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Oyster Creek Park: Spectacular Beauty and Art in Sugar Land, Texas

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, Texas

Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, Texas

Oyster Creek Park

Sugar Land, Texas, is the location where people can find the beautiful Oyster Creek Park. My husband and I recently visited this beautiful urban park and loved every minute we spent there.

From the Highway 6 parking lot, there is an excellent restroom facility with a water fountain.

Entering the central part of the park, one first has to cross over a bridge. Looking down into Oyster Creek, there are groupings of turtles swimming just below the bridge. In case you are unaware, a gathering of turtles is called a bale. Don’t you feel smarter now? I have a feeling that many people probably feed them, which is why they congregate there.

The splashing of the water fountain and beautiful pond with little waterfalls flowing over the rocks greeted us. It is such a pretty man-made feature in this park.

Oyster Creek Trail

We had a choice of walks and decided first to take the Oyster Creek Trail. We walked the entire Oyster Creek Trail, which has markers every quarter mile. The paved asphalt trail runs along Oyster Creek and is only 2.25 miles in length. It is not a loop trail, so walking back, we doubled that mileage.

By viewing these photos, it is easy to tell that the trail is smooth and easy for just about anyone to enjoy. However, precautions must still be taken! Several signs posted throughout the park warn of the possibility of snakes and alligators being present.

People should stay at a distance and never feed alligators. Other signs say that unless an alligator is in a high traffic area and acting aggressively, they do not need reporting.

Several emergency phones are in place along this trail, which is some comfort just in case it was ever necessary to report some mishap.

Alligator Sighting

Some people approaching us gave us a tip to look for the alligator about 100 yards from where we were on the trail. Thanks to them, we spotted it.

Don’t let this photo fool you into thinking that we were so close to it. I used my zoom lens on my camera and did some cropping of the photo to make it appear so visible. Had we not been told to look for it, we could easily have thought that it was just a log on the banks of Oyster Creek.

Alligator on banks of Oyster Creek Park Trail

Alligator on banks of Oyster Creek Park Trail

Heading back to the open spaces and Water Garden Loop, this was our view from the Oyster Creek Trail.

Oyster Creek Park

Oyster Creek Park

Water Garden Loop Trail

Art is scattered along this Water Garden Loop Trail, and we enjoyed every piece. When entering the park over the bridge, this is the first piece of art on display.

If you wish to see more of what Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau has created here in Houston, be sure and check out the Biscuit Paint Wall.

There were some marvelous bronze sculptures scattered along the Water Garden Loop area of the park. Everyone viewing these bronze sculptures have the Levin family to thank for their donations. The sculptures add much to the enjoyment of the park.

Temporary Art Displays

We would see several more art pieces as we traversed this trail. I am not sure if these recent art pieces are permanent or just fleeting. Other art pieces have been shown in this Oyster Creek Park in the past.

Temporary art displays such as the “Obstacle Art Path” can keep the public interested and also informed as to current or interesting art trends. We love seeing the temporary art displays on Heights Boulevard in Houston. The “True South” exhibit was one example of why we enjoy such presentations. The Trail of Art was another one we enjoyed.

It is terrific to have permanent exhibits such as the Henry Moore sculpture in Eleanor Tinsley Park near downtown Houston. We delight in short-term as well as permanent exhibits when it comes to viewing art.

Beautiful Lawn Areas

There are vast expanses of lawn areas in this part of the park. Dogs were being walked, and children were playing on those grassy lawn expanses.

Of course, anyone going to Oyster Creek Park on a beautiful day can spread a cloth upon the grass and have an impromptu picnic in an area of their choice. As we started our walk around the Water Garden Loop, we spotted this guy taking it easy in a hammock strung between two trees.

Spectacular Water Feature

In addition to the enjoyable places to walk plus the art in the park, my favorite feature in Oyster Creek Park is the water. From the fountain at the top to the fountain near the bridge at the bottom, the water flows over and between large rocks beautifully placed throughout the space.

In places, kids and adults were balancing on rocks and walking from rock to rock across the water feature. No swimming or wading is allowed.

Benches and picnic tables, along with the stage/pavilion are in place along this scenic waterway. We spent some time munching on some peanut butter crackers and sipping water while relishing the delightful scenery from a bench overlooking the landscape. That was our spur-of-the-moment lunch that day.

