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January 12, 2017 by
Jay Medley
Everyone has made their 2017 new year’s resolutions, making solemn vows to do this or not do that in the year ahead.

We all have goals, and it’s important to make a genuine effort to reach them. Saving more money and spending less is a very popular resolution, in fact according to Statistics Brain, it is the third most popular on the list, coming after losing weight and getting organized.

Since statistically speaking, only about 8% of those who make resolutions actually follow through with them, we want to help you meet your goal of saving more money in the new year.

To assist you in doing so, take a look at our top picks for free yet fun things to do in Houston.

Free Activities to do in Houston in 2017

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

This is a 155-acre nature sanctuary that should not be missed! This venue educates visitors on how to protect native plants and animals around the city.

It is a five mile area that can be walked free of charge, and visitors can enjoy the interactive exhibits as well. Dogs are welcome to walk the trail of this attraction as long as they are wearing a leash.


Glenwood Cemetery

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to do for free, visit Glenwood Cemetery. This landmark boasts 84 acres along the Washington Corridor.

This also happens to be the resting place for many iconic past Houston residents, including over 20 past Houston mayors, past governors, oil tycoons, and Howard Hughes, known for being a famous aviator, engineer, and movie director.

While this may seem like a strange way to spend your free time, it could be really fun and the walking gives you great exercise as well.

Contemporary Art Museum

If you love art and want to see some amazing pieces, check out the Contemporary Arts Museum for complimentary admission.

There are not only art exhibits at this museum, but also lectures, special programs, and a gift shop if you are in the mood to pick up a souvenir.

Heritage Society Museum

If it’s a sunshiney day that you’d hate to waste indoors, this may just be the spot for you. It is the only interactive outdoor museum in the city, and it features structures that were build dated all the way back to the 1820s.

These structures include a 4th-ward cottage and Greek revival house build for the Rice University founder, William Marshall Rice. To visit this museum is free, but note that guided tours are $15 per person.


While you may feel like any worthwhile and entertaining activity requires you to shed at least a little cash, there are an abundance of activities in the Houston area that are free of charge.

This helps you meet your 2017 resolution to save more and spend less, all while enjoying yourself, learning, and having a boat load of fun. What else could someone ask for?

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