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Save your cash and still see the best of Houston with these local events and activities. Whether you’re visiting Houston for a weekend or you’ve lived here your whole life, you can do any of these things for free and have fun every day of the week!

Here are 25 awesome free things to do in Houston so you won’t have to spend a dime. Whether you are looking for free things to do in Houston today or free stuff to do in Houston this weekend, we have you covered!!! 


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1. HOUSTON’S BEST PARKS

Free Things to do in Houston - Discovery Green

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With Houston’s weather, we can spend most of the year outside! Go early in the summer for great hiking and biking trails and some of the coolest playgrounds you’ve ever seen, without ever leaving the outer loop! Discovery Green, Levy Park, Evelyn’s Conservancy, and Midtown Park host free outdoor movies, children’s activities, live music, and other free activities on the regular. Check out our guide to the best parks in Houston for more info.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm


2. H-TOWN ARTS: East End Murals

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Houston’s art scene is as unique and diverse as the city itself. Murals in the city are ever-changing which means you must tour regularly to see them all. There are plenty of maps and guides to Houston murals to help you find them. Pack a picnic and bring your camera!
Where: 3211 Harrisburg Blvd. Houston, TX 77003
Operating Hours: Always open


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3. ALWAYS FREE MUSEUMS

Free Things to do in Houston - Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Unbelievably, there are first-class museums in Houston which are always free! The Menil Collection, The Rothko Chapel, The Contemporary Arts Museum, The Art Car Museum, Blaffer Art Museum, and just a few of the great free museums in Houston. Don’t forget to visit more of Houston’s best museums on Free Thursdays!
Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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4. STAY FIT

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There are plenty of ways to get a free workout in Houston. You can visit the local parks for free fitness classes open to the public or stop by your local community center to see their calendar. Check in at a local Houston gym or studio to get your first class free! Most gyms offer guests a free trial period before you join, just go “gym-shopping” until you find one worth paying for! Note that many gyms now require advance reservations when visiting.
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside Street Houston, TX 77098
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm


5. CATCH A LIVE SHOW

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Even if you can’t save for a touring legend, there are plenty of local musicians who perform across Houston’s restaurants, bars, parks, and other venues. Batanga, Sambuca, Birraporettis, Niko Niko’s at Market Square Park, Baker Street Pub, Last Concert Cafe, and many more have live music on weekends.

House of Blues also regularly hosts free concerts with just as online RSVP required to get your tickets. Keep it cheap and go for appetizers!

Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm


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6. HIT UP THE MALL

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Malls have changed since the 90s- they know we want more than boring chain stores and a sub-par food court. City Centre and Memorial City have inviting outdoor spaces where you can find indoor playgrounds, live music, storytimes, free movie screenings, live sportscasts, workouts, and more. Head out to La Centerra’s Central Green in Katy, Sugar Land’s Town Square, The Galleria, and more.
Where: Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm


7. THE RED BUTTON AT BUFFALO BAYOU

Free Things to do in Houston - Buffalo Bayou Water Works

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One of Houston’s best-kept secrets isn’t a secret at all. Burp the Buffalo Bayou on the Preston Street Bridge. This is a great activity for kids or someone new to Houston- just don’t hype it up too much! If it’s not in service at that time, or you’re ready to move on, head over to Buffalo Bayou Water Works.
Where: Buffalo Bayou Water Works, 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Free Things to do in Houston - Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Shows at the Miller Outdoor Theatre are always free! If you want covered seating, you’ll have to reserve your free tickets at the box office on the morning of the performance. Otherwise, you can always sit on the lawn for free! Bring your own picnics and blankets, just leave the booze and glass at home.

Among our top choices for Free things to do in Houston for couples!!!

Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, United States


9. THE PARK OF THE ARTISTS

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Smither Park is one of the most unique places in Houston- and on earth! Local artists and artisans install new pieces to the mosaic on a regular basis. Visit early on a Saturday morning to see the artists at work.
Where: Smither Park, 2441 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Check out our article on the Best Parks in the Houston area!!!


10. UNIVERSITY TOURS

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Visit the Admissions Center of any local university for a free, walking tour of the grounds! Rice University, Saint Thomas, and the University of Houston all have beautiful, sprawling campuses with art, fountains, and more.
Where: University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm | Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


11. LEE & JOE JAMAIL SKATEPARK

Free Things to do in Houston - Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

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Located at Eleanor Tinsley Park, this skating mecca is open to the public. Bring your skateboard or just watch the athletes. Admission is free but you’ll want to mind the rules and skating safety.
Where: 103 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm


12. THE DOWNTOWN TUNNELS

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The tunnels of Downtown Houston are an ever-improving maze meant to get you from one side of downtown to the other. Admission is free but they are only open on weekdays during business hours. You’ll find restaurants, shops, and more. Check out our full guide to the Downtown Houston Tunnels.

Among our top choices for free things to do in Houston at night! 

Where: 909 Fannin St #1650, Houston, TX 77010
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm |  Saturday – Sunday CLOSED


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Did you know that Houston has the most extensive downtown tunnel system in the US? Join us on our Underground Tunnel tour (air-conditioned) without outdoor views for an in-depth look at the incredible metropolis below ground-floor in Texas’ largest business district including the most award-winning downtown skyscrapers which host many of Texas’ most noteworthy Fortune 500 corporate headquarters & historical venues.

