SEE & DO
MKT Depot and Caboose
The historic Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Depot, which has been restored to serve as an Information and Tourist Center, is the central location for visitors to obtain information, brochures and maps of Katy. The Depot is also a museum and displays many original elements of how it operated as a passenger rail service in Katy until 1957. The Katy Heritage Society’s red caboose is also located on the beautifully landscaped site with benches and a town clock.
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Katy Mills Mall
Katy Mills Mall is a climate controlled indoor shopping mall with over 175 stores and 1.3 million square feet of retail space. It features a high-fashion line-up including H&M, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole and Tommy Bahama. It offers visitors a mecca of retail shopping, dining options, movie theater and tons of family entertainment.
Katy Heritage Museum
The Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum features vintage farming equipment and artifacts from Katy’s agricultural and pioneering history, along with scores of old photographs and fascinating antiques. Schools, clubs and groups can make arrangements for special tours of the museum.
Thursday – Sunday
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Katy Heritage Homes
Established in 2003 as a joint project with the City of Katy and the Katy Heritage Society, Katy Heritage Park boasts restored historic buildings, beautiful landscaping and yearly activities. Heritage Park is also host to many community events with its Tradition Bank bandstand pavilion and brick paved patio. The park is open from dawn to dusk,
Tours: first weekend of every month
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Katy's Veterans Memorial Museum, or “The G.I. Joe Museum”, is a first-class military exhibit of historical significance encompassing every foreign conflict involving the United States. Special group schedules are available upon request. Free admission.
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Typhoon Texas is a 43-acre water park that is currently under construction and slated to open in May of 2016. It will offer some of the best new rides and attractions available in the industry, and also utilizes advanced filtration technology and high turnover rates to provide the cleanest water of any park currently operating in the United States. Come take part in this family water park entertainment.
No Label Brewery
The family owned and operated brewery started out as small tastings for family and friends and soon became a one-of-a-kind hotspot in Katy. With tours, tastings and events, there is always fun with live music, food trucks and it’s both kid-friendly and pet-friendly. The perfect place to sit, visit and enjoy a pint. With beers too unique to be labeled or classified, No Label Brewery is a must-visit place for everyone.
Ancestral Homes of Katy
Ancestral Homes of Katy were researched and historical markers erected by the local Texas Sesquicentennial Committee in 1986. The historical markers can be used as a guide for a walking or driving tour of more than a dozen historical homes and buildings in downtown Katy.
Katy Boardwalk District
Coming soon! The Katy Boardwalk District which will be home to the City’s new full-service hotel and conference center, first class restaurants, as well as mixed-use development consisting of loft living space, retail and a public plaza, all anchored by an 89-acre nature park with boardwalks, nature preserves and a 2-mile walking trail system.
The City of Katy Parks and Recreation Department committed to providing quality park facilities and community events for the use and enjoyment of the residents of Katy. Parks and recreation services are beneficial to the community as it strengthens community image and sense of place, protects environmental resources, supports economic development, promotes health and wellness, and increases quality of life.
The Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintained ten diverse parks, as well as hosts ten community events throughout the year, in order to improve the quality of life that makes Katy a standout community.
Opened in March 2007, this off-leash park for canines of all sizes and is open everyday from dawn to dusk and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The 14 acre park offer lots of grass and trees with a third of a mile length walking path, a wading pool for dogs, custom dog showers and fountains accessible for both the four legged friend and their owners. Stop by and enjoy our newest attraction- the agility course! Located on the west side of the park, this course was designed for dogs to train or exercise along with their owners with ease. The park is divided into two parts for small and large breed dogs and has public restrooms.
In the heart of downtown Historic Katy, Harvest Plaza is set aside to pay 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 and commemorative brick paving.
KATY CITY PARK
This sports facility is home to 2 baseball fields, 2 softball fields, a state of the art sports lighting system, soccer field/multipurpose field, a covered three court basketball pavilion, six ADA accessible tennis courts and many picnic tables for year round use. All athletic fields are available for rentals Monday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
KATY PLAY STATION & PAVILION
The state’s largest innovative playground for multiple-impaired and profoundly deaf children, is also located within Katy City Park. The all-inclusive 13,000 square foot playground, custom designed as a tribute to Katy’s name sake the MKT Rail line. This play facility is a one-of-a-kind attraction for both able and disabled bodied children and has quickly become a destination within the community for family fun recreation. Katy Play Station was featured in Today’s Playground Magazine and has received several awards for its design and contribution to the Katy community. The Play Station Pavilion is equipped with permanent picnic tables and benches. Seats approximately 50 and is available on a daily basis for rental.
The Katy Arboretum was developed as a joint venture with the City of Katy, CenterPoint Energy and Keep Katy Beautiful. The three-acre park was designed as an educational green space to promote CenterPoint Energy's Right Tree Right Place initiative. The Arboretum features various species of trees with educational plaques and is a popular location for families, scout groups and tourists. Inside the park area is The Arboretum Building that can be rented for parties, baby and bridal showers and other events. The park features a play structure, outdoor BBQ grill, patio with picnic style seating and a tranquil walking path. The Arboretum Building is equipped with tables and chairs, can accommodate approximately 50 people and is available on a daily basis for rental.
A small, historic facility located at the edge of Historic Downtown Katy, Thomas Park is the location of the tri-county marker where the borders of Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties intersect. Thomas Park attracts visitors to its tranquil environment, paved walking path, benches, playground and gazebo. Thomas Park is a popular location for photographers, small weddings and family gatherings.
Centrally located within the City of Katy, this wooded park offers an exciting children’s playground, with a large pyramid rope climber, two picnic pavilions with tables, a walking path and public restrooms. This park is the location for the bi-annual Community Campouts and Katy Summer Nights. VFW Park's large outdoor pavilion (30′ x 60′) is equipped with permanent concrete tables and benches. Seats approximately 96 and is available on a daily basis for rentals.
WOODSLAND PARK & COMMUNITY CENTER
True to its name, Woodsland Park is a heavily wooded 8 acre park with amenities that cater to individuals and groups looking for a park with a more secluded atmosphere. The park features a covered basketball pavilion, picnic tables, playground, an outdoor pavilion with large barbecue pit and a community building. Woodsland Park is home to the city’s senior services day activities and community fitness classes. This Community Center may be rented out on an hourly basis for weddings, parties or other related events. The Community Center is 1,333 square feet (31′ x 43′) and is equipped with a full kitchen, indoor restrooms, tables and chairs. Maximum occupancy is 100.