While the current temperatures attest that it’s most definitely summer, the morning and early evening are still good times to get outdoors with your family. Here are a couple of suggestions of where your journeys can take you:
True North on Heights Boulevard
True North 2019, a Heights Boulevard sculpture project, is installed between the 400 and 1800 blocks of Heights Boulevard. Get some exercise or maybe pack a picnic and check out the following pieces: “What goes around, Comes around…” by John Runnels, “Oar: Barnacles” by Jill Bedgood, “Zorro” by Jeffie Brewer, “Home Fire” by Damon Thomas, “Metamorphosis” by Peter Mangan, “Moon Tree” by Michelle O’Michael, “Rediscovering Cubism in an Age of Anxiety 3: Big Boy Is Anxious Too” by Meredith Jack and “North Space Ruin” by Jeffrey Forster.
The Watonga Bats
Take the White Oak Bayou Biking Trail to the Watonga Bridge. Just don’t stand under it, because at dusk the thousands of bats that make their home under the bridge will take flight. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, approximately 100,000 Mexican free-tailed bats call the Watonga Boulevard bridge home. The bridge is located at 4721 Watonga Blvd.
Bats can be viewed from the viewing platform near the bridge. Oak Forest residents say it’s sometimes hit or miss on the exact time of flight, but a resident took a recent video showing an awesome display around 8 p.m.
What is it exactly? Geochaching.com explains that geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Just think of it as a GPS treasure hunt. The app at Geochaching.com can get you started.
“There are so many hidden caches in the hood – my kids love it,” area resident Jill Boatright said. “OK, I probably love it a little more than them.”
5050 Acorn Golf
It’s not free but still reasonable to get a bucket of balls and get into the swing of things. There’s also a fenced playground for kids and a large fenced dog park. 5050 Acorn Golf is located at 5050 Acorn St. For more information, visit http://acorndrivingrange.com/.
Disc golf in T.C. Jester Park
As the Parks and Recreation Department notes on its website, disc golf is inexpensive and something you can do with your whole family.
While the city offers five disc golf courses ranging from nine to 18 holes in parks throughout Houston, the closest one to area residents is at T.C. Jester Park, 4201 W. T.C. Jester Blvd. It is a nine-hole course.
Disc golf courses are free to play and open to the public during normal park hours of operation.