There were several professional photographers taking photos that day using different backgrounds.

Location

Oyster Creek Park is a bucolic setting in the heart of the increasingly urban Sugar Land. My husband and I truly delighted in the time we spent there. The address is 4033 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.

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Oyster Creek Park

Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau

Sugar Land, Texas

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

It is easy to see the beauty of this park as well as the creativity in design. I appreciate your comment.

manatita44 from london on April 01, 2020:

What I see in a lot of your Hubs Peggy, is beauty, clarity ... neatness. The creativity is immense, true, but there is much dignity and elegance in the pieces, as well as the sites.

Money is within God and an essential tool of the Divine, used wisely. Many of these as you have shown, rely on humanitarian deeds and altruistic actions. Awesome!

The verdure of the whole thing from fountain to trails, are distinctive.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Yes, we celebrate the arts in the Houston metro area, and it is found in the most interesting places.

Robert Sacchi on March 31, 2020:

Another beautiful park in the Houston area. It seems they put a lot of artwork in the park.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi justmesuzanne,

So happy to be able to share that information about the turtles with you. This is a beauty of a park!

I think that if people keep their distance from one another, open-air parks are probably safe...as safe as anything can be right now with Covid-19 raging around the world. People still need some exercise and fresh air.

justmesuzanne from Texas on March 24, 2020:

Gorgeous! I never knew that this existed when I lived in TX, and thanks for the collective noun for turtles! I had no idea, and it is pertinent to me! :)

This sort of exhibit would be a nice choice for people in these times of social distancing. If going outdoors for individual exercise is permitted, perhaps it would be alright to visit open, interesting areas like this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Oyster Creek Park is a real beauty. As to the alligators, just about any waterway in our area could potentially have alligators, so it is just a fact of life. With reasonable precautions, few people are ever harmed.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 15, 2020:

That is a lovely little park. I like the art, the beautiful waterways and the somewhat frightening alligators. Coexistence with them though, as it’s their world too. Beautiful park!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I hope that your family and friends are able to return to the UK, and remain safe.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 14, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy. I wish you well too. These are unprecedented times that we are living in. We have friends and family in Spain and France at the moment, wondering how to get back to the UK.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2020:

Hi Jason,

You must be familiar with the beauty that Texas has to offer, judging from your comment. I am happy to be able to share some photos and information with you. I agree that temporary art exhibits benefit everyone involved. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It is my pleasure to show you this park and others on our side of the pond. Wishing you well in the UK right now with this coronavirus pandemic. Stay safe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I am pleased that you are enjoying reading about and seeing the different areas of what makes the Houston metro area so attractive to people who live here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

Thanks for taking a look at Oyster Creek Park and leaving a comment. It is such a beauty!

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on March 14, 2020:

Great job Peggy. An excellent article filled with interesting photos. Very cool artwork. Temporary art displays are a lot of fun. Both for the viewers, and also the artist. I love Texas, it's very pretty there. Thanks for sharing your wonderful content.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

I agree that temporary sculptures add interest to an area because the next visit may have something entirely different. These door sculptures have appeared in many different areas around the Houston metro area.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 14, 2020:

This looks like an amazing park. There is so much of interest to see there. I really appreciated your well-illustrated guide.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 14, 2020:

I just love these glimpses of your city and surrounding area. That first photo is spectacular.

manatita44 from london on March 14, 2020:

I like the fountain, the blue hammock and surrounding areas. Seems designed for relaxation, as a few places in Bali, which was initially purpose-built, I believe. The art is cool. Lovely Park.

Lorna Lamon on March 14, 2020:

A beautiful and scenic park Peggy and I love the idea of 'Temporary Art Displays' which make the walk so interesting. Another interesting feature is spotting the Alligator - this would certainly keep you on your toes. I enjoyed this scenic trip with wonderful photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

This park is so gorgeous. It would be hard not to get good photos of it since it is so scenic. Glad you liked learning about Oyster Creek Park.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2020:

Your pictures of this beautiful park are outstanding, as usual. The Osyter Creek Trail is so prettyr and I like the white wild flowers. This i another nice place to visit.