Free Things to do in Houston with Kids!

Looking for some free fun in Houston? This list should help get you started!

Visit Discovery Green. Be sure to check the calendar for tons of free events.
Visit Downtown Parks
Ride METRORail (FREE for kids under 5)
Explore the Tunnels
Look Out the JP Morgan Chase Tower Observation Deck
Visit the Southern Pacific Steam Engine 982
Find the Big Bubble in Buffalo Bayou
Visit the Houston Police Museum

Museum District:
Visit Hermann Park
Watch a Show at Miller Theater
Visit the Houston Zoo – FREE first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing (except summer time)
Visit the Asia Society Texas Center
Visit the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Visit the Holocaust Museum Houston
Visit Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Visit the Rice University Art Gallery
Visit the Houston Museum of African American Culture
Visit the Lawndale Art Center
Visit the The Jung Center of Houston
Visit the Children’s Museum of Houston – FREE Thursday 5 – 8 pm
Visit The Health Museum – FREE Thursday 2 – 5 pm
Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science – FREE Thursday 3 – 6pm
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – FREE Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
Visit the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum – FREE Monday 10 am – 5 pm

Visit The Menil Collection & Campus
Stop by Rothko Chapel
Visit Houston Center for Photography
Go to the  Waugh Bridge Bat Colony at Dusk

All Over:
Check out all the Parks in Houston
Visit the 20 City Splashpads
Participate in Houston Library Events and Summer Reading Program
Visit a Houston Fire Station
Find a Farmer’s Market
Learn a Sport

Up North(ish):
Visit Old Town Spring
Visit the Tomball Railroad Depot
Visit the Water Works Museum
Feed Mounted Patrol Police Horses

Down South(ish):
Go on the Port of Houston Tour
Go to Galveston
Go to Crystal Beach
Take the Galveston Island Port Bolivar Ferry

In the Middle:
Visit the Art Car Museum
Stop by the Wabash Feed Store
Visit the Waterwall Park
Check out the Beer Can House (Free to look, $2 to tour)
Visit Canino’s Market
Visit the Houston Arboretum

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  1. This is a great and well thought out list of places to visit in Houston! Old Town Spring has been a classic go-to spot for several decades and still remains a great place that you can bring friends and family to. You can walk shop to shop, cool off and grab a bite to eat. If anyone is reading this and you’re thinking that you’ll never get around to visiting these places, try setting some alerts and reminders in your phone on all the FREE dates listed above! That’s what I’m doing right now. You can bet that I’ll wake up one morning, see FREE and actually go! Places like “Discovery Green” don’t have free parking BUT YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!

  2. This list has been a lifesaver for us while evacuated from Hurricane Isaac in Houston. We loved the Japanese Garden in particular!

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