At the center of uptown Houston towers a grand waterfall, drawing the attention of endless crowds and making it one of the most photographed spots in the city.

At 64 feet tall, the wall rains down 11,000 gallons of water per minute. At a U-shape, the waterfall flows on both sides of the wall. 

And if you're lucky, you can catch a rainbow.

 

As you can imagine, the tons of water make it pretty loud when you're inside the curved wall—but it really helps drown out city noise. So you can pretend you're in the Amazon or next to Niagara Falls for a little while. 

The Water Wall lies in Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, and offers no shortage of photo opts. If the waterfall isn't enough to satisfy you, if you go past an arch, a whole park awaits you with a view uptown Houston skyscrapers towering above you. The park ranges 2.77 acres of beautiful land.

You can picnic on the greenery with your dog or your date with the 35 year-old water wall behind you, misting you with cool water in the hot summer. Unless it's a particularly windy day, then you might get more of an aggressive spray.

Spreading oak trees line the park, creating arched-over pathways that spill in mosiacs of light. It makes for the perfect prom photos, engagment photos, or just-because photos!

And if you're having trouble with parking (because, Houston), the Williams Tower garage offers free parking after 6 pm.

The water wall runs daily between 8 am and 9 pm. And I know what you're thinking, but listen: climbing on the water wall is seriously prohibited. 

The park is just a short distance from the Galleria, making this the best date Houston-themed idea seriously ever. 

But probably my favorite aspect this park has brought to this city is the Instagram account of a guy that records weird things people do for photos here from his office.

So if you're going to take photos here, beware this guy.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

Price: Free

Address: Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, 2800 S. Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056

Why you should go: It's the perfect spot for a walk in the park.

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