Landmark Williams Water Wall in Galleria Area of Houston

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Williams Water Wall in Houston, Texas

Williams Water Wall in Houston, Texas

Houston Landmark

The Williams Water Wall is in the Houston Galleria and Uptown Park part of our city. It is situated opposite the tall and impressive 64 story office building called the Williams Tower.

Many of us long time Houstonians still call it the Transco Tower. It had that name for a long time as Transco Energy Co. became its first major tenant. Habits are hard to change! It is because of a merger that it now bears the name of Williams Tower.

The Williams Tower is visible from many parts of our city because of its height. Most buildings that size are in downtown areas. It still ranks as the 4th tallest building in Texas. It is also ranked as the tallest building in the entire United States that is not in a central business district.

Tourist Attraction

One of the many places around Houston considered to be a tourist attraction is the huge mall called the Galleria. Many people from other countries as well as tourists from our own country come to shop here.

The Williams Tower completed in 1982 towers over the Galleria on its southeastern edge. The Williams Water Wall had the original name of Transco Fountain but was also renamed after the merger.

People from Galleria I can easily walk over to this impressive fountain from that location. Parking is free at the Galleria and parking around the water wall is extremely limited. So I would highly recommend taking advantage of that opportunity to park one's vehicle if wishing to spend some time at this landmark spot.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

The Williams Water Wall was initially privately owned, but as of 2008, it was purchased by the city of Houston. The 2.77 acres including the water wall fountain is now called the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park.

Gerald D. Hines has been a very successful developer in Houston. In addition to the Galleria in both Houston and Dallas as well as the Williams Tower, he has been responsible for many of the high profile commercial office buildings in Houston.

It is nice that this landmark attraction will now be preserved by the city for everyone's enjoyment long into the future.


Landmark Attraction

This semi-circular water wall is concave on the inside and convex as one walks around the exterior of the fountain. It is 64 feet high matching the feet to the number of stories of the Williams Tower.

Admittedly the sound of all of that crashing water is beautiful to hear. The cool mist generated from the constantly circulating water can be refreshing on a hot summer day.

We do not have mountains or naturally occurring waterfalls in Houston, so this Williams Water Wall is the next best thing! If spending any time surrounded by the supercharged air with negative ions one might even feel better physically and mentally. There is some credence to that idea from sources like WebMD and others.

The area between the Williams Tower and the Williams Water Wall is a green grassy area where people can spread blankets and enjoy a picnic lunch if desired or toss balls back and forth.

Photographers flock to this site for many reasons. Graduation photos, as well as events such as engagement photos and even wedding photos, are often taken there. Permits are required for commercial photography, but casual snapshots are allowed. Many people take advantage of that!

Partial view of the Williams Water Wall and the Williams Tower

Partial view of the Williams Water Wall and the Williams Tower

Houston City Park

In addition to the verdant lawn and mesmerizing waterfall, numerous live oak trees add to the ambiance of this lovely city park. In fact, according to what I read, 186 of them have been planted here. The shade is most welcome when Houston temperatures climb upwards.

Several movies have been filmed using this landmark attraction as a backdrop. The Williams Water Wall is an engineering masterpiece where 78,500 gallons of water is continually recirculated. Supposedly 11,000 gallons of water come crashing down every minute!

If you have not taken the time to check out this amazing site for yourself, consider doing so if you are in Houston. Take some pictures of your own and relive the experience of being there in person.

The location of the Williams Water Wall and Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

The Williams Water Wall is a site in Houston worth visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed the videos as well as photos of it.

Rajan Singh Jolly on September 17, 2020:

What a mesmerising waterfall! Both the videos are fantastic. Truly impressive Willams tower and magnificent Willams waterfall. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2020:

Hi Sarah,

The Williams Water Wall is a favorite spot for many tourists, photographers, and the like. The cooling mists coming off of the water does refresh one in the heat, so you are right about that!

Sarah on August 07, 2020:

Looks like a peaceful and refreshing spot to spend time on a hot Houston afternoon.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

This is an attraction both day and night. It draws not only Houstonians who like to take their photographs there, but also tourists.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 10, 2020:

I bet it’s really beautiful to see in person all lit up at night.the trees and green space are lovely.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Many people seem to like this Houston attraction. I hope you and Bev are doing well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

I am glad that the public is now free to visit and use this land as a park instead of it being private as it used to be. It is quite a tourist attraction!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2020:

It's pretty amazing, isn't it? I would go see that for sure. Thanks for the brief tour, and Happy Sunday to you, Peggy!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2020:

The two buildings are beautiful with such unique architecture. I understand why people ome to see them, the view and to take pictures. Yours are wonderful again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It is truly a spectacular site to visit in person. Many photos are taken there.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2020:

What a lovely feature to have in Houston. As ever, your photos are excellent.

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