Whoever said, "everything's bigger in Texas" sure wasn't lying. Houston, in particular, has an amazing reputation and a seemingly endless list of things to do. Although it's not as popular as other tourist destinations, Houston definitely deserves some credit and recognition for all the things it has to offer its residents and visitors.
If you've lived there your whole life, you may feel as if there's nothing cool and exciting at all about Houston, but that's where you're wrong! Sometimes you need to go back to the basics, and do all those cliché, toursity things that seem overrated to you now. Houston happens to have an amazing selection of galleries, street art, and gorgeous parks that are all worth visiting, and not to mention, totally free.
With everything being bigger here, you're bound to come across some big expenses, too. That doesn't have to be the case though! If you look hard enough, there's no shortage of totally free things you can do that are actually a lot of fun, and will save you a ton of money that you can put towards other important things.
With April coming up, it's time to officially get excited about the spring season, and everything that comes with it! All the flowers will soon be in bloom, and the outdoors will be even more beautiful than usual. This list is here to ensure that you have an exciting and adventurous April. Even if you don't manage to cross all these things off, you should definitely try and check out at least one or two!
30. Take some photos in Discovery Green Park
This 12-acre park in Downtown is full of things for you to do! It's a prime location for snapping your latest IG photo, and there's usually some sort of live entertainment going on!
29. Check out cool vintage cars at the Art Car Museum
Something about vintage cars is so enticing. The Art Car Museum has been dubbed the "Garage Mahal" because it's home to a ton of really cool, super unique vehicles that people everywhere are dying to see.
28. Take your pup for a walk at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Centre
This 155-acre Nature Sanctuary will be the perfect place for you and your pup to hang out. There's plenty of beautiful scenery all around, and so many trails for you to explore! There are also some totally free interactive exhibits that you can check out.
27. Cool off by the Water Wall
This is Houston's most photographed site, so did you really visit the city if you haven't snapped a pic? In the warm spring weather, this 64-foot fountain is the perfect thing to cool you off! It's designed to look like a horseshoe of running water and is surrounding by some gorgeous oak trees.
26. Take a boat tour of the Port of Houston
Who would pass up a free boat tour?! The Sam Houston Boat Tour will cost you absolutely nothing and will take you on a 90-minute tour of port, during which you'll learn about the history of the seaport and get a totally unique view of the city!
25. Spend a Saturday at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market
You may be tempted to spend some money, but if you can resist, odds are good you'll still have a good time. The Farmer's Market is a great spot to people watch, and mix and mingle with other locals and vendors in your city!
24. Learn about some Houston history at the Glenwood Cemetery
Then Glenwood Cemetery has become the resting place for some of Houston's most important people, including past mayors, governors, oil tycoons, and more! It's a picturesque spot, and full of history.
23. Watch the sunset from the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
This unique art installation shows off the sunrise and sunset in the most interesting way. As the light changes throughout the day, the pyramid will illuminate and change colours, creating a gorgeous spectacle.
22. Watch bats emerge at dusk from the Waugh Drive Bridge
If you're not too scared of bats, this show can be a seriously cool one to watch. At dusk, over 250,000 bats will awaken and emerge from their slumber at Waugh Drive Bridge, flying off into the sunset!
21. Admire some art at the Menil Collection
The Menil Collection is a museum and neighbourhood made up of free art, all for you to enjoy. There are over 16,000 different works of art for you to admire, indoors and outdoors! You'll definitely have to make more than one trip back.
20. Spend a day exploring the Houston Contemporary Art Museum
The art you'll find in the museum is sure to boggle your mind. There are always new and exciting exhibits for you to check out from national and international artists, as well as lectures and special programs!
19. Practice mindfulness at the Rothko Chapel
Located in the middle of Houston's museum district, the Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational chapel and exhibit space where you can meditate, and admire modern art. It's very serene, meaning you'll definitely leave feeling relaxed!
