Hours, Parking and Getting Here
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Discovery Green is open daily (including holidays) from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hours for events vary. Areas of the park may be closed occasionally for maintenance or private events. The Gateway Fountain is open daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (weather permitting). The Park Office is open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. See park map.
General Park Information
Discovery Green is a 12-acre public park located in downtown Houston across Avenida de las Americas from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel. Toyota Center, Houston Center, Minute Maid Park and Houston Pavilions are only blocks away. Although Discovery Green is a public space, it is privately managed by the Discovery Green Conservancy. Learn about Discovery Green's mission and history.
Discovery Green is located at:
Houston, Texas 77010
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Admission to Discovery Green is FREE, and the vast majority of the events in the park are also free. Activities that require a fee are clearly listed on this website. You are welcome to bring picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and even your dogs to the park. Please note that outside alcohol, glass containers, tables and pop up tents are prohibited. Food, beer & wine are available for purchase at The Lake House Cafe.
Information Center at the Alkek Building
Visit the park information center at the Alkek Building, located near the Gateway Fountain on the Andrea and Bill White Promenade. Staff is available to answer questions about the park, programming or rentals seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Public restrooms are located in the Alkek Building under the Stedman West Veranda. Additional restrooms are located in the Convention District Garage, located directly under Discovery Green.
For the safety and enjoyment of all, Discovery Green manages park activity very carefully. Please see Park Rules pertaining to restroom facilities.
Lost and Found
To inquire about lost or found items in the park, call 713-400-7336.
Parking at Discovery GreenSeveral parking options – including metered street parking, parking garages and surface lots – are conveniently available to park visitors.
PLEASE NOTE: Always read the posted signs, which supersede any instruction from park staff. Houston Police can and will issue tickets for illegal parking. See Visitor Parking Map. For more parking information, click here.
Metered Parking. Streets on the park’s perimeter and nearby streets offer metered parking. Parking meter stations on each block accept Visa/Mastercard and cash. Metered parking is in effect Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rates vary. Be sure to pay at the correct meter station. DO NOT park in valet zones, or commercial zones (red meters). Parking lanes may be closed for construction, mobility or other reasons, so PLEASE READ the posted signs when you park!
- Vehicles with valid credentials may park free for the time limit posted at the meter zone(i.e. park free for two- (or four-) hour at a meter with a two- (or four-) hour limit).
- If needed, vehicles with a valid disabled plate or placard will have unique permission to pay for a second cycle of maximum meter time.
- After expiration of the second cycle, the vehicle is subject to an overtime parking citation if parked in the same zone. Vehicle must move from the zone (blockface). (A block is considered a zone.)
- In accordance with Texas Transportation Code 681.006, the City of Houston will enforce overtime parking for vehicles parked in a metered zone and displaying an accessible parking placard or plate.
- Do not park at meters in commercial loading/unloading zones unless they possess and have visibly displayed in the vehicle, a commercial loading/unloading parking permit).
- Please contact the Parking Management District Office for more information about handicap parking. Email: email@example.com
Surface lots. Lots are available around the perimeter of the park and on nearby streets. Rates vary and many accept Visa/Mastercard and cash.
Garage parking. Several parking garages offer convenient access to Discovery Green.
Convention District Garage
1002 Avenida de las Americas, 77010
Located directly under Discovery Green; $12 event pricing is in effect most days.
Phone: 800-427-4697; 713-853-8970
1600 Lamar, 77010
Entrance at south end of Avenida at Polk
1331 Lamar, 77010
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