Gas up the car and head to Hockley – Zube Park to be specific. Okay, it’s not that dramatic. It’s only about five minutes past the Houston Premium Outlets, but you do pass a Buccee’s – does that make it a road trip?
In either case, this park complex is probably Hockley’s best kept secret and the whole family will love it!
1. Zube Park is Actually 3 Parks
When you plan to meet at Zube Park always verify with your group which one! While Zube Park and Zupe Spray Park are technically the same park you cannot walk from one to the other, yet – it is in the plans. The third part of the park is the free train that is run by HALS (Houston Area Live Steamers).
2. There’s a Free Splashpad
The newer side of the park is home to an expansive playscape and a free Splashpad. It is enclosed by a fence and the water turns on when you touch designated spots throughout the play area. My kids loved seeing if they could run away before the water started spraying!
3. There’s a Free Train!
HALS is a group dedicated to live-steam modeling. They have over 4700′ of track on which to share their trains and offer rides to the public. On the 3rd Saturday of each month (March through November), they offer their public run days for the community. The trains run between 9 am - 1 or 2 pm, check the schedule for specifics and arrive early to avoid long lines. There is a large pavilion available on a first come first served basis for parties and groups.
4. It’s Fun to Say
Throughout this article, you may have been going back and forth about how to pronounce Zube. Does it rhyme with cube? No, it is pronounced “Zoo-bee!” The name comes from the Zube family. Carl “Charles” Friedrich Zube immigrated from the Kingdom of Prussia in the mid-1850s and purchased a 117-acre tract of land from the State of Texas in 1867. A portion of this tract makes up part of the 225 acres that Zube Park currently sits on.
5. You Can Workout
6. You Can Party
7. Your Dog is Welcome
While public parks are subject to leash laws, the park water faucets were nicely fitted with attached dog bowls. There are plenty of asphalt trails to walk as well so this makes a nice destination for your fur-baby.
A Few More Notes Before you Head to Zube Park
ParkingParking is easy. There are generously sized lots at each location
Know Before You Go
- The parks are not yet connected in a way you can walk from one to the next, you will need to drive between them.
- There are bathroom facilities available at each park.
- The train lines can get long but the move pretty well.
- Pets on leashes are allowed, but not on the play structures.
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