Discovery Green, Houston

Americans and travelers from around the world are heading to Houston this year to attend a World Series Champion Astros game, and even before the season begins, the entire Bayou City is welcoming their team home!  Just down the street from Minute Maid Stadium sits one of the treasures of Houston, Discovery Green Park, a sure stop for fans looking for a place to explore before or after the game!

We visited during our Spring Break Stay in Houston, and had a wonderful morning in the park!

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Discovery Green is also pulling out all the stops this summer, as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary!  This fun park is located right in the middle of Downtown Houston, with tons of daily activities for the entire family!  Click HERE to visit their website’s calendar for upcoming events!

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Each weekend during the Spring, Summer and Fall, Kinder Lake Kayak and Paddleboard Rides are offered by Bayou City Adventures.  They provide the life jackets, too!

RC Sailboats rentals to sail around the lake are available for $5 for 15 minutes.

Click HERE to read more.

Parking

The biggest challenge at Discovery Green can be the parking!  If you’re planning on spending the day Downtown, check out the Hopper Pass, which is good at various locations throughout the day!

Dogs

Leashed pets are welcome at Discovery Green, just be sure to clean up after them!  There is even a fun dog park!

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The roller skating rink was fun!  Set out over the water, the kids had a blast skating, while my husband and I enjoyed grabbing a snack and drink from the Lake House Restaurant.  The skating rink is a temporary attraction, and it’s last day is April 1st.

The Lake House is one of two restaurants at Discovery Green.  The Grove is a more upscale dining experience, with a wonderful brunch each Sunday.  Click  HERE for more information.

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The park also offers a unique playscape.

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A view at the other end of the slides!

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The Misting Tree is a neat way to keep cool on a warm day, as a light mist gently falls from the top of the tree!

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The Gateway Fountain is fun and free way to really get wet and cool off!  Bring the kids in their swimsuits to play!

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Whisper Galleries

Be careful what secrets you tell while sitting in the park.  This pair of matching domes that sit on their sides are a fun way to learn about sound waves, as you can speak across the park and hear what someone else is saying.

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Monument Au Fantome by Jean Dubuffet is one of Houston’s best known art sculptures!

We didn’t do a Segway Tour while we were there this time, but they are fun!! Click HERE to visit the Nation Segway Tours website.

Downtown Hotels

The Hilton Americas Hotel has an indoor skywalk to the Convention Center, and the slightly pricier Embassy Suites are both located right at Discovery Green!  Both Hilton brands, the Embassy Suites is also dog friendly.  Hilton is usually my go-to hotel, and I love Hilton points.

Houston Tunnels

Beneath Downtown Houston lies a series of tunnels filled with shops and restaurants!  We love taking the tunnels to eat or just explore!  Click HERE to read more!

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The George R. Brown Convention Center

The Convention Center opened in 1987, but has had several improvements and additions over the years, especially with big celebrations like the Super Bowl in 2017!  Click HERE to read more about events at the GBCC.

Avenida de las Americas is the street that runs in front of the Convention Center and separates it from Discovery Green.  Avenida de las Americans runs from Minute Maid Stadium (home of the Houston Astros) to Toyota Stadium (home of the Houston Rockets).  This area is known as Avenida Houston, and has events, restaurants and much more.   Click HERE to read more.

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Playing around in the fountains outside the Convention Center.

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During Spring Break, many of the Art Cars from the Art Car Museum were on display!  While there are other Art Car Parades, Houston is the leader in Art Cars and the annual Art Car Parade each April is the largest in the country!

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We had such a fun time seeing them!  Each car is very unique!

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The Art Car Museum is open 5 days a week, from 11am – 6pm and is FREE!! Click HERE to visit their website.

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The Houston Police were also in the park, letting the kids pose for pictures on their motorcycles!

As our stomach’s started to grumble, we headed across the street over to one of my favorite stores in Houston, Phoenicia Specialty Foods! They offer kid’s cooking classes and more! Click HERE to visit their website.

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Still March, so Minute Maid Park is quiet for another couple of weeks until the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros season opener!  We took the walk down the Avenida de las Americas to the stadium for a tour!  Tours are offered 6 days a week, and closed on Sunday.  Click HERE for more information!

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Big kids are just little kids with longer legs….

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The Stadium Fan Shop was open, which meant we stocked up on Astros gear, too!

Things To Do in Houston

Play

The Beer Can House is a unique and whimsical roadside attraction!  Click HERE to read more.

The Houston Zoo is a fun zoo, with animals such as the foosa and red panda that you can’t see anywhere else!  Click HERE to read more.

Bayou City Adventures offers kayak rentals for trips through Downtown Houston on Buffalo Bayou!  Click HERE for more information.

Eat

Eat more pie!  The Flying Saucer Pie Company makes nothing but pie!  Click HERE to read more!

Stay

The 1926 Historic Houston Magnolia Hotel is one of our favorites in Downtown!  Click HERE to read more!


Discovery Green 

1500 McKinney St., Houston

Click HERE to visit their website.


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Michelle

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