Living in the Loop

Living in a densely populated, thriving, and energetic urban core has many advantages. School options are wide-ranging, commute times are usually shorter, and culture and green space are abundant. Read on to learn more about the amenities living inside The Loop affords. 

Houston & Central City Overview

Houston was founded on the banks of Buffalo Bayou in 1836, and early on, the city boomed because of its railroad and waterborne industries. Today, Houston is a world-class city home to 23 Fortune 500 companies and a diverse pool of skilled, multicultural workers. Now known as Space City and the Bayou City, Houston’s appeal is as wide-ranging and diverse as the people who live and work here.

While Greater Houston is sprawling and expansive – it covers more than 10,000 square miles – the heart of Houston can be found in the central city.


With over 20 museums and cultural centers all in walking distance from each other, Houston’s Museum District offers an abundance of enriching experiences for locals and visitors in one neighborhood. Families can discover new art installations, watch celebrated foreign films, learn how the human body works and much more. In addition, there are many smaller museums that are scattered throughout the inner loop.


Increasingly, Houston is becoming a model for urban greenspace for cities around the country. Award-winning parks such as Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park and Emancipation Park have resulted in desirable recreational amenities and gathering spaces for Houstonians.  But more importantly, our smaller parks play a critical role in defining the shape and feel of a neighborhood. 

Discovery Green
Buffalo Bayou Park
Market Square Park
Jaycee Park
West 11th St. Park
Wright-Bembry Park
Love Park
Lawrence Park
Montie Beach Park
Donovan Park
Memorial Park
Cottage Grove Park
Cleveland Park
Spotts Park
River Oaks Park  (Pumpkin Park)
Menil Park
Cherryhurst Park
Lamar Park
West Webster Dog Park
Bethel Church Park
Bagby Park
Midtown Park
Baldwin Park
Hermann Park
Fleming Park
Old Braeswood Park
Levy Park
Helen’s Park
Karl Young Park
Lafayette Park
Officer Lucy Dog Park
Linkwood Park
Scheweppe Park
Zollie Scales Park
Yellowstone Park
Park at Palm Center
MacGregor Park
Bennett Mills Park
Riverside Park
Emancipation Park
Smither Park
Fonde Park
Gragg Park
Brookline Park
Ingrando Park
Mason Park
Periser Park
DeZavala Park
Hidalgo Park
Diez Park
Settegast Park
Guadalupe Plaza
Marron Park
Eastwood Park
Root Memorial Square
Sam Houston Park
Tranquillity Park
Sesquicentennial Park
Hennessy Park
Swiney Park
Japhet Creek Park
Boyce-Dorian Park
Kress Lyons Park
Pleasnton Manor Park
Pleasantville Park
Hutcheson Park
Erwan Chew  Dog Park & Sprayground
Evelyn’s Park
Finnigan Park
Hutcheson Park
Mickey Leland Memorial Park
Quebedeaux Park
Mandell Park


Houston is home to five professional sports teams and three NCAA universities making it attractive to major sports events like the NCAA Final Four, CONCACAF Gold Cup, Super Bowl and more. Families can choose from a variety of sports events year round.


There are plenty of things to do without ever having to drive on a freeway when you live inside of the Loop. Families can find entertainment options that appeal to every family member.


When it comes to shopping, Houston has dozens of options within the Loop. Find gifts, home décor, high-end and resale retailers at one of the city’s shopping hubs.