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Discovery Green Park

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Discovery Green
Discovery Green is one of the best parks in Houston. It is also the city's only eco-park. It is fun, family-oriented and, best of all, free. Throughout the year they feature numerous free activities, including exercise classes, concerts, holiday-themed celebrations and more. In the winter time, Discovery Green's one-acre lake is transformed into an ice skating rink. Continue reading this FAQ page to help plan your trip to Discovery Green.

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When Was Discovery Green Opened?

Discovery Green officially opened on April 13, 2008.

How Big Is The Park?

In total, Discovery Green is nearly 12-acres-large.

Where Is It Located?

Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney St. in downtown Houston, within walking proximity to the Toyota Center, George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel.

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What Are The Hours Of Operation?

Discovery Green is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Times may vary for special events. Check their website to confirm hours of operation on holidays.

Are There Restrooms At Discovery Green?

Yes, restrooms are located in the Alkek Building near the center of the park.

Am I Allowed To Bring My Own Food?

Though they do sell food at Discovery Green (everything from burgers and hot dogs to upscale dining), you are allowed to bring your own food. You may also bring your own ice chests and lawn chairs. Glass bottles or containers are not allowed. Neither are alcoholic beverages.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes. The park is equipped with two dog runs - the Kinder Large Dog Run for dogs taller than 15 inches and the Joe Foster Small Dog Run for those shorter than 15 inches. Owners must pick up after their dogs and there is a 45 minute limit for time in the dog runs.

Where Can I Park?

There are three methods of parking at Discovery Green: metered parking, surface lots and parking garages.

Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. During the week, you will be required to pay for parking up until 6 p.m. On the weekends it is free.

There are several surface lots near the park as well. You will be required to pay to park at these at all times, sometimes upwards of $10.

Garage parking is available as well. There are several garages nearby within reasonable walking distance. Per the Discovery Green site:

Convention District Garage
Main: 800-427-4697; 713-853-8970
Address: 1002 Avenida de las Americas, 77010
The Garage is located under Discovery Green. For Daily and event pricing, please call ahead.

Hilton Americas-Houston
Main: 713-739-8000
Address: 1600 Lamar, 77010
Garage entrance at south end of Avenida at Polk

Houston Center
Main: 713-759-9460
Address: 1331 Lamar, 77010
Garage entrance on Austin

What Types Of Amenities Will I Find At The Park?

Discovery Green features numerous recreational activities, including a one acre lake, dog runs, playgrounds, interactive water features, restaurants, wi-fi capability (at the HPL Express, operated by the Houston Public Library), artwork, an ampitheater and more. See their website for a full listing.

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