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Old 07-05-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: southwest houston, tx
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Default great FREE places to visit in Houston?

I just recently moved to Houston (and i'm loving it) and i want to know what are some good places to go see that are inexpensive, preferably free. i.e japanese gardens, museums on thurs, etc. I'm trying to get to the know the area by visiting various areas. any and all suggestions from native and adopted Houstonians are greatly appreciated. thanks.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Here's something to get you started: Houston for $2 Or Less - lists a few free and cheap places to visit in the area.
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:10 PM
 
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Hermann park is a really cool place. It's obviously a bit how out right now, but if you have kids they have a splash pad and some ducks you can feed. If you don't have kids, you might find a homeless man to feed. Either way, it should be exciting!
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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Menil Museum, and the Rothko Chapel a few steps away. On a weekday, take elevators up to the observatory floor of the Wells Fargo building (I think that is it) - - great view of the city; then wander the tunnels below.
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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Miller outdoor theatre puts on spectacular shows. It's in Hermann park. google it for schedule of events.
Memorial park is great for walking, pets allowed, jogging, golf, tennis, etc.
Some bayous are great for biking or walking. Ie, Terry Hershey park
I like driving around different neighborhoods to check them out. Memorial villages, West U, River Oaks, Med Ctr and Rice U, downtown on the weekends when traffic is absent, Woodlands-lots of parks and free recreational stuff to do there, Galleria.
Waterwall in th Galleria area...it's worth a glance, don't plan hours there.
Many free festivals downtown. Check out Discovery Green Park, Elenor Tinsley park, etc.
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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Heights First Saturday -- check the website.

Also, check the websites of all the museums in Houston -- besides MFAH, Menil, etc. -- for free or discount admission days.

In the fall and winter there will be more inexpensive things to do, so keep looking!
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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JP Morgan Chase Tower - take elevator up to 60th floor for views of the city
Beer Can House
Discovery Green
Sam Houston Boat Tour
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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Galveston beach strand ferry
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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It's highly commercialized and kitchy, but we always enjoy going to the Kemah Boardwalk and shop district next door.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:50 AM
 
Location: southwest houston, tx
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thanks for all the suggestions, im planning to check out a couple of these place this weekend, weather permitting.
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