It doesn't matter if you're on a vacation or a staycation, there's always a few places where you can find entertaining, exciting things you can do for free in Houston. Everyone is game for saving  a little moohla, right. The leg work has been done so that you won't have to waste your time chasing down frugal places to hangout in Houston.

Miller Outdoor Theater

Weekend and evenings are a great time to have a picnic in Hermann Park. The 445-acre greenspace has lakes, art, and a Japanese garden that are open to the public daily. Another main attraction in the park is its huge ampitheater. You can a sit atop what's affectionately called "hippie hill"  or grab a spot in the comfortable stadium style seats near the stage.

Every seat provides an excellent view of the family-friendly concerts, musicals and plays that are a staple of Houston's spring and summer entertainment calendars.  Some of biggest concerts held there happen on.

  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Juneteeth
  • July 4th

If you're lucky you'll be visiting when they break-out the fireworks at the park.

Heritage Society At Sam Houston Park

If your visit takes you close to downtown Houston,  there are some historic structures that are you can visit there for  free,  in Sam Houston Park.  The Historical Society also sponsor entertaining adult and children programs.  They're best known for the collection of vintage homes from different eras. They have preserved and restored them for exhibit, along with furnishing from the time periods.

JSC Rocket Park

For those traveling on a budget, the Rocket Park at Johnson Space Center can be visited for free from 9am until 6pm as it is a public park sponsored by the National Park Service. Simply go to the main NASA gate off of Saturn Lane and tell the guard you want to visit rocket park. For NASA tours and other space exhibits, you'll have to go to Space Center Houston which requires a fee. 

Discovery Green

Houston newest greenspace is located near the George R Brown Convention center. Discovery Green is a place where everyone can come out and participate in activities. You'll find group yoga and pilates exercise classes,  Sunday concerts and young writers workshops. In the summertime when they put up the giant screen to show old movies, everyone brings their lawn chairs and blankets.

Nature Discovery Center

This lush 4-acre oasis is conveniently located inside the loop in Bellaire, Texas. Nature lovers of all ages can stroll, play, picnic, observe animals, and explore the park. The Center also includes the historic Henshaw House which is home to the Discovery Rooms and include hands-on interactive exhibits, live animals to touch and observe, books to browse, and memorable moments for all ages. 7112 Newcastle Street or The Center is open Tuesday - Sunday, 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. and is FREE.

Houston Public Library

You heard it right, the Central library in downtown Houston. It has some awesome events. It's unbeatable as a cool place to hangout on hot or rainy days. You can participate in lots of stuff.

  • Author  tours,
  • Crocheting with Mike,
  •  Midday film series
  • Stress and relaxation exercises for adults.

If you have kids along,  they'll be delighted to know at the library  they can  participate in wii gaming and more.

 Free Boat Tour

You'll need to schedule your reservations well in advance,  to take a fantastic free voyage down the Houston ship channel. The 90-minute cruise will give you a birds eye view of one of the busiest ports in the country and one of the city's largest employment centers. You can sit in the air conditioned lounge or stand on the boat's rear deck to see the barges,  freighters and tankers  bringing goods from  across the world into Houston,  to be transported all over the U. S.

Whether you're the outdoors type or prefer to beat the heat inside,  there should be something that everyone will enjoy on this list. Would you believe this is only a handful of the many things that you can do in Houston for little or no money.

Try searching free events in Houston and you'll find lots more fun things to do that will make your trip to Houston enjoyable.

Fun for photos. Park and walk fo Galleria (1 block)

Labyrinth at St Paul's Methodist, Main Street and Binz, across from the Museum of Art 

The church has a newish free labyrinth on Main just to right of church, and the public is welcome to use it (respectfully)! iWalking a labyrinth is an ancient practice for meditation!  The church has plans to add park benches and trees soon. 

Hermann Park, Sam Houston statue, Rose Garden,  Duck Pond with Play Squirting Fountain & Japanese Gardens

The Park is between the medical center and the museum district, just east of Main Street.  All of the above have free admission. You can bring a picnic and your dog and really enjoy Houston's coastal weather. Parking is free too, but sometimes challenging. Try the rosé garden parking lot or streets behind it. The Japanese Gardens are lovely with an authentic tea house (that is always closed in the 50 times I have visited), but interesting from the outside. The gigantic koi and turtles are interesting in the pond. The entrance is sort of hidden. walk south from Sam Houston statue. go on right side of duck pond. Toward the end, when you see the squirting fountain with children playing in it, look to your right for the Japanese Gardens. There is also a cute train and paddle oats nearby, as well as the zoo, but they are not free. 

Galleria Area Fountain

Park in the parking garage off West Alabama near Post Oak and walk over. Afterwards, it is fun to watch the ice skaters in the middle of the original Galleria, the part facing Westheimer.