The Katy-Houston Area’s Parks—And Why Connecting with Nature Benefits Seniors

Being outdoors is good medicine for the soul. Having easy access to beautiful places where you can walk, picnic, fish, explore, bicycle, and more can be both soothing and inspiring—and it’s a major reason why so many retirees are now residents of Sinceri Senior Living. They love the Katy-Houston area parks!

Whether you’re talking about benefits of nature, or life at a Sinceri Senior Living community, you’ll find everything you need right here.

The benefits of connecting with nature for older adults

Aristotle also was a fan of the outdoors, saying “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” And it’s really true for senior health.

  • Nature is good for overall health. Being outdoors can help us recover from injuries quicker. Strengthen our bones. Help us engage with others and help avoid the dangers of isolation. Improve mental health by improving our focus. Reduce stress, lower our heart rate and relax our muscles.
  • Nature keeps you engaged. Retired adults can struggle to adjust to days that aren’t filled with work or family obligations but instead leave them with a lot of unfilled time. Being able to get out and take a walk, explore a natural preserve, or just feel the sun on your face in one of the Katy-Houston area parks can work wonders for mental relief.
  • Nature chases depression away. Anger, fear, depression, anxiety: they are more likely to go away when you are in a beautiful forest or walking along a lake. Vitamin D alone can produce a positive outlook and boost the immune system. Cognitive function can improve as well.

The Katy-Houston Area’s parks: choices abound

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary located just miles from Downtown Houston on the western edge of Memorial Park. Visitors can enjoy programs and field trips as well as great birding and five miles of walking trails through native prairie, savanna, wetland, woodland, and riparian habitats.

To really get away from it all, be sure to check out the Big Thicket National Preserve (the first of its kind in the U.S) offers a biodiversity adventure with more than 113,00 acres that are home to unique and endangered species of plant and animal life. Big Thicket protects a biologically significant portion of the Piney Woods of southeast Texas. Hiking and paddling are the best ways to see the park; fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, biking and horseback riding are popular as well.

Those with a green thumb will want to take a stroll among the beautiful plants at the Houston Botanic Garden, featuring the amazing three-acre Global Collection Garden with plants from around the world. Also beautiful is the McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in historic Hermann Park, where you can enjoy the peaceful beauty of themed gardens, walking trails and sculptures.

If you’d like to learn more about the beautiful history of Katy, then Katy Heritage Park is a must-see on the list of the Katy-Houston area’s parks. From restored historic buildings to tours of the grounds and beautiful landscaping, this park is a must-see. Great for relaxing, having lunch at a picnic table, or learning more about the rich history of the area. There are lots of great spots for some special family photos.

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More ways to enjoy the outdoors in the Katy-Houston Area

Walking trails in the Katy-Houston Area’s parks

In Katy, check out Mason Creek South Hike & Bike Trail, a 2.6 mile paved trail with exercise stations.

Mary Jo Peckham Park  is a 0.8-mile trail for a shorter walk. There is an additional outer trail off the path with small elevation changes. Other amenities include mini-golf, fishing (the lake is stocked biweekly with catfish, bass, and rainbow trout), a gazebo, disk golf, picnic tables.

Rick Rice Park is a lovely 13-acre park with walking trails and a lighted bridge. Perfect place for a family picnic, or a leisurely stroll, which is easy to do as you pass by large inspirational “words” (hope, love, etc.) along the way.

On a hot day in Houston, wander the 2.5-mile loop trail through the shady Purple and Red Loop or try one of the 14 trails in Memorial Park through diverse natural settings.


For many, being in nature is even better when it involves some friendly competition, such as a round of golf. And you don’t have to be a pro to get the benefits. Henry David Thoreau said, “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Here are just few of the opportunities to take your morning walk on a beautiful course:

The Golf Club at Falcon Point offers a scenic and challenging 18-hole championship course designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge featuring well-manicured fairways and a stunning layout. Golfers of all skills levels can enjoy a truly exceptional experience for golfers.

The beautiful par-71, 6.992-yard championship golf course at The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch was designed by golf course architect Carlton Gipson to blend seamlessly with its pristine natural surroundings. Mature trees frame gently rolling fairways and manicured greens, while than 50 bunkers and beautiful water features creating both strategic diversity and a picturesque backdrop for golf.

Meadowbrook Farms features a Greg Norman Signature Course that can be played from 5,000 to 7,100 yards. The par-72 course is nestled among a multitude of hardwood trees, creeks, lakes, and wetlands terrain, framed by prairie grasses and wildflowers.

Sinceri Senior Living in the Katy-Houston Area: Senior living options that offer peace of mind

At Sinceri Senior Living, our legacy and business model were family-founded, so we understand the experience of aging, and how to honor your loved ones as they enter their golden years and beyond. We offer exemplary independent living, assisted living and memory care that goes above and beyond the standard expectation of service and care.

The Katy-Houston area has so much to offer seniors. Ready to learn more and see our community for yourself? We invite you to schedule a time for a private tour today to get to know us and picture yourself at Sinceri Senior Living. Learn more about designing your life one day at a time in our free download, Just the Facts: Independent Living.

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