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Exploring Fun Things to Do in Houston on a Budget

‘If it’s free, then it’s for me.’ While this might not be the official motto of the college student, it’s certainly accurate. Regardless of what Hollywood might seem to portray, young professionals aren’t made of money. No matter where you live, money’s going to be tight from time to time. However, this shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying yourself while growing into your budding career. We’ve put together a list of budget-friendly suggestions for having fun in our great city. Here are a few fun things to do in Houston on a budget.

Sam Houston Boat Tour

Interested in learning about the history of Port Houston? Try a boat tour! The M/V Sam Houston offers free, 90-minute guided tours of the port and the Houston Ship Channel. They started tours in 1958. The boat offers air-conditioned indoor seating, as well as standing-room space on the deck. Reservations are necessary at least 24 hours in advance. 

Free Museum Thursdays

Houston has a wide variety of museums, and most of them require admission. However, on Thursdays, a number of them offer free admission during certain hours. This includes the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, and more. There are also a number of Houston museums that offer free admission daily, such as the Jung Center and the Houston Center for Photography.

Shows at the Miller Outdoor Theatre

From March through November, the Miller Outdoor Theatre┬áin Hermann Park offers a wide variety of performances. Their past performances include the Houston Ballet, interpretive dance, cultural performances, tributes to artists such as Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, and more! General seating fills up quickly, but certain evening performances require reserving a ticket for the covered seating area. You can reserve those seats online. If you’d prefer a slightly more casual seating arrangement, grab a blanket or lawn chair and find a spot on the hill.

Waugh Bridge Bat Colony

Whether Halloween is your favorite holiday or you just have a soft spot for mosquito-munching, flying mammals, the nightly exodus of Mexican free-tailed bats from their home under the Waugh Bridge is a magnificent sight to behold. A new observation deck in the Buffalo Bayou Park offers the perfect view, and it’s open to the public. There is also a bat colony living under the Watonga Drive Bridge. Check out the parks department’s website for bat-watching guidelines

No matter which way you look at it, Houston is a vibrant, exciting city to live in. And there are tons of fun things to do in Houston on a budget for everyone. Any questions? Let us know! We’re more than happy to help.

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