There’s plenty to do for free, here in Humble and around the region. From museum tours to outdoor movies, here are 10 things you can do for free.

Visit the Humble Museum

Where: 219 E Main St

Learn about your community and region by taking a trip to the Humble Museum. The museum highlights the cattle, lumber and oil industries and showcases what life was like for those who once lived in Humble, years ago. Admission is always free, although donations are accepted.

Stop and smell the flowers at Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Where: 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd

There is over 250 acres of land to explore at the Mercer Arboretum in Humble, Texas, which includes a number of hiking trails, a butterfly house and more. Best of all, admission is always free to the garden that boasts the largest collection of cultivated and native plants in the region.

Practice yoga

Where: Multiple locations

Yoga studios can be pricy. Instead of paying for a membership, join like minded yogis on Meetup and practice yoga in your neighborhood, for free. There are always new events popping up and the events take place across the greater Houston area.

Hang out at Lake Houston

Where: 12303 Sonnier St

Summer is almost here, and that means spending time on the water. Many of the docks and parks around Lake Houston, and other waterways around the city require a fee, however Alexander Deussen Park does not. Here there is dock access, restrooms and plenty of green space for the kids to enjoy.

See the bats

Where: Waugh Bridge

Nearly 250,000 bats take flight from underneath the Waugh Bridge along Allen Parkway in Houston each day at dusk. Parking and the spectacle are both free.

Take a cooking class

Where: 5626 FM 1960 Road W, Cutco Kitchen Store

Test your culinary skills at Cutco this summer with a free cooking class. Happening on June 13, this cooking class will teach participants how to whip up fresh summer sides to go with your summer barbecue. There will be complimentary appetizers and wine served. The class begins at 6pm and registration is online.

Attend Houston’s Art Car Parade

Where: Downtown, Along Smith Ave

For over 30 years the Art Car Parade has been rolling along. It is the largest free event in Houston. The parade draws in over 250 creatively decorated cars annually and it will be back again next April.

Explore the Jesse H. James Park & Nature Center

Where: 20634 Kenswick Dr

Explore the park and nature center as well as the 12 miles of Spring Creek Greenway, for free. The park features white sand beaches, paved and unpaved trails for walking, running or hiking, as well as a variety of different wildlife and plants. There’s also a recreated homestead and indian village on-site.

Run with The Houston Wellness Project  

Where: Multiple locations

Run a 5K, for free, with the Houston Wellness Project. The running series happens once per month in three different communities and welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. Check the Houston Wellness Project website for course maps and more info.

Catch a movie in the park

Where: 301 Milam

Bring a blanket and some snacks and enjoy the green space and a movie at Market Square Park in Houston. During the summer the park hosts family-friendly movie nights. You can also catch some of the other free events here, too. Just be sure to check the website for more details.

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