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by Sherry Williams / 11 News
Posted on April 7, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Credit: Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Art Car Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art with an emphasis on art cars, other fine arts and artists that are rarely -- if ever -- acknowledged by other cultural institutions. Admission is free.

33 things to do in Houston for $2 or less

HOUSTON— khou news did the research and found 33 fun things you and your family can
do in the Houston area that cost $2 or less.


In fact, most things on the list are free.
One of Houston’s most-photographed, most-popular hang-outs is on the list—the Williams Tower Water
"Anything like this is good, just to get out," said Lad Moehnke, who took the day off recently to enjoy the
wall with his 18-month-old son, Grayson.
And the best part is, hanging out at the Water Wall will cost you absolutely nothing.
The same is true for the Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Pak just west of downtown. Even if you are not a
skateboarder, being a spectator is fun all by itself.
Have you ever seen the Beer Can House near Memorial Park? It’s worth a trip. It’s not free, but all they ask
for is a $2 donation.
Miller Outdoor Theatre is also on the list. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. The season for free outdoor
performances began in March.
Several things are on the list that, chances are, you didn’t even know were in our city. Did you know
Houston has a Bible Museum?
"If you go to this at Houston Baptist University, you will see a rare collection of American Bibles," said
Christine Di Stadio, KHOU-TV Director of Digital Media.
At the Holocaust Museum, you get a rare and moving experience. A visit provides an excellent "living
history" lesson for children and adults.
"I think that this is a great opportunity for you to learn about Houston. Enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the
indoors," said Di Stadio.


See the next three pages and video down below for more information and links.

Project Row Houses

Twenty two shotgun-style homes in the heart of the Third Ward were rescued by Project Row Houses. The group then developed them into a center for art and cultural education programs, which celebrate African-American history and culture. They also provide community services and galleries for local artists. This image is an example of one artist's work in a row house. Project Row Houses is free and open to the public for tours. Located at 2500 Holman. Online:



Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark: The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is a state-of-the-art, 30,000-square-foot, in-ground public facility, known to contain the largest cradle in the world. The park features areas for skaters of all levels, from the seasoned pro to the beginner. Admission is free, and helmets are required. Located at 103 Sabine Street. Online:

The Orange Show

The Orange Show is Houston postman Jeff McKissack’s creation. Built in honor of his favorite fruit, it illustrates his belief that longevity comes from hard work and good nutrition. The result is an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly painted iron figures. Located at 2402 Munger. Online: Admission to the Orange Show is $1












Sam Houston Boat Tour

Sam Houston Boat Tour: The Port of Houston Authority offers free, 90-minute cruises along the Houston Ship Channel. Embarking from the port's Sam Houston Pavilion, visiting sightseers can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels and operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal. Measuring 95 feet in length and 24 feet in width, the boat carries a maximum capacity of 100 passengers with air-conditioned lounge seating and additional standing room on the boat's rear deck. The tour is free, and reservations are required in advance. Online:

Houston Center for Photography

The Houston Center for Photography is one of only a handful of non-profit spaces around the country that is committed to showing great new photography.HCP is always free and open to the public. Located at 1441 West Alabama. Online:

Discovery Green

Discovery Green, a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston, officially opened to the public on April 13, 2008. Emulating the model of great urban parks around the country, Discovery Green is designed as an engaging and active place with programming to serve all ages and backgrounds. Admission is free.  


They have dancing waters your kids can run through!



Buffalo Bayou

The ribbons of light that outline Buffalo Bayou near downtown change from white to blue to white to correspond with the 29-day lunar cycle. Free to visit. Located at 1113 Vine Street. Online:

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston: This jewel in Houston’s art scene is housed in an award-winning, all-metal structure that complements its contemporary art. The CAMH is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art of the last 40 years. Free admission. Located at 5216 Montrose Blvd. Online:

Beer Can House

The Beer Can House -- one of Houston's folk-art masterpieces -- is a home covered in 50,000 beer cans and tabs. Located at 222 Malone. $1 admission to visit the grounds; $5 for a private tour. Call 713-926-6368 or visit::

Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Miller Outdoor Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater in Hermann Park that presents free performances, including ballet, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, musicals and the Houston Symphony. Call 281-FREE-FUN or visit: