Discovery Green

GHCVB Member
(713) 400-7336
1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
Downtown
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Discovery Green, a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston, is designed as an engaging and active place with programming to serve all ages and backgrounds, as well as workers, residents, and visitors alike.

Much to See and Do
Tree-shaded walks lead to a tranquil pond while grassy slopes offer postcard views of downtown. Try out the new jogging trail that surrounds the park, or splash around The Model Boat Pond. Special dog fountains and runs are appropriately sized for large and small canines.

Want to try bocce ball or challenge your best friend to a game of horseshoes? Maybe recapture your title as king of croquet? Discovery Green is your field of play. It starts with a rentable four-wheel golf cart embellished by the talents of two local Art Car artists. The art cart is stocked with just the right equipment for an hour or two of friendly competition. Children will be amazed at the towering Mist Tree and delight in the one-of-a-kind play area designed to reflect the path of migrating birds. And don’t forget to make time to laugh and splash the Gateway Fountain, an interactive waterscape. Art installations add to the landscape while touring musicians and performing arts groups take the stage for noontime and weekend performances at the park’s amphitheater.

Dining at the Park
Visitors have a variety of dining experiences to choose from within the park: the informal elegance of The Grove restaurant and the fast-casual fare of The Lake House, with both menus comprised of award-winning Chef Robert del Grande’s creations. The Grove’s all-glass exterior overlooks a gathering of live oaks, offering visitors a peaceful, upscale ambience in the heart of the nation’s fourth largest city. The Lake House reels in visitors with its self-serve lakeside concept and convenient counter service.

Major Park Features
Prominent features visitors can enjoy include a one-acre lake, children’s playground, interactive water features, amphitheater stage and slope, small and large dog runs, public art works, HPL (Houston Public Library) Express, open lawns, and great restaurants.

Andrea and Bill White Promenade
This walkway forms the heart of the park and offers a 360-degree view of Houston’s skyline.

Kinder Lake
Kinder Lake, encompassing more than an acre of the park, features water gardens and a model boat area, a shallow pool specifically designed to accommodate remote-controlled watercraft operated by park goers of all ages.

The Grove
Overlooking the park’s live oaks, Schiller Del Grande’s destination restaurant offers patrons exceptional food, service and views of the park.

The Lake House
The Lake House offers fast, casual, family-friendly food, with views of Kinder Lake and the Jones Lawn.

Anheuser-Busch Stage and Fondren Foundation Performance Space
This amphitheater hosts a variety of performances, including music, theater, film and dance, and is oriented toward a sloped lawn for audience seating. When the platform is not in use, it is open to all park goers, either as space to work, lounge, or dine near The Lake House café.

Jones Lawn
The Jones Lawn is the park’s largest green space, providing ample area for major events or pick-up sports.

Brown Foundation Promenade
The Brown Foundation Promenade is shaded by 100-year-old oak trees, the largest of which is the Nancy G. Kinder Oak near Avenida de las Americas, one of four large live oaks moved to the park.

John P. McGovern Children's Playground
The playground is carved into an existing, tree-shaded hill, which shields youngsters from the surrounding streets and integrates the theme of the major migratory bird flyway over Houston. Individual species are represented in the play sets, and accompanying signage educates visitors.

Gateway Fountain
The fountain offers a visual gateway to the park for visitors approaching from McKinney Street and is an extension of the playground area. Two systems of jets create a myriad of water activity atop a gently sloping granite surface, with 14-foot high arcing jets serving as gateway landmarks and smaller jets cycling on and off to invite park visitors for a closer look or some fun in the spray.

Public Art At Discovery Green
Discovery Green features new works by artists Margo Sawyer and Doug Hollis. Great care was taken to ensure the art installations would be visually prominent, yet at home, in the park’s environs. In addition, Jean Dubuffet’s Monument Au Fantome, an iconic sculpture by this world-renowned artist, has been relocated to the park.

The Alkek Building
Overlooking the Gateway Fountain and John P. McGovern Children’s Playground, this building is where the park’s staff, information center, and public restrooms are located.

Programming at Discovery Green
Discovery Green is more than a beautiful green space: it is an experience waiting to be enjoyed. The park comes to life with active programming during its Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter seasons. Regularly scheduled music, dance, film and theater, as well as exercise classes, children’s events and an urban market, comprise the backbone of park programming. Park spaces also may be reserved for private and public events.

Thinking Green
Both restaurants are in keeping with Discovery Green’s eco-friendly consciousness, incorporating composting, recycling, green housekeeping products and biodegradable packaging. Throughout construction, the park has committed to “green building practices," utilizing solar panels and sustainably-grown wood.

Driven by a passionate commitment to sustainable design and operation, the Conservancy is pursuing a “Gold Level” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. LEED credits are earned based on site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources used in construction, indoor environmental quality and innovation in the design process. This will continue to be a priority as the Discovery Green Conservancy operates the park.

Activities
*Dining at The Grove and The Lake House
*Picnic Areas
*Reading Rooms
*Theatrical Space
*Jogging Trail
*Dog Runs
*Playground
*Discovery Green Flea Market (Market)


Size 11.78 acres

Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau - Member

Parks
Venues
General
  • Acreage: 11.78
  • Restrooms
  • Dog Park
  • Spray Park
  • Observation Pier
  • Walking Trail
  • Gardens
  • Art/Mural
  • Amphitheater
  • Concessions
  • Pavilion/Gazebo
  • Playground
  • Scheduled Events
General
  • Parking Fee
  • Accessible via Light Rail
  • No. of Blocks From Light Rail: Five
  • ADA Accessible
  • Wireless
  • Free Wireless
  • LEED Certified
Meeting Facility
  • Audio/Visual
  • Facility Buy Out For Special Event
  • On-Site Catering
  • Preferred Caterers
  • Preferred Valet Vendor(s)
  • Private Room
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
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  • Recurring weekly on Saturday until November 12, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Nicholas Auger leads this weekly class for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body.
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    Bank of America Screen on the Green Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston's skyline. Arrive one hour early for contests and...
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday until November 20, 2016
    Discovery Green (41174)
    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Rent a model boat, enjoy SUP, or a relaxing, guided kayak ride. $5 for kayak, $5 for model boat rental, and $10 for SUP, no reservation...
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday until November 13, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Emphasize awareness and relaxation through yoga classes led by instructors from Nia Moves.
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    This Fall, Discovery Green is excited to introduce Sundays in the Park for a day of enjoyable and relaxing family fun. Every Sunday through...
  • Recurring weekly on Monday until November 7, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Military Veterans Peer Network.
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston-based Cirque La Vie.
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until November 8, 2016
    Discovery Green (41174)
    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Lindsay Law teaches this class to help strengthen your body, relax your mind and find your center.
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Fun for toddlers and parents! Story time, activities and more! Thanks to media partner Big Kid Small City. September 6 The Giving Tree...
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until November 9, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Oscar Sajche leads the exercise class that’s like a party!
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Turn “working out” into play, parkour will take you all over the park for an intensive workout!
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    Thursday Night Concerts presented by Green Mountain Energy® 7 pm Anheuser-Busch Stage Sep 15 Los Skarnales* Grupo Kache opens Funky Latin...
  • October 7, 2016 - October 8, 2016
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    The 2016 Fiddle Festival brings today’s most exciting and innovative string artists to Houston for a series of concerts, workshops and jams....
  • Recurring every 3 weeks on Saturday until October 8, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Saturdays, September 17, October 8 What will you discover?℠ Treasure hunt for all things vintage, handmade, recycled, repurposed and...
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Tuesday until October 11, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
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  • October 13, 2016 - October 13, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    The Discovery Green Thursday Concerts Series continues! October 13: Nikki Hill Annika Chambers opens R&B Divas Nikki Hill - Those who...
  • October 15, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Family friendly event to include activities catering to both adults and children.
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Featuring the best of craft brew and music, Untapped Festival Houston has just announced the entire music lineup across two stages, which...
  • October 23, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Come and see METdance dive into its 21st season under the stars.
  • October 28, 2016
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    Have a spooky good time at Houston’s ninth annual citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration! Prizes, Halloween spectacle, movie and...
  • October 29, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
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  • Recurring weekly on Saturday until November 12, 2016
    Discovery Green (41174)
    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    Bank of America Screen on the Green Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston's skyline. Arrive one hour early for contests and...
  • November 4, 2016
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    H-E-B Movie Night The Good Dinosaur (PG) 2015, 100 min. Friday, November 4, 7:30 pm A dinosaur’s journey to reunite with his family.
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
    A celebration of the visual artist with 75 fine art and contemporary craft artists showing and selling their original works. Discover that...
  • January 27, 2017 - February 5, 2017
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    1500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77010
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