Nacogdoches is blessed to have many wonderful parks. It's highly recommended to visit them all during your stay here. The Liberty Hall near downtown is also the start of a great trail system throughout the city, also recommended.
The best park for little kids is Maroney Park, near the high school.
Best park to visit during daytime only, not at night, is Pioneer Park, near Unity Church, on South Street. Fabulous park, huge, many acres of land, really nice.
Best park for flying kites is Festival Park, near downtown, big open field.
Banita Creek Park North
A new "dog park" has recently opened at the far end of Banita Creek Park North. Be sure to keep your dog in the correct area, because there are separate areas for larger or smaller dogs. As a reminder, aggressive dogs are not allowed at the park.
Banita Creek Park South
The basketball court at Banita Creek Park South is a popular place for visit and hang out with friends, especially in the evenings as it is light out later at night now.
Lake Nacogdoches is a great place to canoe and fish and swim. There are also a lot of trails and a nice playground. Restrooms have been nicely clean every time I have visited.
Eugenia Stern park
This is "the gazebo" that is near downtown. It's a popular place to meet friends or have weddings or other special events. If you visit in the evening, you can see the bats come out. They live under the roof. It's fun to watch them coming out.
This is the view from on the stage at Festival Park. The next festival coming up soon is the Blueberry Festival, lots of fun to be had. Be sure and go early in the day, as early as you can, because it gets really hot later.
This is across the street from Festival Plaza and is a good park for younger and smaller children. However, it is not fenced and it is near a creek, so be sure to keep a close eye on your children.
Even though the city has cut down most of the trees that were around this beautiful park in order to make room for yet another shopping mall, it's still a pretty little lake, very peaceful. Highly recommended.