About the ICE at Discovery Green

About the ICE at Discovery Green

The Rink

The Ice at Discovery Green is Houston’s spectacular open-air ice skating rink. The model boat basin on Kinder Lake is transformed into ice each November, an amazing engineering wonder in balmy Houston!

The ICE Box
The ICE presented by Houston First offers 'The ICE Box', our separate, pint-sized rink for skaters “45 or shorter below the age of 4.

Quick facts about the rink:

  • At 7,716 square feet and ice at a frosty 22-degrees, with over 17-miles of cooling pipe under the ice!
  • Recycled water from Kinder Lake is used to help chill the ice.
  • Power used for the rink, including freezing of the surface, is 100% renewable energy.
  • The rink is operated by Ice Rink Events

The Art

The playful and nostalgic ambience of ice rink’s artistic flair inspires all who visit.  The rink’s art-glass railings and the mural kiosks-- are a part of the active buzz of the park.  The colors within the glass railings dance across the ice and throw light brilliantly in the daytime.

This true art installation was designed by Ice Rink Events partner Lena Gottschall, with her lifetime of world-travels as inspiration, and as an accomplished professional graphic designer, architect, photographer, and artist.

The Music

The music at the rink frames the artistic expression of this unique urban setting.  From Thanksgiving through December 24th, the music collection mixes recognizable Christmas songs with innovative, upbeat urban/world beats, which is meant to please all generations and all preferences.  After the holidays, modern collections of jazz, classical, swing, and international hits are featured-- music which not only has dance beats, but has positive, uplifting, meaningful lyrics.  Enjoy!

Snack-N-Skate Shop

What’s ice skating without hot cocoa? The rink features a range of hot beverages as well as healthy snacks including:

  •     Hot cocoa
  •     Cappuccino
  •     Coffee
  •     Soft drinks
  •     Gourmet cookies and marshmallow treats
  •     Roasted peanuts
  •     Caramel corncobs
  •     Belgian waffles

The Skates

Lace up or Velcro-in to a pair of modern, comfortable skates (rental included in ticket price) ranging in size from Jr-8 through Adult 14. Double-runner skates are also available for toddlers. A little chilly? Socks and mittens are also available for sale.

The Inspiration

The Ice is dedicated to Houstonians Jack Bennett and Evelyn Hoop Bennett.  Jack and Evelyn met in 1936 on the ice at Houston’s old Polar Wave Ice Palace, just blocks away from Discovery Green. The couple fell in love on the ice, married, and continued to skate their entire life, well into their 80’s.  Until just recently, the distinguished Mr. and Mrs. Bennett glided around the ice hand-in-hand, Jack in his coat and tie, Evelyn always graceful in a stylish dress and pom-pom-topped skates.  A true love story on the ice.  A truly inspiring couple for skaters of all ages.