Today we took a trip to the Glenwood Cemetery, which is hidden away on Washington Avenue. Now, we know what you’re thinking. Who on earth would want to hang out in a cemetery? We asked ourselves the same question, because none of us had ever been there. However, a few of our history-loving friends talked the rest of us into accompanying them, and we are glad they did. The cemetery doesn’t have the mournful feeling you might expect. Instead, there is an overwhelming feeling of peace and tranquility. In fact, many Houstonians come here for that reason alone. The cemetery is open to joggers, bicyclist and motorists to visit. We turned in through the gates and were amazed by this expansive site, filled with giant oaks and beautiful monuments. We first drove around for a little while, taking everything in. Then, we decided to get out and walk around. Being so close to the bayou, Glenwood Cemetery is dotted with natural ravines and hills. The landscape is not something one would expect in the center of a major metropolitan area. We hiked around and took in the calm afternoon with an air of reverence. While the atmosphere does wonders for the soul, one popular pastime is finding famous names on the gravestones – names that range from philanthropists and politicians to authors and religious figures. Houstonians might recognize names such as Hofheinz, Hermann and George R. Brown. However, the most famous figure interred here is Howard Hughes Jr., aka The Aviator. This famous Houstonian was every bit as big and eclectic as Houston itself. He made movies in Hollywood, invented the push-up bra and revolutionized the aviation industry. If you want to know more, check out the film, The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the late Howard Hughes. The cemetery is just another illustration of how Houstonians are always mindful of where we come from. Glenwood Cemetery has a rich history, enhanced by the serenity of nature, and is just a few blocks from Downtown. In a city that continues to grow, it is always nice to find reminders of our past. Insider’s Guide
• Feel free to bring your bike or your dog. This place is like a park, just no Frisbees please.
• The speed limit is 10 mph. So be respectful as you drive through.
• You can get a map of the cemetery on the website or at the office, and trust us when we say that you’ll need it.
2525 Washington Ave., Houston, TX
Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When Daylight Saving Time is in effect, the gate closing is extended to sunset or 5:30 p.m., whichever is earlier.
Free Street Parking
Yes, however, children under 16 must be accompanied by responsible adults. Dog friendly.