park

Being located on the feeder of Beltway 8, just after the Bellaire Blvd. traffic light when coming from I-10, this one is a big park. We ourselves haven’t ever walked the entire park! Even though we personally haven’t done a picnic here, this is often our choice for an evening walk over the weekend. It has play areas, BBQ grills and picnic tables along with offering bike and hike trails and to top it all off a tai-chi court!

Location: 7400 W. Sam Houston Pkwy South, Houston, TX 77072.

3. Terry Hershey Park

Living on the west side of Houston has many advantages and one of them being beautiful parks that surround the area. And one of them being the beautiful Terry Hershey Park, along the Buffalo Bayou, that’s just 5 mins from our place! The bayou winds through the park with scenic bike and hiking trails abs the wild bluebonnets that adorn the trails are a bonus!! There are picnic tables and BBQ grills for those looking for a fun outdoor meal.

Location: 15200 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079.

4. Bear Creek Park

This one has a petting zoo!!! Enough said! Along with walking trails it also has soccer fields, little league and softball fields, tennis courts and numerous picnic pavilions – perfect for large picnics as they are surrounded by hundreds of picnic tables and BBQ grills.

Location: Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084 or 3535 War Memorial Drive.

5. Hermann Park

This one is a family favorite – with the museums so close and the zoo in the same complex, you can’t go wrong choosing this location for your day out! Ideal for large group picnics or even birthday parties!

Hermann Park even offers a designated picnic area equipped with picnic tables, BBQ grills, swing sets, a boardwalk and fun trails to hike and ride your bike. Plus, Hermann Park also has a train you can ride around the park as well as boating in the lake. If that’s not it, the beautiful Japanese garden is perfect for photoshoots.

Location: 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030.

6. Miller Outdoor Theatre

Even though I haven’t ever been to a performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre yet, this one is high on my list for summer 2018 as it is the perfect place to soak up the beautiful weather. With free performances from March through October, what’s not to like!!

Location: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030.

Pic courtesy Google!!

7. Levy Park

This one is a newer park, and hence one I haven’t visited yet. But from I hear this one is a complete package with a splash pad, climbing walls and numerous jungle gyms, you and your family can enjoy an entire day at the park. Once the kids have worked up an appetite on the playground, bring a lunch and enjoy it on the Activity Lawn where there are numerous things to enjoy like table tennis, a mini-golf putting green even chairs and tables for those of you who forget to bring your blanket. And for your furry friends, there’s also a dog park.

Location: 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098.

Pic courtesy Google!!

8. Discovery Green

Even though we haven’t ever done a “picnic” here, it’s a welcome green space in the heart of downtown, with attractive art installations! The picnic lawn offers more than just picnic space, as it also includes dog runs, a playground and a mist tree, which is perfect for hot summer days! It offers kayaking during the summer months and ice skating in the winter time. Perfect for a little family day away at the park!

Location: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010.

Pic courtesy Google!!

9. Waterwall Park!

If you work around the Galleria Area, this location provides for a wonderful mid work day escape during your lunch hour! The sound of rushing water from the 64-foot-U-shaped water fountain along with some sprinkles will lift your spirits even on the most Mondayest Monday!!

Location: 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056.

10. Memorial Park

This one is in the heart of Houston, proving a quick retreat from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle that Houston is. Along with a golf course, the park also has facilities for tennis, softball, swimming, skating, volleyball, skating, cycling and also running!! Lots of picnic tables for a fun family day as well.

Location: 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007.

Pic courtesy Google!!

Hope you enjoyed this post and are all set to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather that Houston has to offer now days!! Until next time, ciao!

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~ Island Style – 2!!

With Spring Break around the corner and a lot of you having some beach getaways planned, or for those who are still stuck with frigid temperatures and are surely dreaming of tropical weather, today’s post is on Island Fashion!

