It is difficult to recall what Houston was like prior to Discovery Green. The park is a beautiful, lively oasis in the middle of downtown Houston. It was opened to the public on August 8, 2008. Discovery Green is a 12-acre park that includes a playground, lush green lawns, and a splash pad. It also has a restaurant and lots of family-friendly programming. There’s always something happening free of charge almost every day. Check out our top tips for you and your family to make the most of your next (or first!) visit.
It can be difficult and costly to park at Discovery Green. The park is connected to an underground garage that costs a fee. There are also street parking meters available. You can also take either the purple or green Metro Rail line to get directly there, by getting off at Convention District Station of Houston, TX area.
Take lunch to the Sarofim Picnic lawn and enjoy it.
Families often picnic in the park. The Sarofim Picnic Lawn, with its green lawn and close proximity to the mist tree and playground, is a great spot for a casual lunch. If you prefer to not eat directly on the grass, there are two shade picnic tables that line the lawn’s edge.
The John P. McGovern playground is open to you.
The playground offers a safe, controlled environment for kids to get some exercise. While your child is exploring and playing here, it’s easy for you to forget that you are downtown.
Take a change of clothes to the Gateway Fountain and let your hair down.
The fountain is the main attraction at Discovery Green. It’s a popular spot for children from the Houston area, and it gets crowded during summer. The fountain is timed so that children can guess when they will begin and what the water level will be. To protect little ones’ feet, it is recommended that you bring water shoes with good traction as the fountain has a granite surface.
Relax under the Mist tree.
You can let the kids play under the Mist tree on the lawn if you want to find a quieter place to cool down in the park. The intricate engineering and nozzles create mist from this stainless steel sculpture. Our daughter loves to see how close she gets to the mist tree, without being completely soaked.