Stay Cool this Summer… FREE Houston Splashpads, Pools & Air Conditioned Venues for 2018!
Summer Break is here… and you know Houston is HOT! If you are looking for COOL things to do in Houston, with kids… but also want FREE things to do… here’s the list for you!
Look below for FREE Splashpads, Pools, Beaches and Indoor Air Conditioned Venues… and maps for each! (And as always, tell us what else to add!)
For all the Houston summer break resources, go HERE!
- The City of Houston has 29 free splashpads, or as the city calls them, spraygrounds. They are located in public parks, the water play areas are open to everyone to use all year long.
- In addition to these city splashpads, you can enjoy:
- Discovery Green
- Splash for Free at The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
- Downtown Aquarium (Tickets are not required to get to the splashpad)
- Tomball Depot Park
- Nottingham Park
- The City of Houston has 37 outdoor swimming pools are open during the summer (June – August). All pools are FREE and open to all ages. They are open Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00pm – 8:00pm.
- Citizens with disabilities can also use the heated indoor pool at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray. The 5-lane, 25-yard heated pool is open year round.
- The City of Houston also offers FREE Swim Lessons. All of these classes are free and are filled on a “first come, first served” basis during specified registration periods.
- H2OSAFE LEARN TO SWIM classes are offered at three levels and are designed to teach youth ages 6 – 13 basic swim skills, swim strokes, and water safety skills to help them become proficient at swimming.
- SwimWise is a series of FREE learn to swim classes offered for all ages and skill levels.
- Matheson Park Pool in Tomball is open for free for everyone!
- Paid Admission: These Pools are not free, but they are available for you to cool off!
- Sugar Land Municipal Pool – It is cheap! Just a few dollars for the whole family.
- Bellaire’s Evergreen Pool and Bellaire Town Center.
- Quillian Center’s Pool & Noah’s Ark Splahspad.
- The Woodlands Pools.
- Angelton Indoor Pool.
- Lasker Pool
- Nessler Pool
- Wet’n’Wild Splashtown
- Palm Beach at Moody Gardens
- Pirates Bay in Baytown
- Schlitterbahn in Galveston
- Splashway Waterpark in Sheridan
- The Woodlands Resort (Awesome pools… but require overnight stay.)
- Seawall Beach: This busy beach is what you see when you drive by the hotels and restaurants. Street parking is metered but beach access is free.
- West Beach: Just drive on to the packed sand, back up to the water and have everything you need without hauling bags and chairs and coolers and kids. And West Beach is free!
- Jamaica Beach: Like West Beach, this little section of beach has drive-on-the-beach access. The public beach is the area of sand from the vegetation line to the water’s edge.
- Surfside Beach: This park is in the small town of Surfside (and not Galveston). It’s free to access by foot or you can buy a permit to drive on.
- Sylvan Beach Park: In La Porte, this small beach is closer than driving to Galvston.
- East Beach: Not far from the Seawall is East Beach on the tip of the island. It has a pavilion, playground, restrooms, showers, concessions… and alcohol is permitted and it is known for the festivals and live concerts.
- Stewart Beach: Located right after I45 turns into Broadway… and where Broadway meets the Seawall, the beach is very easy to find. This beach has a pavilion, concessions, restrooms, showers, playground, volleyball courts and more. No alcohol is allowed on this family beach.
- Galveston Island State Park: The cool thing about Galveston Island State Park is that there are not many people, showers, changing rooms, a nature center, miles of trails, camp sites, places for kayaking and more.
- The Hidden Lake: Not the ocean… but a lake in Katy with zip lines, sand beach and huge inflatable on the water!
- Public Libraries: Check out books, participate in the free classes and sign up for the reading program!
- Find more FREE reading programs around town.
- Visit these FREE Indoor Playgrounds!
- Ride METRORail (FREE for kids under 5)
- Explore the Tunnels under Downtown.
- Visit the Asia Society Texas Center
- Visit the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
- Visit the Holocaust Museum Houston
- Visit Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
- Visit the Rice University Art Gallery
- Visit the Houston Museum of African American Culture
- Visit the Lawndale Art Center
- Visit the The Jung Center of Houston
- Visit the Children’s Museum of Houston – FREE Thursday afternoons
- Visit The Health Museum – FREE Thursday afternoons
- Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science – FREE Thursday afternoons
- Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – FREE Thursday all day
- Visit the Houston Police Museum
- Visit The Menil Collection & Campus
- Stop by Rothko Chapel
- Visit Houston Center for Photography
- Visit the Tomball Railroad Depot
- Visit the Water Works Museum
- Feed Mounted Patrol Police Horses
- Go on the Port of Houston Tour
- Visit the Art Car Museum
- That Escape Place: Intense Family Friendly Team Building!
- The Escape Game: The Escape Game is a live 60-minute adventure. You and your team will select a challenge and will have one hour to complete your mission and escape.
- Astros Game: When it’s hot, they close the roof and have air conditioning!
- Dairy Ashford Roller Rink
- Rosenberg Railroad Museum
- Galveston Railroad Museum
- Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Museum in Galveston
- And so much more… find ideas HERE.
Map: (This one includes everything in Houston… not just the free stuff.)
Free indoor playplaces: