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Summers in Houston, Texas, may be ridiculously hot, but they’re also full of sunlit and starlit opportunities. Although Houston is an affordable city, getting free experiences never hurts your wallet. Whether you’re interested in cycling, museums, or farmers markets, there’s a way to explore the city without breaking the bank.
The Heritage Society is constantly exploring pieces of Houston’s history. There’s currently a Civil War exhibition, so be sure to add a piece of history to your visit.
Partially established by Barbara Bush in 1979, this center is one of 12 in the world. The exhibitions shift but the message of connecting Houstonians to Asian culture remains the same.
This park is 160 acres and the perfect spot to spend your morning, whether it’s cycling, walking, jogging, or just sitting in the sun.
Located in the University of Houston campus, this museum exhibits work by students and international artists. It has won many awards, including the Coming Up Taller award from Michelle Obama in 2009.
Nicknamed the “Garage Mahal,” the Art Car Museum is a bold and proud manifest of folk art. Be sure to try and plan your trip around the Art Car Parade, if possible.
Because who doesn’t want to spend their day looking at giraffes and lions?
A Houston staple, the Beer Can House is a wild piece of art that anybody can appreciate.
This organization empowers a greater understanding of what it means to be in the Third Ward community. They have artist residencies where you can see the artist’s work.
This arboretum has five miles of trails to explore, as well as events to learn more about nature.
In a word: BATS. This mesmerizing feature of Houston is entertaining and likely something you’ve never seen before.
One of the largest skate parks in Texas, the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is over 40,000 square feet.
Providing free concerts, children’s shows, musical theatre, and other events, Miller Outdoor Theatre is a staple of the Houston summer scene.
With gorgeous works of art to explore, as well as photography classes, the Houston Center for Photography is a must for any art enthusiast.
Located in downtown Houston, Discovery Green is an urban paradise with special events like concerts and flea markets.
A large fountain standing tall in the Galleria area, this park is a great spot for taking photos and impressing the kids.
If contemporary art is your jam, Lawndale Art Center holds exactly what you’re looking for in the downtown Museum District.
The perfect blend of famous and regional artists, the Menil Collection offers something for everyone and has been open since 1987.
Vegetables, flowers, fruits, dairy products, and prepared foods are available at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market.
Bordered by Congress, Travis, Milam, and Preston streets, Market Square Park is a lawn downtown where Greek spot Niko Niko’s decided to call home.
Opened in 1871 and where many famous Houstonians are laid to rest, Glenwood Cemetery offers walking tours for your next visit.
A way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Mercer Botanic Garden recently reopened after being wrecked by Hurricane Harvey. It is now back to its former beauty and holds a variety of flowers.