Free Things to Do in Houston

Church at Sam Houston Park
Looking for some free fun in Houston? This list should help get you started!  (And don’t forget anything on your adventure with this checklist!)

Downtown:
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

Montrose:
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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