My 1st Island Fashion post can be viewed here: ~ Island Style – 1

For the July 4th long weekend last year, we drove to Florida, and went to Pensacola Beach, Destin and Panama City Beach! I’ll be sharing our trip details soon, but for now, wanted to share some of my looks for our beach getaway 🙂

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I was absolutely feeling the boho vibes while on the beach or in and about a beach town and most of my looks reflect the same!

My first look was a long skirt with a cute short top, not in any shape to show my mid section (that I call tummy) though, LOL!!

The skirt is from Target and the top is from Aeropostale and my headband is from Claire’s and Jewelry from Charming Charlie.

My second look was a coverup and a big beachy hat. This coverup is from Miami, and so is the hat. But I am linking some cute options here (Amazon Cover-upsAmazon Beach HatsTarget Cover-upsTarget Beach Hats). My swim wear is from Walmart and I love their Catalina line (Walmart Catalina Swimwear).

My third look was a Desi fushion look – pairing a demin shirt with harem pants! Harem pants are from India and the denim shirt is from Kuwait, I wasn’t able to find similar options for the harem pants but here are some denim shirt options (Target Denim Shirt).

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There’s something about the beach, it relaxes me completely and also gets the quirky side out in me!

My first look in this collage was a simple shorts with T-shirt paired with a funky sleeveless kimono. Linking similar options here (NY&C ShortsOld Navy TopTarget Kimonos).

My second look was for July 4th fireworks!! This cute dress was hanging in my closet for a good part of the year but I hadn’t found the perfect occasion to wear it, but fireworks at the beach sounded perfect!! The dress is from Aeropostale, wristlet from Coach and my funky wooden jewelry from Hawaii, head band from Claire’s.

For a day out on and about the beach, I wore this coverup that I got from Bahamas over my swim wear with my beachy hat. Similar options linked here (Amazon Cover-upsTarget Cover-upsAmazon Beach HatsTarget Beach Hats and lastly Walmart Catalina Swimwear).

For our sunset cruise, I wanted to keep it chic yet cool (and by cool, I mean cool temperatures as it was scorching hot!!) so I opted for this denim skirt I got from Kuwait along with this funky top from and beachy hat I got from our trip to San Juan. Similar options  linked – Denim SkirtCool Tops from GapAmazon Beach HatsTarget Beach Hats).

For my flip flops, I usually shop at one of the following: AeropostaleOld Navy and AerosolesTarget has a cute collection too!

It was a super fun trip and we had a great time! I’ll definitely be talking about these destinations and their details more towards the summer, so stay tuned!!

Also, here are some islandy destinations I have shared on the blog in earlier posts, in case you are interested in checking them out 💁🏻

– Cruise to Bahamas: ~ Cruise to Bahamas…

– Cruise to Mexico: ~ Our 6 day Western Caribbean Cruise to Mexico!

– Maui, Hawaii: ~ Maui, Hawaii…

– Big Island, Hawaii: ~ The Big Island of Hawaii…

– Oahu, Hawaii: ~ Oahu, Hawaii!!

– San Juan, PR: ~ The Perfect Vacation: San Juan, PR!

If you are staying local / around Houston:

– Austin: ~ Around Houston: Austin!!

– San Antonio: ~ Around Houston: San Antonio!!

– New Orleans: ~ Around Houston: New Orleans!!

– Fredericksburg: ~ Around Houston: Fredericksburg!!

– South Padre Island: ~ Around Houston: South Padre Island…

– Wall Murals around Houston: ~ Houston – Off the Beaten Path: Wall Murals – Part 1.

And some general information is always good, am I right?!

– Road Trip Ready: ~ Road Trip Ready!

– Crusising Tips and Tricks: ~ Cruising Tips & Tricks!!

– What’s in my Carry on: ~ What’s in my Carry-on!!

– Patio Maintanence (spring special!!): ~ Patio Maintenance!!

Alright folks, thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend and the upcoming Spring Break!! 🌴☀️