Half Day in Houston: Downtown Picnic, Playground, Spalshpad & Secret Listening Vessels!
Having fun with the family and exploring Houston can be easy! If you have a few hours, we have ideas on how to spend them with the kids.
In this Half Day in Houston series, find a place to park, play, explore and eat… all in one spot. Pick what you like or combine with another Half Day post!
In this adventure, grab supplies at Phoenicia, have a picnic at Discovery Green, play at the playground, splash in the splashpad and find the secret listening vessels!
For this urban Downtown adventure, take the METRORail or park on the street at Discovery Green. If you take the train, you can park anywhere along the line… the museum district can be congested but has several $5 lots along Binz. Jump off at Main Street Square and walk the 5 blocks east(ish) to Discovery Green. (See the map below.)
If you don’t have time or energy for the METRORail, just drive and park at Discovery Green. Street parking is metered (about $2/hour) and is free after 6:00pm and on Sundays. Paid lots are also available, including one under the park, with an entrance on the George R. Brown side (and it’s about $12).
Right across from the Discovery Green playground is the One Park Place Apartment Tower. If you walk around to the opposite side of the tower, you’ll find Phoenicia Specialty Foods and MKT BAR! You know we like the restaurant, MKT BAR… but we also love the grocery store. Grab a sandwich, pizza, salad, hummus, fresh pitas and much more… plus a drink and utensils… and head to Discovery Green!
Usually these half day posts take you to several spots… but Discovery Green has plenty of fun to keep you busy for a few hours!
Whenever you get hungry, stop to eat your Phoenicia picnic at a table or on the grass!
By the end of your trip, if you haven’t had enough to each on your picnic, you can grab a casual lunch at the Lakehouse Cafe, back at MKT BAR (at Phoenicia) or Pappasitos (in the Hilton across the street from the Listening Vessels)!