With a city that’s on the up and up like Houston, you might be afraid the time has come to wave goodbye to stuff like cheap housing and taking a date to movie that doesn’t involve table-service wine and a personal reclining leather pod. But we’re here to remind you that you can still get by quite nicely with that $10 bill you found in your dryer. Take that Hamilton to any of these choice locales for some proper budget-friendly fun.
Needville Price: $7 Seven dollars will get you into the 5,000 acre park, where you’ll find ample opportunity to bike, fish, hike, bird-watch, camp, and stargaze. You’ll also find a fair amount of alligators. You’ve been warned. Note: check for flooding closures before you make the drive.
Lazybrook Price: $10 These karts boast a 9-HP Honda GX-270 engine, so this is guaranteed to be one of the fastest five minutes of your life (besides that one time at band camp). Ten bucks gets you one ride, but look out for coupons and discount days.
Spring (& Missouri City) Price: $10 Great news! There’s no age limit at this indoor trampoline playground. Just $10 will get you a 30-minute jump, which is probably all you can handle. Note: $2 SkySocks are required to jump, but they are yours to keep and reuse.
Downtown (& other locations) Price: $5 It’s just $5 to get your own bike for the day. Just check it in at one of the many stops after an hour, then every 30 minutes after that to keep from getting charged more. That’s more than enough time to bike the bayou trail from Waugh to Downtown.
Midtown Price: $5 to $10 America’s only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier is a worth the $10 admission (or $5 for students, seniors, and military).
Price: $2 For what is essentially pennies, you can sign up for a docent-led tour of the 87,500sqft, 25ft-tall underground cistern. It’s totally glorious already, but the Buffalo Bayou Partnership announced plans to add art installations, too.