Local Lovin’: Enjoying Houston on a Budget


You do not have to be related to any of the Texas billionaires to enjoy every minute you live here. Houston is jam-packed full of things to do on a smaller budget.

Like any major city, Houston has its fair share of attractions and restaurants that will put a little dent in your wallet. However, you do not have to be related to any of the Texas billionaires to enjoy every minute you live here. Houston is jam-packed full of things to do on a smaller budget.Enjoying Houston On A Budget

• Sam Houston Boat Tours – Would you believe that you can take a leisurely 90-minute boat tour along the Houston Ship Channel for free? Sam Houston Boat Tours takes 100 passengers on these tours Tuesday through Sunday. You simply have to call and reserve your space.

• Miller Outdoor Theatre – A large percentage of Houston residents will agree that Miller Outdoor Theatre is one of their favorite perks to living in this city. March through September you can enjoy a wide range of free performances. You can BYOB, but glass is prohibited, so pour it into a travel cup or thermos.

• Water Wall – When you visit the Water Wall for the first time you will immediately understand why it is one of the most photographed sites in the city. Every 3 hours and 20 minutes, this 64-foot fountain pumps 78,500 gallons of recycled water over the tall wall. The 3-acre area surrounding the fountain has 180 oak trees to provide shade for an afternoon picnic. • Lawndale Art Center – This contemporary art center includes more than 500 artists annually in its ever-changing exhibits. So, you can visit frequently and always have something new to see. Admission to Lawndale is always free, and guided tours are available Monday through Friday.

• Heritage Society Museum – Nine historic structures built from 1823 to 1905 are nestled on 10 acres in the heart of Houston. It is the only interactive outdoor museum in the city, and you will truly feel like you stepped back in time as you stroll along the stream and cross a rustic bridge to the mill. Admission is always free, but there is a small charge for tours.

• Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – If you are visiting the Lawndale Art Center, you will find this venue right next door, so you can enjoy both in one day if you want. Admission is free to see the work of artists who primarily work with clay, wood, metal, glass, and fiber.

• Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park – If you have kids you will be spending a lot of time here. If you are an adult who likes to stay active, you will also love Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park. This in-ground facility sprawls 30,000 square feet and is the only skate park of its kind in the region. The park welcomes skateboarding, rollerblading, and roller-skating, and admission is free. Helmets are required.