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Best free things to do in Houston?

I'm going to be in Houston next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

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top answer by
Austin from Houston

Check out they host tons of free or cheap events.  You might have to pay for parking depending on where you can find it but once you park you can explore the rest of downtown for the day without relocating your car.  Also for museums check out Museum District. If you have time, head south down to Galveston and spend a day on the beach.  The Strand Historic Districtis a neat place to check out and window shop in the historic portion of the city and definitely don't skip La King's Confectionery or Colonel Bubbie's Strand Surplus Center.  Enjoy your trip!!  

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  1. Museum District (neighborhood)
  2. Galveston (city)
  3. The Strand Historic District (attraction)
  4. La King's Confectionery (attraction)
  5. Colonel Bubbie's Strand Surplus Center (attraction)
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answered by
Robert from Nashville

Houston Tourism - 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to Houston. I might be a little bias here from being fortunate enough to see some cool places and live in different areas. 

1. Houston functions as a business city first and foremost. It's not NYC, Key West, or a ski resort in Colorado. In my opinion there isn't a big draw to Houston purely for tourism if that makes sense? I didn't mean this to discourage just to set expectations.

Here is a list of ideas that are all really fun and different - 

1. If the Astro's are in town head Downtown for a game. It's really inexpensive to get tickets and their stadium is in the center of downtown so you can walk to all sorts of restaurants, bars, and so forth and make a night  or day of it. 

2. Topgolf Houston - Katy- This one may throw you off a little bit. It's really more of an experience that for people that are actually serious or good at golf. Instead of getting into a lot of detail here is a link - - It's part driving range, part restaurant, part bar, part light show (go at night), all with different fun games you can play with people. None of which require to much actual gold skill. 

3. Houston Museum of Natural Science - Largest collection of dinosaur fossils in a single location in the world. Seeing the T-Rex alone is worth it. A bonus is there are other museums all right around there. 

4. Discovery Green - It's located in central downtown. Kinda like central park in NYC. Here is a link to events in the park - . They do things like yoga, concerts, etc. during the week. 

5. Space Center Houston- It's a drive from central Houston. 20-45 minutes depending on where you are at. Pretty cool stuff if you're into that stuff. I would keep timing into consideration because Houston has some of the worst traffic in the US. 

6. Saint Arnold Brewing Company - Most popular local beer. Really cool tool and beer hall. With the tour you get sample tickets to try their different beers and seasonal ale's.

7. Pete's Dueling Piano Bar - If you have ever been to New Orleans you know the premise behind this spot. That being said, it's the Texas version.

Bonus Answer - Around Mid-town, Montrose, and Washington Ave./ Memorial Park there are bike stations where you can pay a few bucks and rent a bike and ride around the area and hit different spots. The best part is that all there of these areas are pretty much connected Mid-town feeds into Montrose into Washington. You are able to turn the bike in at any of the open bike stands too if you get tired of biking around.

The group version - . I  am honestly not sure how this is even legal but it's essentially a big bike that everyone pedals that has an employee drive and normally a keg on board. It's a pub crawl to some of the more popular day spots in the central Houston area. Exercise and drinking to me don't mix well together but I seem to be in the minority there.

- Robert 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Downtown (neighborhood)
  2. Topgolf Houston - Katy (restaurant)
  3. Houston Museum of Natural Science (attraction)
  4. Discovery Green (attraction)
  5. Space Center Houston (attraction)
  6. Saint Arnold Brewing Company (attraction)
  7. Pete's Dueling Piano Bar (restaurant)
  8. Montrose (neighborhood)
  9. Washington Ave./ Memorial Park (neighborhood)
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answered by
Scotty from Houston

Hey Valerie! Definitely head over to the Museum District and walk around to several of the big museums.   There is also a VERY cool butterfly conservatory all in the museum district at Hermann Park.  Here is the address to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston which will get you to the area of the others:1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005

Also, if you want to walk around and window shop, definitely pop over to the famous Houston Galleria.  Lots of cool shopping.  Buy yourself something on sale!  :-)

If you have any other specific questions let me know!

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  1. Museum District (neighborhood)
  2. Hermann Park (attraction)
  3. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (attraction)
  4. Houston Galleria (attraction)
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answered by
nusheen from Houston

Try to catch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.

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  2. Hermann Park (attraction)
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answered by
nusheen from Houston

Try to catch a show Miller Outdoor Theatre (free!), Hermann Park is beautiful. There's also a ton of museums in that area that you can check out Museum District

Go up the JPMorgan Chase Tower to get a view of Houston (free!). 

Kayaking on the Buffalo Bayou Park

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  1. Miller Outdoor Theatre (attraction)
  2. Hermann Park (attraction)
  3. Museum District (neighborhood)
  4. JPMorgan Chase Tower (attraction)
  5. Buffalo Bayou Park (attraction)
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answered first by
Maria from Houston

Hermann Park

Located in the Museum District and Texas Medical Center

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answered by
Berrak from Montrose

check out Houston on the cheap website: 

probably you can find something interesting in their calender. Also check the calenders of Miller Outdoor Theatre, Discovery Green and Market Square Park.

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  1. Miller Outdoor Theatre (attraction)
  2. Discovery Green (attraction)
  3. Market Square Park (attraction)

answered by
Frank S. from Bellevue

Hermann Park is a nice place to visit that is totally free. 

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