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. 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 non-profit park and flexible entertainment space located in the heart of downtown Houston across Avenida de las Americas from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel. Nearby destinations include the Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, GreenStreet and Houston Center.
Although Discovery Green is a public space, it is privately managed by the Discovery Green Conservancy. Through the generosity of the public, donors and sponsors, the park provides a green experience to discover and play for people of all ages and walks of life. Learn more about Discovery Green's mission and history.
Discovery Green is located at:
Houston, Texas 77010
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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. See Downtown Houston's interactive parking map.
PLEASE NOTE: Always read the posted signs, which supersede any instruction from park staff. Houston Police can and will issue tickets for illegal parking.
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.
Garage parking. Several parking garages offer convenient access to Discovery Green. Check Downtown Houston's interactive parking map for a complete list of options.
Alternative Transportation to Discovery Green
Houston’s METRORail offers a fast and convenient way to travel through Downtown Houston, the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and Moody Park. The Green and Purple Lines connect the Theater District on the west side of Downtown to the Convention District (Discovery Green) on the east side of Downtown and all the way to the East End and the University of Houston main campus. When visiting Discovery Green, connect to the Green or Purple Line and get off at the Convention District stop. Learn more about the rail at ridemetro.org.
Greenlink - Downtown's Free Bus Service
A free and convenient bus service in downtown. 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. The Green Route operates Monday through Friday, 6:30 am. to 6:30 pm, approximately 7-10 minutes apart during peak hours.
The Orange Route will be connecting the public to local destinations including Discovery Green. The Orange route will operate Thursday and Friday evenings 6:30pm until midnight, Saturdays from 9am to midnight and Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Check the 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. Call The Wave today at
Explore Houston with one of 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 online, or at any B-station. The B-Stations closest to Discovery Green are located on Lamar & Crawford (by The Grove) and 1169 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX. For more information and membership rates please visit houston.bcycle.com.
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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.
Discovery Green Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.