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7 Free Things to do in Texas

We know what it’s like to want to do and see everything, but when you don’t have the bank account to match all that you want to do, it can be disappointing, which is why we put together this list of things you won’t have to take your wallet out to go do.

  1. The Alamo in San Antonio – The famous battlefield and fortress compound where Texans fought for their independence from Mexico in 1836.
  2. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth – You can take a tour to learn about the history of American currency and how it is made, but you won’t need any currency to get in. While this is currently closed due to Covid, it is something to keep on your list if you plan to visit Fort Worth in the future.
  3. Waterwall Park in Houston – Pack a picnic lunch, a ball and gloves, and your pet (on a leash), and head to this 2.77-acre park that features a 64-foot-high semi-circular water wall with 11,000 gallons of water per minute cascading down and being recycled through a filtration system.
  4. Japanese Tea Garden at Brackenridge Park Conservancy in San Antonio – Take a stroll through the ornamental gardens that feature a walking trail, pagoda, koi ponds, and waterfalls.
  5. The Bolivar Ferry in Galveston – When traveling State Highway 87, you can drive your vehicle right onto the ferry that runs between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula. The ferry will take you to Crystal Beach, which is usually less crowded than Galveston. Be sure to bring some bread so you can feed the pelicans and other birds while on the ferry. It is good to keep in mind, too, that during the summer months, the wait for the ferry can get very long, so while this is free, it may be more fun in the less touristy seasons.
  6. Discovery Green in Houston – In 2008, this 12-acre park opened and offers visitors a playground, fountain, dog runs, outdoor entertainment like concerts and movies, bocce, jogging trail and more.
  7. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano – This 200-acre park offers areas for walking, biking, jogging, orienteering and other outdoor activities. There is an observation tower that has amazing views of the city, too.

If you know of other free things to see and do in Texas, let us know in the comments below.

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