Rodeo Houston 2017: Things to Do with Kids, Entertainment, How to Beat the Crowds & Save Money

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I love when Houston starts buzzing with Rodeo Houston excitement!  Whether you go for the rodeo, the concert, the livestock show, the carnival, the food or the shopping… here are the the insider tips we’ve collected over the years!

As we get updates on any 2017 changes, we’ll post them.  If you have updates, let us know!

  • 2017 Dates:  Rodeo Houston – March 7-26, 2017
  • Insider Tips: Where to park, where to find the least busy attractions, where to find the best deals and where to find the best restrooms!  (And NEW in 2016:  Portable restrooms around the park!)
  • The Best Deals on Food at Rodeo Houston:  You can get a hotdog for $3.00… and also a bottle of water for $4.00.  See the eating overview HERE.
  • How BKSC does the Rodeo (daily), without spending a fortune: Here’s our past review of the Rodeo… Season Pass, Value Wednesday, Cheap Transportation, Lots of Free Activities and the Most Reasonable Refreshment at Rodeo.
  • Indoor Activities: The rain keeps the crowds away… so go see THESE indoor activities on wet days!
  • Free Activities: Once inside the gates, there are A LOT of free things to do with kids!
  • General Admission: You only need one ticket… Either a concert ticket or general admission ticket.  So, if you are attending the concert, do not buy these general admission tickets. Adult (Ages 13 & over): $10, Child (Ages 3 – 12): $5
  • Season Pass: If you plan to go several times, check out the season pass for general admission.  This is $25 for anyone older than 2 years old and is good for general admission for all 3 weeks.
  • Value Wednesday: Save money by going on Wednesdays!  $10 Value Wednesday Rodeo/Concert Ticket (includes NRG Park admission), $5 Value Wednesday NRG Park General Admission, Free Value Wednesday NRG Park Admission (for seniors, 60 and over, and children, 12 and under).  On Wednesday, kids carnival rides are $2.00.  (The tickets at the rodeo are $0.50 each. On value Wednesdays, the discounted (kids) rides will be changed to “4 tickets” – presale tickets and/or onsite tickets.)
  • Half-Price Carnival TicketsIf you plan to go crazy on the rides, this can get expensive.  Pre-order carnival tickets for half price!
    • If you have questions about half-price tickets or would like to purchase them, contact Rodeo Houston Volunteer, Cathy, at Herricane05 or go HERE.
  • METRORail:  METRORail is only $1.25 and free for kids 5 and under.  This is a lot cheaper than parking at NRG, and, my favorite part is, it drops you off right at the front door of NRG!
  • Entertainment Lineup: The rodeo takes place right before the concert… and strollers are allowed!

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