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Listening Vessels in Discovery Green

James in Listening Vessel at Discovery Green

Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas, 77010
Appropriate for Any Age

The Listening Vessels in Downtown’s Discovery Green may be one of the coolest things in Houston.  These 2 limestone sculptures have concave interiors that focus sound waves.  You can sit in 1 vessel and be heard in the 2nd vessel that is 70 feet away.

These Listening Vessels are tucked away in the Wortham Foundation Gardens in Discovery Green.  If you are at the playground or the stage, you may not even know they are there.  If you walk over towards the Hilton, you will find these waiting to amaze you.

Listening Vessels and George R Brown
The BigKidSmallCity crew set out to find these on a Saturday afternoon.  We took METRORail to the Main Street Square Station and walked the 5 blocks east(ish) to Discovery Green.  The park was so crowded that we completely bypassed the playground and lawn.  To our surprise, when we got to the secluded garden on the south side of the park, we had it all to ourselves.  Not too many people venture here, but they should.

The kids sat on the little seats in the vessels and amused themselves for quite a long time.  You can really speak in a normal voice on 1 side and be heard clearly 70 feet away.  This unexpected part of Discovery Green made our day.

 Before heading home we walked past the METRORail tracks to visit another unexpected attraction in Downtown Houston, the Big Bubble in Buffalo Bayou.

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  1. Tiffany
    February 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm — Reply


  2. Clay
    February 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm — Reply

    That’s very cool. A few years ago we were in a restaurant booth in Rice Village that had the same effect. It sounded like someone was talking right in my ear, and it took me forever to figure out that it was coming from a table on the other side of the restaurant! No one would believe me until I made them sit in my spot for a while.

    • February 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm — Reply

      I should find that restaurant and add it to our “favorites” list. 🙂

      • Clay
        February 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm — Reply

        That was at Two Rows, which is closed now. I’m not sure what’s there now (upstairs, across from Kubo’s), but maybe that corner booth still has the eavesdropping effect.

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