Top Outdoor Basketball Courts In Houston

August 16, 2014 7:00 AM

Everyone could use a little more exercise in their daily routine. Physical activity is important for individuals of all ages and participating in team sports helps get the heart rate moving while also encouraging social skills and team work. Basketball is one of the best sports for this purpose and the city of Houston and surrounding areas offer dozens of great outdoor basketball courts for fun and fitness. Here are some of the best outdoor basketball courts in the Houston area.
Root Memorial Square Basketball Court
1400 La Branch St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 629-3700

A game of basketball is just a short walk from downtown Houston thanks to Root Memorial Square Basketball Court. At this basketball court, exercise and sports buffs can enjoy a quick game of basketball with a view of the downtown skyscrapers in the background. Root Memorial Square Basketball Court is conveniently located next to the Toyota Center and it’s a popular attraction with downtown business people, many of whom visit the surrounding park during lunch. Its location and urban surroundings make it one of the city of Houston’s best basketball courts.

River Oaks Park
3600 Locke Lane
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-5998

For a broader array of outdoor fitness, consider a visit to River Oaks Park. Located in Houston’s prestigious River Oaks neighborhood, this city park has well-maintained basketball courts and is a popular stopping point for local residents who want to shoot some hoops. Once finished with a game of basketball, guests can play a game of volleyball in the sand court while the children roam about on the playground. Be sure to pack your rackets because River Oaks Park also has tennis courts. With so many sports facilities and beautiful trees, River Oaks Park is a great place for sports and more.

Spotts Park
401 S. Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 845-1000

Located in Houston’s Heights area, Spotts Park is a nice place for people watching and fitness. Its basketball courts are utilized by locals and others who drive here with the kiddos for an afternoon of exercise and play. Besides basketball, Spotts Park is known for its walking, bicycling, volleyball and more. Its central location to a large percentage of the Houston population makes it ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without venturing too far from home.

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Jaycee Park
1300 Seamist Drive
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 942-8500

Jaycee Park is a very nice, up-to-date park with much to offer. The park received some upgrades just a few years ago, including new basketball courts, new playground equipment and a walking trail. The park boasts some excellent basketball playing along with features like a rock climbing wall and other extras not found in many city parks. A day of basketball, some time spent with the kids on the playground and a quick lunch in the picnic area make for a great day at Jaycee Park.

Memorial Park
6501 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 837-0311

A very large urban park with much to offer, Memorial Park is a Houston outdoor treasure. It offers a respite from the tension of the city and yet is located right in the city, between downtown and the Galleria. Its basketball courts are accessible to all and present a great place to spend time with friends and show off your precise coordination. Memorial Park is a great place for running, walking, playing volleyball and otherwise enjoying the great outdoors. Time spent at Memorial Park, playing basketball or other sports, is the perfect means to a stress break in the big city.

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