Houston’s Water Wall is one of the area’s best free outdoor attractions and an iconic landmark every Houstonian should visit at least once. While most Houstonians refer to simply as the Water Wall, the wall is also referred to interchangeably as the Williams Water Wall or the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. Spanning nearly 3 acres, the park features a 64-foot semi-circular architectural fountain that recreates a natural waterfall. 11,000 gallons of water recirculate through the fountain’s inner and outer walls each minute, creating a cascading water feature that has become a centerpiece of Houston.
The Houston Water Wall was created in 1983 and was privately owned until the City of Houston bought the wall under the direction of Mayor Bill White. Today, the Water Wall is surrounded by a 2.77-acre park featuring 186 live oak trees, offering an oasis in the middle of the bustling city.
Today, the Water Wall is one of our city’s landmarks and one of Houston’s most popular public parks. Houstonians gather around the waterfall to walk, picnic, or just relax and take in the soothing sounds of thousands of gallons of water crashing to the ground. It’s also a great spot to snap some beautiful pictures.
While the park offers a great place to gather and enjoy the outdoors, know that climbing, playing, or bathing in the waterwall basin is prohibited; the wall is for looking, not touching. For a full list of park rules, visit the park’s website.
Houston Water Wall Hours & Location
The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s the perfect spot for free weekend fun in Houston or just to have a relaxing lunchtime picnic in the city!
The Water Wall is located near the Galleria Mall and next to the Williams (formerly Transco) Tower at 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX. Free street parking is available, but make sure to watch for signs indicating which areas might be restricted.
For more information on the Houston Water Wall, call 713-850-8841.