Hours, Parking and Getting Here

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Important transportation update! Due to area construction, there is a new way to access the Convention District Garage underneath Discovery Green. As of Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 vehicles will enter the garage by turning right from the southbound lanes of Avenida de las Americas. Greenlink buses will continue to circulate around the park, just in a different direction. Click here for the new route, effective 12/7/14. For the latest information on street closures and parking downtown, please visit www.downtownhouston.org.


Discovery Green is open daily (including holidays) from 6 am to 11 pm. 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 am - 7 pm (weather permitting). The park office is open daily from 9 am - 6 pm. 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 GreenStreet 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: 
  1500 McKinney
  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 and 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 in the northwest corner of the park, 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 am to 6 pm.

Public restrooms are located on the south side of Alkek Building under the Stedman West Veranda near the playground. 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 Green

Several 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 am to 6 pm. 

Handicap Parking. A citizen with a valid handicap placard or veteran plate is allowed to park in a regular metered space without paying provided there are no other restrictions such as time restrictions by signage.
Surface lots. Lots are available around the perimeter of the park and on nearby streets. Rates vary and many accept Visa/MasterCard and cash.

Reserved Parking. You may also pre-reserve garage and surface lot parking through Parking Panda, Discovery Green’s official parking partner. Download the free mobile app or click here to reserve your parking spot and receive $5 off your first booking.

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

Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar, 77010
Entrance at south end of Avenida at Polk
Phone: 713-739-8000
Houston Center
1331 Lamar, 77010
Entrance on Austin
Phone: 713-759-9460

See Downtown Houston...

Houston Downtown District has a wealth of information about Downtown Houston, from business to fun. It also has links to 28 organizations, from government to entertainment, with information on where to go and how to get there. 

Greenlink - Downtown's Free Bus Service
Free and convenient transportation is returning to downtown with Greenlink, a new bus service. Through a partnership between the Downtown District, BG Group and Houston First Corporation, the downtown community can ride the environmentally friendly buses to get them to popular downtown locations quickly. Seven buses operate Monday through Friday, 6:30 am. to 6:30 pm, approximately 7-10 minutes apart during peak hours. Check Greenlink website for stops and route information.

The Wave- Houston's Jitney Shuttle Service
Want to see Houston like a local? Catch The Wave, Houston’s jitney shuttle service. If you’re wondering what a jitney is, it is a “fixed rate, fixed route, circulator with seating for more than 9 & less than 15 passengers." It's a hybrid between a taxi, a limo, and a public bus. A taxi because The Wave can do some door-to-door service and you can call to get a pick-up. A limo because their vehicles have upgraded stereo, televisions, lights, seating, and other luxuries. A public bus because anyone can get on board. Call The Wave today at 

Houston’s METRORail offers a fast and convenient way to travel through Downtown Houston, the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and Moody Park. When visiting Discovery Greey, get off at the Main Street Square stop. Learn more about the rail at ridemetro.org

Houston B-Cycle
Explore Houston with one its newest tourists features the B-Cycle. B-Cycle is a bike-sharing program that offers Houstonians and tourists an opportunity to ride through Houston. The program has B-stations all around Downtown Houston where you can check in and check out bikes. To check out a bike you may either sign up for access online, or at any B-station. The B-Station closest to Discovery Green is located at 1169 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX. For more information and membership rates for  B-Cycle please visit houston.bcycle.com

Zipcar, the innovative car sharing program, has now added an official Zipcar location in the the Convention District Garage underneath Discovery Green. For guests staying in the area looking for a different way to get around our large city, Zipcar can now be accessed from its new location. To learn more visit www.zipcar.com

Hours, Parking and Getting Here