Cheap and/or Convenient Outings


Outdoor Sculpture,  Museum District

Outdoor Sculpture, Museum District

On Thursdays, many of the museums in the Houston Museum District are free either all day or during selected hours. As of January 2016, this was the case for the following museums, all a short walk from the Museum District Station on the METRORail’s Red Line:

The following museums are always free, though they accept donations:

For a full listing of museums in the area, including other museums that are either always free or free on all or part of Thursdays, visit the website of the Houston Museum District.

Remember, a one-way ticket for the METRORail costs $1.25 and may be purchased with cash or a credit card at any METRORail station. METRORail riders abide by an honor system in which occasionally an officer will check tickets and fine those riders without one.

Binz St., Museum District

Binz St., Museum District

Gazebo at Sam Houston Park-Downtown

Gazebo, Sam Houston Park, Downtown

Visitors who wish to remain downtown can stop by the upscale bowling alley Lucky Strike, 1201 San Jacinto St., 713-343-3300, just a short walk west of the Hilton Americas-Houston. For a more historical experience, visit Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. (the west end of downtown), which contains houses and other structures from Houston’s mid-nineteenth-century past. Visitors may enter the park for free. Paid tours of selected historical structures are provided by the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St., 713-655-1912, about four blocks southwest of Sundance Cinemas.

Fountain at Sam Houston Park-Downtown

Fountain in Sam Houston Park, Downtown