You may not have realized it, but the official start of summer is less than a week away. That means it’s almost time for some summer fun! CultureMap is well aware, as they just came out with a full list of FREE things to do in Houston this summer! We’ve always loved CultureMap, but we may just love them a little bit more now.
We picked 14 of our favorites from the list to place on our nifty Rediscovering Houston map, with brief summaries below, but you can check out the full article here and click the links below to get a detailed breakdown of each activity.
1. Apple Camp for the Kids!
The Apple Store has a 3-day tech camp where kids (ages 8-12) get to do hands-on digital activities with the help of Apple experts for 90 minutes each day.
2. Geeks Who Drink
This trivia game caters to bringing out your inner geek at bars all around Houston, including Little Woodrow’s, the Barking Pig, and many more. So bring your quick-witted friends for some friendly competitive fun.
3. Tour Houston Breweries
If you’d like to get educated on the art of brewing, there are a few Houston breweries (including the ones below) that give free tours!
4. Venture Through Houston’s Underground Cistern
Come visit this beautiful underground reservoir that now hosts changing art installations. Built in 1926, this is definitely one of Houston’s most hidden gems.
5. Catch a Movie Out in the City
If you want that 50’s nostalgic feel of watching a movie under the stars, you can get it in a few places around town via pop-up movie spots. There’s Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow at historic Market Square Park on select Wednesdays, family-friendly movies at Discovery Green on select Saturdays or movies at Sugar Land Town Square on select Saturdays as well.
6. Take a Sunday Ride Along the Bayous
Meet up with fellow bikers at Market Square the first Sunday of each month for a 25-40 mile bike ride that ventures through Houston’s beautiful landscape (Heads up! Mountain bikes and fat tire bikes are best).
7. Sunset Light Show at Rice University
Head on over to Rice University at sunrise or sunset to experience James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace, which with the help of projected colors and accompanying music, creates a dreamlike experience.
8. Get Fit Doing Circus Arts
Try a new type of workout on Tuesday nights with Circus Arts classes at Discovery Green. You’ll learn and perform ground arts and acrobatics that include low tight wire, juggling, hand balancing, and much more. Anyone over the age of 13 is invited!
9. Critical Mass Bike Ride
Every last Friday of the month, ride through Houston with hundreds of other bikers of all skill levels. Meet up is at Market Square Park at 7:15 PM.
10. Young Writer’s Workshop
Every Saturday during the summer, up to 25 students (ages 5-18), selected on a first-come, first-served basis, will get to learn how to express their creativity on paper.
11. Visit Museums Free of Charge
Houston is full of phenomenal museums and many of them, like the Asia Society Texas Center, Houston Center for Photography, and The Jung Center are actually free everyday!
12. Break a Real Sweat with Outside Workouts
Get fit this summer while taking outside workout and Yoga classes all over Houston! Here are a few of the options:
Athleta Stores: Three locations and various classes throughout the week
City Centre Running Club every Monday night
- Hoop Dance – Sundays at 10:30 am
- Bumba Toning – Mondays at 6:30 pm
- Circus Arts – Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
- Yoga – Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
- Zumba – Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
- Parkour – Thursdays at 6:30 pm
- Yoga – Saturday at 9 am
13. Pride Houston
Come to one of the country’s largest pride events with over 700,000 attendees making their way downtown for the celebration! The festival starts at noon on June 24th with the parade starting later after temperatures drop a bit.
14. Sam Houston Tour of the Port of Houston
Learn about the rich history of the Port of Houston by way of a 90 minute boat tour through it!
- 8th Wonder Brewery
- apple camp
- asia society center
- bike ride
- bumba toning
- critical mass
- Discovery Green
- geeks who drink
- hidden gem
- Houston center for photography
- Houston museums
- kids camp
- Port of Houston
- pride fest
- sam houston boat tour
- Sugarland townsquare