As part of this day tour, we will visit multiple historical and artistic sections of Downtown Houston’s tunnels as well as the corporate buildings that lie on top of them. Make sure to bring your smile and camera as we will provide you with unique photo-op opportunities and inside secrets that most native Houstonians don’t even know about!

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13. THE HOUSTON ARBORETUM

Free family fun in Houston: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center has winding paths through native plants, clusters of trees, outlook points, and more. There’s even a mural! Admission is always free! They have a free nature hike on Saturdays and paid classes for all ages!
Where: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm


14. THE WATER WALL

Free Things to do in Houston - Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

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In the Galleria-area, the Gerald D. Hines Water Wall is a jaw-dropping structure you’ll never tire of visiting. Check out all you need to know before you go and pack a picnic!
Where: Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

You may also want to check out our post on The 10 Best Waterfalls in and near Houston! 


15. FARMERS MARKETS

Free Things to do in Houston - Rice University Farmers Market

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You can support local Houston artists and entrepreneurs by shopping at local farmers markets. Check out the Heights Morning Market, Westchase District Market, Memorial Villages, Grand Parkway Farmers Market, East End Market, and more. Check out our guide here!
Where: Rice University Farmers Market, 5600 Greenbriar Drive Houston, TX 77005
Operating Hours: Tuesday: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Remember to check out our post –  34 Farmers Markets in Houston Near Me!


16. PROJECT ROW HOUSES

Free Things to do in Houston - Project Row Houses

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This collection of restored houses in the Third Ward offers a glimpse of the history of Houston’s oldest neighborhoods. They have frequent art installations, live performances, tours, and more. Admission is free.
Where: 2521 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004, United States
Operating Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


17. WAUGH BRIDGE BAT COLONY

Free Things to do in Houston - Waugh Drive Bat Colony

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The bat colony under Waugh Street Bridge is one of the largest in the nation. Park nearby and walk to the bridge- there is a market and plenty of room to have a seat. Keep little ones away from the bridge- there are droppings nearby and the bats tend to come out irregularly. Around sunset, you’ll see the bats emerge slowly.
Where: Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77002, United States
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours


18. THE MOODY CENTER OF THE ARTS

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Located on Rice University campus, this installation for the arts is open to the public every day. Exhibition spaces have free admission, some events may be ticketed. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: 6100 Main Street, MS-480, Houston, TX 77005, 6100 Main MS-550, Houston, TX 77005, United States
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


19. TWILIGHT EPIPHANY

Free Things to do in Houston - Twilight Epiphany

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The James Turrell Skyspace, Twilight Epiphany, is an art installation playing with light. See how the sculpture grabs and focuses the light every day at sun up and sundown.
Where: Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, Houston, TX 77005, United States
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


20. GET ZEN

Free Things to do in Houston - BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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Houston has many beautiful churches and temples, many of which are open to the public. For something truly breathtaking, visit the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford. The marble-white walls and peaks are magical. They offer free admission to the public and a vegetarian canteen- just heed the rules and respect their sacred space.
Where: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1150 Brand Ln, Stafford, TX 77477, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


21. FREE WALKING TOURS

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There are several free walking tours throughout Houston, most of which are self-guided. Join the Houston Downtown Introduction Walk, Religious Walking Tour, Art Walking Tour, and more. Find more tours here.
Where: 800 Preston Street, Houston, TX 77002


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Food tour of Downtown Houston

Foodies wanted! Come enjoy diverse plates in the heart of Downtown Houston at some of city’s most famous restaurants. This tour will begin at the Historic Market Square Park (outside Niko Niko’s) where you will learn about Houston’s rich history, beautiful architecture, & diversity of cultures. Guests will enjoy first-hand views of the tallest building in Texas & the Downtown Tunnel System (1/3 of tour spent in tunnels) in the USA.

The tour consists of 3 stops where you will try 6-7 delicious food samplings including authentic Mexico City cuisine, traditional Asian novelties, Houston’s unique take on Italian-American, & dessert. These meals are pre-ordered & will be coming out nice & fresh for your whole group. 

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22. HERITAGE SOCIETY

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The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park offers beautiful gardens, historic homes and collections, and more. Admission to the gardens and grounds is always free but some events and activities may be ticketed.
Where: 1100 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, United States
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


23. ARMAND BAYOU

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The paddling trail here can be easily accessed from the Bay Area Park. You’ll want to go with someone who is experienced as there can be dangers {and alligators!}.
Where: 8500 Bay Area Blvd Pasadena, TX 77507
Operating Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


24. BREWERIES

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Houston has a bustling craft brew scene with breweries popping up all over. We also have some awesome beer halls and biergartens. Visit Saint Arnold, Axelrad, No Label Brewing, Karbach, Brash Brewing, Klaus, and more. There’s rarely a cover, often live music, and some places will give you free tours! 
Where: Axelrad Beer Garden, 1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004, United States
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 2:00 pm – 12:00 am | Friday and Saturday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am | Sunday: 12:00 pm – 13:00 am

Also, remember to check out our post on the Top 10 Breweries in the Houston area


25. THE KEMAH BOARDWALK

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One of the best attractions in Houston has free admission, every day of the year! Head out to Kemah for an old-school boardwalk with rides, restaurants, games, prizes, and more! Entry is free, to ride and play games requires tickets. They have frequent events including live music and dancing. Or, you can simply watch the boats around the marina!
Where: 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565, United States
Operating Hours: Monday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm | Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Friday and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Saturday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm


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