Gateway Fountain

Gateway Fountain
Closed for 15 months due to Covid-19 precautions, the Gateway Fountain will resume for summer beginning May 28 with increased sanitation made possible by a CARES Act grant

This fanciful fountain is one of the most popular features in Discovery Green, and indeed, the entire city. During Houston’s hot summer months, hundreds of children play daily in this perennial favorite “cool spot.” Lively jets create a joyful water park atop a gently sloping granite surface, with 14-foot high arcing jets.

Fountain hours:  Open on Mondays from noon - 7 p.m. and Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Please note that the fountain is turned off if there is thunder or lightning.

Please note that swim diapers are required for infants and toddlers (available for purchase in the Park Office/Alkek Building). Water shoes are strongly encouraged.

Please take note of these Park Rules when visiting the fountain:
  • No running
  • No dogs
  • No balls or other toys
  • No towels on trees
  • No food, drinks or smoking
  • Adults must be accompanied by a child age fourteen or under
  • Access for adults may be restricted for safety
  • Do not sit on or near fountain jets
  • Exit fountain if directed by Park Personnel
  • No fighting or reckless behavior


While the fountain was empty, Discovery Green Conservancy replaced the Ultraviolet sanitizer equipment and the chemical control system. The improved equipment was made possible by a $146,000 CARES Act grant. Some of that money was also used to add Ultraviolet filtration in eight rooftop air conditioning systems.

According to the CDC there are no scientific reports of the virus that causes Covid-19 spreading through water in pools, hot tubs or water playgrounds such as Gateway Fountain. In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask while at the park. Unvaccinated guests are required to wear a mask if entering any park building and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while in a crowded setting.

Discovery Green Park Rules

Discovery Green Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.