Greater Katy Area Recreation: Friendly, Spirited, and Family-Oriented!

Katy, Texas, serves up wide-open spaces, community spirit, and the opportunity to meet your neighbors. Through the work of Keep Katy Beautiful, city improvement and beautification are coordinated and facilitated. Recreational facilities, golf courses, and neighborhood catch-and-release ponds abound. But if you want to branch out and head into Houston to catch a game or hike through the nature preserve at George Bush Park, it’s only 30 miles away. For fun in the sun, the Greater Katy Area is located a mere 90 miles from the sugar-sand beaches of the Gulf Coast.

A map of Katy City Parks can be found here.

youth sportsYouth and High School Sports

Youth and high school sports are a huge part of life in Texas, and the Katy area is no different. Baseball, basketball, and the Friday night lights of football are celebrated. The Katy Tigers football team boasts ten (and counting) championship game appearances in the last 20+ years and has racked up at least seven state titles. Legacy Stadium and Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium are home fields for Katy ISD high school football.

Additionally, a variety of clubs and leagues are available from fencing, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swim, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Hunting, sporting clays, fishing, biking, equestrian, skating, gymnastics, dance, martial arts, and more are available for focused and casual participants alike.

footballCollege Sports

Catching top-tier college sports action is always an option with five universities in the Houston metro area: Rice University, University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University, and San Jacinto College. Right in Katy, the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament tips off every March at the Merrell Center for the men's and women’s teams battling for a bid into the NCAA Tournament.

game day funProfessional Sporting Events

Game Day excitement is just 30 miles away with the Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Dynamo FC (MLS), and Houston Dash (NWSL). 


Ready to relax with a day of golf? The Greater Katy Area offers over 126 championship golf courses such as Cinco Ranch, Meadowbrook Farms, Willow Fork, Pine Forest Golf Club, and more. Tournaments are always on the schedule. Top Golf has a location in the Energy Corridor.

go kartsAndretti Indoor Karting and Games

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is a recreation supercenter offering legendary family fun entertainment with a two-level laser tag arena, a state-of-the-art VR experience, racing-themed boutique bowling lanes, party spaces, and premier indoor electric go-kart racing.

water parksWater Parks

The summers can get hot, hot, hot, but there are great ways to cool off! Typhoon Texas Waterpark offers heart-pumping water slides along with Buckaroo Bayou and Howdy Hollow for the kids. When it’s time to relax, the lazy river and Tidal Wave Bay are the perfect ways to round out the day. Likewise, many of the master-planned communities have their own pools, water parks, and splash playgrounds.


DIG WORLD TX is a construction-themed adventure park at Katy Mills that allows kids and adults to safely operate real construction equipment, including excavators, skid steers, and UTVs. Visitors can enjoy a playground, gem-mining station, turf field with yard games, and more, plus educational materials provided by Texas A&M University's Department of Construction Science.

Home Run Dugout

Home Run Dugout is a stand-alone complex with 12 simulated hitting bays, 20+ craft beers, a menu worthy of the brunch crowd, a dog park, live music, and a backyard mini-field. In short, everything nowhere else has, all in one place.


PopStroke is an experiential golf and casual dining concept merging a dynamic, technologically-advanced golf environment with food and beverage. TGR Design and Tiger Woods will be responsible for designing the putting courses.


resovoirAddicks and Barker Reservoirs

These reservoir systems are two of the largest urban parks in the country. For the Barker Reservoir, there are about 69 miles of open streams within the watershed, approximately 51 miles of which are within Harris County. There are 159 miles of open waterways in the Addicks Reservoir watershed.

conservatoryCoastal Prairie Conservatory

The Coastal Prairie Conservancy owns and manages several preserves that together make up the Katy Prairie Preserve system, which includes more than 18,000 acres of habitat just west of Houston, Texas. Each preserve has a unique history, geology, and wildlife community. Preserves open to the public include Indiangrass Preserve & Ann Hamilton Trail, Matt Cook Memorial Wildlife Viewing Platform, and Williams Prairie. Preserves open to guided access include Warren Ranch, Nelson Farms Preserve, and Mary Manor Preserve.

turtleJohn Paul Landing Park

24202 West Rd
Cypress, TX 77433

This Harris County-maintained 865-acre park has an environmental education center and 176-acre lake, which serves as a major flood detention facility for the area and accommodates terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.

