A public-private partnership with the City of Houston and a non-profit organization, Discovery Green hosts hundreds of art, music, and educational events each year. Most are free to the public.
It’s one of downtown Houston’s best places to stroll and unwind. Stroll past sculptures including American pop artist Jim Dine’s 1983 bronze relief in Maconda Grove or play lawn games like bocce ball, horseshoes, or croquet.
Stroll and socialize in downtown Houston’s most popular park. The 12-acre Discovery Green, situated across from the George R. Brown Convention Center, features remarkable activities to indulge in – public art, workout classes, and more. Kids of all ages splash in the Gateway Fountain, and the shady parks provide an inviting backdrop to spread out with a book or picnic lunch.
Residents helped shape the park. During the design process, Project for Public Spaces and the nonprofit Discovery Green Conservancy engaged with locals in big and small settings to gather input on what they wanted the park to be.
The community’s suggestions were incorporated into the park’s design, such as a cooling water feature, screening space for outdoor movies and live music, and special dog fountains and runs. The resulting village green attracts workers, students, families with children and teens, dudes meeting friends for drinks, and a whole lot of visitors looking for fun things to do in downtown Houston.
Discovery Green is more than a park; it’s an experience. From music to fitness classes, this 12-acre urban park offers remarkable activities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Located across from the George R. Brown Convention Center, the park has more than 600 free events and activities annually.
The park boasts shaded walks, a model boat pond, sports games, and a one-of-a-kind children’s playground with an interactive waterscape. Visitors can jog the new jogging trail, refresh with a cool mist from the Gateway Fountain, and enjoy lawn seating for concerts, performances, and family movies on Bank of America’s Screen on the Green.
Grab a bite to eat at The Grove restaurant or fast fun food from the Lake House before you head over to a Rockets or Astros game at Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, both nearby. Discovery Green is accessible by METRORail, and street parking is available nearby. For more information on how to visit, please click HERE.
A 12-acre village green in downtown Houston with two restaurants, water fun for kids, a 1-acre lake, a dog park, and more. The Discovery Green Conservancy operates the park and focuses on public art and educational programming as part of the conservancy’s mission.
The Conservancy is proud to have two significant art installations: Jim Dine’s The House (Heart), donated by Maconda Brown O’Connor, and Jean Dubuffet’s Monument Au Fantome, installed in 2007. Both works were chosen for their ability to engage the public through color and form.
Other prominent artworks include Margo Sawyer’s Synchronicity of Color and Doug Hollis’ Mist Tree and Listening Vessels. Also in the plaza is a set of sculptures by Michael Craig-Martin, who uses simple forms and colors to create complex patterns. This exhibition is the first opportunity for Houston to experience these sculptures outside of New York City and Chicago. The sculptures, titled The Shape of Things, feature everyday objects such as umbrellas, wheelbarrows, and light bulbs.
For kids and families, there’s always something new to do at Discovery Green. The 12-acre park and urban oasis offer paths for walking and jogging, a model boat pond, and sports games. There’s also outdoor art and a shaded children’s playground, plus restaurants, plenty of seating, and a calendar of events.
The public’s input was instrumental in the design and development of the park. Residents and visitors were able to offer suggestions and feedback, including through focus groups and large public meetings.
The park has helped revitalize downtown, attracting office workers and tourists with its green spaces and family-friendly activities. Its annual events showcase the culture, diversity, and spirit of Houston. In fact, the park’s event attendance has tripled over the past five years.
Discovery Green Park is conveniently located near the Children’s Museum Houston in Houston, Texas.
Both destinations share a commitment to providing engaging experiences for families, making them a natural bridge between each other. Families can easily enjoy a day of fun and learning by visiting both locations, creating unforgettable memories for children and parents alike.
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