18. Get active in Buffalo Bayou Park
Whether you walk, run, bike, or rollerblade, Buffalo Bayou Park is a prime spot to get some exercise in! If you're interested, bikes are also available to rent if you don't have your own!
17. Get inspired at the Blaffer Art Museum
The Blaffer Art Museum is known as a gateway between the University and City of Houston, and offers the perfect space for people to get inspired and creative. All exhibitions are free, and open to anyone!
16. Go on a bike ride through Market Square Park
It's no secret that Market Square has some of the best bike trails in the city. It's also a great place to catch some free live entertainment or check out some cool local art.
15. Learn more about your city at the Heritage Society Museum
You can never know too much about where you live, and if you're in the mood to expand your knowledge, you might as well head down to the Heritage Society Museum to see what you can learn!
14. Learn more about those that serve and protect at the Houston Police Museum
If you've ever been curious about police work, this free exhibit will teach you a lot! Check out badges, uniforms, and other equipment, as well as a wall dedicated those who have lost their lives defending us.
13. Light up your IG feed with Houston Street Art
Everyone knows that wall murals make the best photo backgrounds, and luckily, Houston just so happens to be full of especially cool ones! Go on a tour of the city, and see how many unique shots you can get!
12. Visit the Project Row Houses
If you haven't already heard of them, the Project Row Houses are a community dedicated to revitalizing and preserving art and culture, primarily in the African-American community. You can visit the houses for free from Wednesday - Sunday!
11. Snap a picture of the Beer Can House
This Houston landmark is one of the best known in the city. Made up of over 50,000 cans, this house made totally of aluminum will definitely make an impression!
10. Take a tour of Water Works Underground Cistern
This spot was once the city of Houston's first drinking-water reservoir, but it has since been drained due to a leak. The cistern has now become a public place for visitors to enjoy. You can get a tour of this unique spot for free on Thursdays.
9. Go on an adventure through the Houston Downtown Tunnels
Downtown Houston above ground seems cool enough, but did you know that there's more for you to uncover just a few feet underground?! You can reach these tunnels from various points, and through the tunnels you will find different shops and restaurants!
8. Have a photo shoot with friends at the Kemah Boardwalk
With all the cool scenery, the Kemah Boardwalk is the perfect spot to hold an impromptu photo shoot. There's almost always something going on here, so it's guaranteed that you'll never be bored.
7. Go for a hike through Anahauc National Wildlife Refuge
Covering over 34,000 acres, you have plenty of ground to explore in this gorgeous refuge. It's likely that you'll come across some cute critters on your journey, so keep an eye out!
6. Relax in the McGovern Centennial Gardens
If you need somewhere to take a breather after a long week, there's no doubt that the McGovern Centennial Gardens will leave you feeling totally tranquil and relaxed after a few hours of sitting and admiring!
5. Go window shopping at The Galleria
Even if you don't have money to spend, a trip to the mall to do some window shopping can still be a lot of fun! Spend a day trying on all the clothes you wish you could afford, and pick out something to treat yourself to the next time you have extra cash.
4. Check out campus at the University of Houston
If you're not a uni student yourself, something about visiting a campus can be super exciting! Campuses are also a great place to meet friends, or people watch, and there's usually some sort of cool event going on!
3. Cool off by the fountain in Hermann Square
We all know how hot it can get in Houston, even in April. After spending a day outside, it may be a good idea to take some time to cool off by the Hermann Square fountain!
2. Check out a wine tasting at Houston Wine Merchant
If you love wine, this has to be added to your bucket list ASAP. Every Friday and Saturday afternoon, the Houston Wine Merchant offers free wine tastings of various kinds! You can even get the chance to meet the winemakers and vineyard owners.
1. Catch up on reading at the Houston Public Library
If you have a lot of homework to do, need a quiet study space, or just want somewhere to hang out and read, you can never go wrong with a visit to the Houston Public Library!