dog parkKaty Dog Park

5414 Franz
Katy, TX 77493

his 7-acre off-leash park for canines, one of the city’s most popular attractions, is divided into small and large breed areas and has public restrooms. It features expanses of grass and trees with a third of a mile-long walking path, an agility course, a wading pool for dogs, custom dog showers, and fountains accessible for both the four-legged friend and their owners. 

harvest parkHarvest Plaza

5701 Third Street
Katy, TX 77493

In the heart of downtown Historic Katy, Harvest Plaza pays tribute to Katy’s beginnings as a rice-farming community. The beautifully landscaped plaza offers a shade structure with night lighting, benches, a water feature, commemorative brick paving, and a large green space for recreation or relaxation.

city parkKaty City Park – Sports Fields

5850 Franz Road
Katy, TX 77493

This sports facility is home to lighted baseball fields, softball fields, a soccer/multipurpose field, a covered three-court basketball pavilion, six ADA-accessible tennis courts, and picnic tables for year-round use. All athletic fields are available for reservation.  

city pavillionKaty City Park – Katy Play Station and Outdoor Pavilion

5611 Gardenia Lane
Katy, TX 77493

The all-inclusive 13,000-square-foot playground is custom-designed as a tribute to Katy’s namesake, the MKT Rail line, and is the state’s largest playground innovation for multiple-impaired and profoundly deaf children. This one-of-a-kind attraction has quickly become a destination within the community for all families seeking fun recreation. Katy Playstation was featured in Today’s Playground Magazine and has received several awards for its design and contribution to the Katy community. The Playstation Pavilion, equipped with permanent picnic tables and benches that seat approximately 50, is available for rental. 

arboretumKaty Arboretum

2046 Katy City Park Road
Katy, TX 77493

The Katy Arboretum was developed as a joint venture with the City of Katy, CenterPoint Energy, and Keep Katy Beautiful. The three-acre park is an educational green space promoting CenterPoint Energy's Right Tree Right Place initiative and is home to various species of trees identified with educational plaques. The park is a popular location for families, scout groups, and tourists featuring a play structure, outdoor BBQ grill, patio with picnic-style seating, and a tranquil walking path. There are two pavilion spaces at the Arboretum for reservation. 

heritage parkKaty Heritage Park

5990 George Bush Drive
Katy, TX 77493

Established in 2003 as a joint project with the City of Katy and the Katy Heritage Society, Heritage Park is best known for its restored historic buildings, beautiful landscaping, the Tradition Bank bandstand gazebo, and brick paved patio. Tours of the historic homes can be arranged through the Katy Heritage Society.

railraod parkMKT Railroad Depot and Park

5615 1st St
Katy, TX 77493

This pocket park and historic train station with life-sized exhibits and a quaint, red caboose car on display provides an eye-catching landmark for historic downtown Katy and is currently serving as a museum and visitor center for the city.

arboretumMary Jo Peckham Park

5597 Gardenia Lane
Katy, TX 77493

This 32-acre green space features a 5-acre neighborhood fishing lake that is part of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s stocked freshwater fisheries for catch-and-release activities (one of four locations in the Houston region). The Park also has a putting green, a miniature golf course, six-hole disc golf course, and a playground with a large pavilion and a gazebo.

thomas parkThomas Park

5919 Fourth Street
Katy, TX 77493

This small, historic facility located at the edge of Historic Downtown Katy is the location of the Tri-County marker where the borders of Harris, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties intersect. Thomas Park attracts visitors with its tranquil environment, paved walking path, benches, playground, and gazebo, which is available for rental.

arboretumTown Park

Town Park Boulevard and Katy Hockley Cut-off

This park has a large, open green space that provides a beautiful walking scape for the 2/3-mile trail.

vfw parkVeterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Park

6202 George Bush Drive
Katy, TX 77493

Centrally located within the City of Katy and home to the bi-annual Community Campouts and Katy Summer Nights series, this wooded park offers a unique children’s playground with a large pyramid rope climber, two picnic pavilions with tables, a walking path, and public restrooms. VFW Park's large outdoor pavilion has permanent concrete tables and benches, seats approximately 96, and is available for rentals. There is also a smaller pavilion for rental that seats about 25 and has space for additional table and chair set-up. 

woodland parkWoodsland Park

443 Danover Road
Katy, TX 77494

True to its name, Woodsland Park is a tranquil, heavily wooded 7-acre gem. The park features a covered basketball court, picnic tables, a playground, an outdoor pavilion with a large barbecue pit, and a community center.

The 1,333-square-foot Woodland Park Community Center, with a maximum occupancy of 100, is equipped with a full kitchen, indoor restrooms, and tables and chairs, making it ideal for bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, or other related events.