72 Hour Travel Guide: Houston (Locals Guide)
A locals guide to Houston on a budget. Here are the cheapest things to do when traveling to Beyonce’s hometown. Food, free activities, and helpful event tools to help you see Houston like a local.
Visit the Historic Third Ward
Third Ward is a historically black community, famously known for being where Beyoncé was once raised. There are two things I highly suggest doing in Third Ward: visiting the Project Row Houses and eating at the famous This Is It soul food kitchen. Project Row Houses is an organization dedicated to supporting the Third Ward community. They create opportunities for Houston artist, underprivileged mothers, small businesses, and locals. The houses hold art instillation for the community to come and see. This is a great way to learn about Houston's culture for free. After you visit these houses you should head over to Third Wards number one soul food kitchen This Is It. Loved by locals, this tiny restaurant offers chitterlings, greens, oxtails, fried chicken, mac and cheese and so much more. You can get an adult plate for around $11 and it come with a lot of food.
Axelrad Beer Garden
Houston has some great beer gardens that are perfect for the social traveler. One of my favorite beer gardens is Axelrad. This place is highly favored amongst Houstonians. Axelrad has a wide variety of beers and even offers a $3 beer of the day. They have a large patio area with hammocks, warmers, and a stage. They have an event schedule for everyday of the week with things like: movie nights, live music, comedy shows.
I have been living in Houston for 5+ years and this website the main way I find cheap or free events. This handy tool provides weekly updates, month to month calendars, and categories of things to do in Houston everyday of the week on a budget. Cultural events, galleries, festivals, and concerts are just a few of the things I've attended because of this website. They even offer discounted tickets to shows, games, and festivals. This is one of the best ways to know what's happening in the city when you arrive.
Miller Outdoor Theater & Herman Park
You will never get bored in this Houston landmark. The park is free and there is a little something for everyone. Explore the Japanese Garden with its many ponds and vibrant flowers. See a live play at the theater. Miller Outdoor Theater is a huge amphitheater located inside the park that puts on plays, concerts, and sometimes even movies. You can reserve low cost tickets at the ticket booth or grab your blanket and sit in the free grass seats. The theater is a space for the community to gather together to be entertained. The park is located in a hot spot for tons of other activities, so I encourage you to venture off and see what you can find.
Houston is known for being one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States. Chinatown offers a variety of Asian stores, restaurants, and supermarkets giving you a tastes of many different cultures. This area is known for having super cheap bakeries filled with sweat breads and desserts starting at $2. Chinatown also has unique cuisines authentically made by and for the Asian community.
The amazing thing about Houston is that it has world famous museums within walking distance of each other. The Museum of Fine Arts has something for just about everyone. It has ancient statues, large paintings, interactive art rooms, and movies. The Museum of Contemporary Art is a great places for modern art seekers. Sitting across the street from MFA it is a free option for those on a budget who still want to experience the Houston art culture. There are a ton of pop culture related instillation, making it one of the top two museums to see in Houston.
Houston is a great option for travel because the city is so big and diverse making it great for budget travel. There are a ton of free things to do like Herman Park and Project Row Houses. Houston also offers a large variety of ethnic foods to try on a budget by visiting Chinatown bakeries, Third Ward's This Is It kitchen, or grabbing a cheap beer from Axelrad beer garden. What's the first thing you'll do when visiting the greatest city in Texas?