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    Houston has a vast collection of public urban spaces that add to its appeal as a city that’s great for budget travellers. These range from hillside lawns with outdoor theatres where you can watch live concerts and performing arts for free, to beautiful nature parks where you can experience Houston’s great outdoors.

    Some of the free venues in Houston promote active lifestyles, featuring programmes and workshops that you can join at any time and at no cost. There are also quirky museums to discover, some that feature permanent exhibits that you can enjoy on free days. For the complete roundup of free things to do in Houston, read on as we show you that Houston can be truly enjoyable even if you’re keeping your spending to a minimum.

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    Watch gigs at the Miller Outdoor Theatre

    Hit the lawn and enjoy live bands and art performances

    • 家庭
    • 經濟實惠

    You can bring your own food and beer or wine, hit the hillside lawn, and join the crowd as live bands perform on stage at the auditorium of the Miller Outdoor Theatre. This is Houston's main community venue, with all sorts of gigs that you can enjoy for free throughout the months of March through October. Their playlist is diverse, ranging from classical orchestras, jazz, and world music to ballet, Shakespeare plays and even retro film screenings.

    地點: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, USA

    開放時間: Sunday – Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm

    電話: +1 832-487-7102

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    Take the kids to Discovery Green

    Houston’s urban park that’s great for kids

    • 家庭
    • 經濟實惠

    The non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy partnered with the City of Houston to create this 12-acre urban park in Downtown Houston. It hosts various annual programmes, mostly promoting active lifestyles, which are totally free to the public. There are hundreds of community events held here each year, which you can freely join in. Among these are kayaking on Kinder Lake, circus arts, Zumba, core-focused yoga, dancing the tango, and parkour workshops. In good weather, you can expect a monthly flea market held every third Saturday night, featuring handmade goods and vintage items.

    地點: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, USA

    開放時間: Daily from 6 am to 12 am

    電話: +1 713-400-7336

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    See whacky builds at the Art Car Museum

    Centrepiece showcase of “the world’s art car capital”

    • 拍照
    • 經濟實惠
    • 非一般行程

    A motorhead’s paradise in Houston, the Art Car Museum on Heights Boulevard isn’t your average garage. This place is categorised as a contemporary art museum, thanks to its rich collection of whacky car builds that it has amassed since the ‘80s. The rich history of the art car movement has made Houston the so-called “art car capital of the world” and this museum serves as its centrepiece showcase. Among the dazzling builds is the Swamp Mutha by Ann Harithas, which features a gold-bodied and gold-rimmed Chevy, embellished with statues of alligators, rats, ducks, and snakes.

    地點: 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, USA

    開放時間: Wednesday – Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    電話: +1 713-861-5526

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    Birdwatch at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

    Walks through beautiful gardens with exotic wildlife sightings

    • 伴侶
    • 家庭
    • 拍照
    • 經濟實惠

    The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is one in Houston’s large and most beautiful green spaces. You can enjoy pleasant and scenic walks throughout this botanical garden, with a great variety of trees and flowering plants along the way. You’ll come across water habitats where native birds and aquatic life thrive. There are well-shaded sections where you can take a rest, enjoy the views and enjoy the occasional animal sightings up in the foliage, down on the lawn and in the water.

    地點: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, USA

    開放時間: Daily from 7 am to 6.30 pm

    電話: +1 713-681-8433

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    Browse the Urban Harvest Farmers' Market

    Houston’s largest weekly market

    • 購物
    • 拍照
    • 品嚐美食
    • 經濟實惠

    This large, weekly farmers’ market takes place every Saturday on the Eastside drive off Houston’s Richmond Avenue. The Urban Harvest Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of vendors showing off their rich assortment of local products. These range from fruits and vegetables to cold cut meats, cheeses, poultry, eggs, and more. Head here earlier to sample the best and the freshest. Live music, as well as plenty of different food trucks offering snacks and refreshments, add to the lively vibes.

    地點: 3000 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098, USA

    開放時間: Saturdays from 8 am to midday

    電話: +1 713-880-5540

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    Visit Howard Hughes' tomb at Glenwood Cemetery

    Resting place of some of Houston’s most iconic figures

    • 歷史文化`
    • 拍照
    • 經濟實惠

    This 84-acre burial site is most notably the final resting place of Howard Hughes, a billionaire industrialist, aviator and philanthropist who is considered the real-life inspiration behind Marvel’s Tony Stark, and subject of Martin Scorsese’s biopic The Aviator. Glenwood Cemetery also features monuments and ornate headstones of some of Houston’s past mayors and governors. Its beautifully laid out and is well-maintained. It shows that cemetery tours in Houston can be fun!

    地點: 2525 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007, USA

    開放時間: Daily from 7 am to 5 pm

    電話: +1 713-864-7886

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    See the sunset LED show of the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

    An iconic Houston landmark with a dreamy light show

    • 伴侶
    • 拍照
    • 經濟實惠

    Houston is rich with impressive landmarks, and one of the stunning sights that’s free to enjoy is the James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. You can find this massive pavilion near the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus. Rice’s music students usually jam on scheduled events here, making good use of its well-designed acoustics. Head down here before the sun sets for the stunning LED light show, with its amazing play of colours against the evening sky.

    地點: Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    開放時間: Wednesday – Monday from 5 am to 10 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    電話: +1 713-348-4758

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    Enjoy interesting exhibits without spending a dime

    Enjoy interesting exhibits without spending a dime

    • 家庭
    • 歷史文化`

    Among Houston’s collection of museums and art galleries, here are a great few that offer free admission or features that you can enjoy. The Houston Museum of Natural Science on Hermann Park has permanent exhibitions such as its palaeontology collection free on Thursdays throughout the summer, from 6pm to 9pm. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is free to visit on Thursdays from 10am to 9pm. You can enjoy the hands-on learning exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Houston on its free family nights from 5pm to 8pm.

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    9

    Explore the Buffalo Bayou Park by foot or bike

    Scenic trails through Houston’s vast green space

    • 伴侶
    • 拍照
    • 經濟實惠

    There are plenty of vast green spaces to explore in Houston, but the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park has fun and scenic trails that allow you to enjoy the city’s riverside and great outdoors. Pathways and bridges lead you from one part of the park to another, and you can rent bikes from places at the park. The main rental company here is the Bike Barn, conveniently between the park’s Water Works and the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark bowls. However, you can hike or jog around without spending a dime.

    地點: Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston, TX 77019, USA

    電話: +1 713-752-0314

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    Take in the action at Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

    The place in Houston for in-line and skateboarding fun

    • 家庭
    • 經濟實惠

    You can easily find these action-packed skate bowls right next to the Buffalo Bayou’s Sabine Street bridge. It’s where the local skater community gathers for fun hours. The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark features 30,000 sq ft of in-ground skating bowls, with sections for every skater skill level. This means you can show up as a total novice and learn to balance and cruise or go hard and show off your ollies and kick flips. Admission to the park is free but helmets are always required.

    地點: 103 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007, USA

    開放時間: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm

    電話: +1 713-222-5500

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