Discovery Green

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Discovery Green which includes a city, central business district and a high rise building

There’s much to do at this bustling downtown park, but it’s also a great place to come and do nothing at all.

Discovery Green is a 12-acre (five-hectare) park in the heart of Houston. There’s a lake, art spaces, playgrounds and picnic lawns. Locals and tourists alike come here to see live music and other performances, outdoor films and ice skating. You’ll even find the Houston Public Library here.

The Andrea and Bill White Promenade (named after the city’s former mayor and his wife) runs through the center of the park. It offers views of the city’s skyline and is lined with flea markets and arts and craft fairs on weekends. Go for a stroll, jog or bike ride beneath the park’s 100-year-old oak trees along the Brown Foundation Promenade and McNair Jogging Trail.

Work your way to Kinder Lake, on the northern end of Discovery Green, and rent a remote-controlled sailboat. November through January the lake is also the site of an ice-skating rink. It’s open until late (weather permitting) every day of the season, including Christmas Day. Buy tickets in advance online, or line up at the rink.

In summer, cool off under one of several large water fountains. Typically, you’ll find hundreds of children playing under the high arcing jets of the Gateway Fountain. There’s also an interesting bird-themed playground for children under 12. For some easygoing entertainment, spread out a picnic blanket on one of the three large lawns with plenty of shady trees and watch the world go by.

A natural grass amphitheater provides seating for 2,000 people. Hundreds of events are hosted here each year. Check the Discovery Green website for details on films, concerts, dance and theater.

Head to the park early and try out one of the popular daily fitness classes, including cycling, yoga, Zumba and hoop dancing. There are also sports activities for seniors. These classes are generally free and don’t require booking in advance; just turn up with a towel and a water bottle.

Discovery Green is open every day, and is easily accessible by public transportation.

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Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,538 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
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Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥24,909 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
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Hilton Americas - Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
4 out of 5
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥17,252 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
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Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,538 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥24,909 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Marriott Marquis Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
4 out of 5
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥17,252 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Hilton Americas - Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥16,912 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Hyatt Regency Houston
The Whitehall Houston
The Whitehall Houston
4 out of 5
1700 Smith St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥14,405 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
3 out of 5
1314 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX
The price is ¥11,492 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
916 Dallas St, Houston, TX
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Magnolia Hotel Houston, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Magnolia Hotel Houston, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4 out of 5
1100 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX
The price is ¥14,219 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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The Westin Houston Downtown
The Westin Houston Downtown
4 out of 5
1520 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX
The price is ¥16,947 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
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