7 Budget Friendly Things to do in Houston

One of my favorite things about living in Texas is that there are so many options for when you’re bored out of your mind or when you need something awesome to do. It’s not hard to find budget friendly family activities here at all if you’re truly looking for them! Houston is one of those places that is FULL of them! These 7 budget friendly things to do in Houston are just the tip of the iceberg!

Visiting Houston, Texas soon? These 7 Budget Friendly Things to do in Houston will keep  you entertained and your wallet full at the same time!


These are awesome if you’re visiting the area, but they’re just as great for those of you who live in the area too! Some are educational too so they would be fantastic field trips for homeschoolers too! Texas is chock full of history and that’s very, very evident in Houston. Since Houston encompasses such a large area, these may or may not include suburbs too.

Battleship Texas is a 1200 acre WW1 and WW2 battleship that visitors can either take a self guided tour of or schedule a hard hat tour of areas that aren’t usually open to the public. For hard hat tours, guests must be 14 years old or older, you will need to bring a flashlight and it’s recommended that you bring a backpack as well. For public tours, all ages are welcome. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult and an adult admission will only set you back $10.00 per person.

Space Center Houston – The Houston Space Center is a must visit when you’re in the area. With over 40 different attractions, you can do everything from see the “Stellar Science Show” to having lunch with an astronaut. This one is fun and educational and PERFECT for anyone who loves space! General admission tickets run $21 for adults and $16 for kids ages 4-11.

Downtown Aquarium – Like all things under the sea? If so, the Houston Downtown Aquarium is perfect for you! You’ll see everything from an actual shipwreck display (complete with a giant pacific octopus) to a sunken Mayan temple to being able to feed and pet live stingrays! At just $10.99 admission for adults and $7.99 for kids, this one is HIGH on the budget friendly list!

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site – While you’re visiting Battleship Texas, make sure to swing by the battle site too! You can take a ride 489 feet up in the San Jacinto Monument, take a walking tour of the battleground and compare the battleground’s changes from 1836 to now. Admission to the battleground is totally free, but the monument will cost you a couple of dollars per person.

Houston Zoo – Feeling a bit wild? Head over to the Houston Zoo! They’ve got lions, tigers, and bears! Oh my! (yes, I’m totally aware of how lame that was. I’m 100% okay with my lameness). They’re even adding gorillas in May 2015 which I’m sure will be a great exhibit! Admission runs $16.00 for ages 12 and older.

Houston Museum District – If you’re in the mood to learn, the Houston Museum District is the place to do it! With over 15 different museums, including the Houston Zoo, you could spend a few days just visiting the different ones! Admission costs will vary depending on the museum you visit. Some of the museum’s that are available to visit are the Houston Children’s Museum, the Holocaust Museum Houston and more!

Minute Maid Park – “Take me out to the ball game! Take me out to the crowd!” Fancy a ball game? If so, head over to Minute Maid field and watch the Houston Astros play! Tickets start at just $10.00 each and go up from there and kids 2 and under are free as long as they can sit on an adults lap.


So who’s game for a trip to Houston? Sounds like a blast to me! I could spend days just wandering around the historical sites and museums! Want to save even more? Grab a Houston City Pass! You’ll save almost 50% on these attractions making your budget friendly vacation even more budget friendly!

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Stacy Barr

Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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