The Uptown/Galleria district draws in visitors looking to shop and explore the urban community. While there are many attractions in and around greater Houston, the Galleria shopping mall, Memorial Park, the Lake on Post Oak and the Water Wall continue to be popular destinations.
The Galleria mall is 3 million square feet in size, the seventh largest shopping center in the country. It is an architectural showpiece as well as a haven for upscale retailers, like Gucci, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus. The mall attracts more than 35 million visitors annually, making it one of Houston's most popular tourist destination.
The two local natural retreats are Memorial Park and Lake on Post Oak. Memorial Park is 1,505 acres in size, larger than New York's Central Park. The park features paved and unpaved paths, riding trails, jogging and exercise trails, plus a variety of athletic facilities. The golf course, swimming pool, tennis center, baseball and softball fields are busy with all types of athletes. The Houston Arboretum and Botanical Garden is also located at Memorial Park.
The Lake on Post Oak is another of Houston's urban getaways. The 'lake' consists of three manmade ponds and a lush garden area in a development on Post Oak Boulevard. It is a popular site for office workers to lunch and socialize during the week, or for families to picnic on the weekends. This development is also home to The Water Wall, another of Houston's exceptional attractions. The Water Wall is a 64-foot, curved, black obsidian wall/fountain that pumps over 78,000 gallons of water over its surface every three hours. Its impressive stature is often used as a backdrop for bridal party photographs and special events.
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