Hours, Parking and Getting Here
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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:
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
Lost and Found
To inquire about lost or found items in the park, call 713-400-7336.
Parking at Discovery Green
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.
- Please contact the Parking Management District Office for more information about handicap parking or visit houstontx.gov/parking. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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
Entrance on Austin
Alternative Transportation to Discovery Green
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
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.
Explore 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.