Houston has an impressive way of balancing nature and greenery with city life, and Kinder Lake at Discovery Green helps with that a lot. This spot right in the middle of the city has always been popular, whether for ice skating or a summer splash. And now that they're offering $5 kayak rides at Discovery Green all summer, they might just be our new summer hangout place.

Every day from now through August 31, you can take a kayak out on the stunning lake for super cheap. No reservation is even required—spontaneity is encouraged! 

The kayaks are provided through Bayou City Adventures, and the rides around Kinder Lake last about 15 minutes. There is a three-person limit, and children are even welcome to ride without their parents (permission granted, of course).

The rentals are offered from 11 am to 7 pm on weekends, and 11 am to 6 pm on weekdays.

But if kayaks don't float your boat, you can also rent a sailboat for $5. But whatever you choose—wear clothes that are prepared to get a little wet. Don't worry—they'll make you wear life jackets that are totally cute, not clashy at all. Because, you know, safety first!

But definitely be sure to check the weather before you go.

With the delicious food options in Discovery Green like The Grove and The Lake House, these are the perfect way to kill a few minutes while waiting on a table at these popular spots.

But your colorful pictures don't have to stop with the kayak rides. Discovery Green has no shortage of picture-perfect scenery.

Kayaking at Discovery Green

Price: $5

Address: 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010

Why you should go: It's a cheap way to enjoy a lake day without losing the view of your favorite city.

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