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The Budget Guide to Houston

If you’re traveling to the oil-rich town of Houston, Texas, but don’t have too many funds of your own, there’s no need to worry. Houston has plenty of activities for visitors of all ages and budgets, and you can take in a lot of the city absolutely free!

So go ahead and book one of the many cheap hotels in Houston, and then follow these suggestions to explore this Texas city for little to no money.

Admire the Beautiful City View from JP Morgan Chase Tower

Head up to the 60th floor of the JP Morgan Chase Tower to get a stunning, sweeping view of the Houston cityscape, absolutely free. The observation deck of the Sky Lobby is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays and entrance is free for visitors. The views of downtown Houston from the tower are some of the best in the entire city.

Hike in Buffalo Bayou

For those who think of Houston as an industrial city removed from nature, take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city’s business district to visit Buffalo Bayou and let this natural oasis change your mind. There are many winding and scenic hiking and biking trails in the bayou that are often used by both locals and visitors. Walk from Shepherd to the East End to admire different Houston neighborhoods while surrounded by beautiful, calming natural vistas.

Taste Fresh Food at Canino’s Market

If you go to Houston on the second Saturday of the month, stop by the family-owned Canino’s Market, a local establishment since 1958. From 10 AM to noon, the market offers free food tastings and demos that visitors and locals alike can enjoy.

Admire Local Art at the Project Row Houses

Head to the Third Ward to walk by this row of restored houses known as the Project Row Houses that have been transformed into creative community art studios. The studios revolve around the concept of transforming the local community through socially engaged art while preserving local history. Though the studios are free to check out, the community encourages donations to keep the project going.

Check Out Street Art in Kingspoint Mullet

On the subject of art, you will find some of the best graffiti murals in Houston in Kingspoint Mullet. The area is right next to the Kingspoint Mall, so combine your shopping trip with some time admiring local graffiti artists.

Visit Market Square Park for Free Screenings and Events

Check out the schedule of events for Market Square Park, which often holds movie screenings and community events such as biking meet-ups for free! If you visit Houston in the summer, definitely attend one of the evening movie showings with snacks on hand to spend a warm summer night with a classic movie on a blanket in the park.

Thanks to many budget hotels in the area and free activities, a visit to Houston doesn’t have to break the bank, so book your tickets for this Texas town now!



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I'm an actress and travel blogger in Los Angeles. Activites: Writing, taking photos, traveling, exploring, getting in trouble. Addictions: music, coffee, Greece, road trips, the ocean, steaks. I have not yet heard of a single place in this world I didn't want to travel to and explore immediately.

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