You may have thought it would cost a hundred dollars or more to take a family of four to the zoo, on a boat tour or to a see a play -you may be surprised to hear you can do all of these and more - and it won't cost you a dime!
 
On any given day - a visit to see lions, tigers - even giraffes would cost you about eight bucks, but did you know the Houston Zoo offers free admission several days out of the year?  "It's an opportunity for people to come to the zoo during the holidays when parents are off work; they can bring their kids and have a great time," says Zoo Spokesman Brian Hill.

Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Columbus Day, New Year's Day, the day after Thanksgiving are all free days.  If you're an active service member of the military - it gets even better!  You and seven members of your family are invited to visit the zoo any day and no one has to pull out their wallet!

The Port of Houston Authority operates free public tours of the Houston Ship Channel and the Turning Basin Terminal.  The entire trip lasts about an hour and a half.

The Miller Outdoor Theater is under construction now, but come March it will be bustling with activity as the new season gets underway.  There are 120 performances including concerts and plays - they are always free to see.

There are several other activities you can do for free around the city.  For more information about those and the ones we highlighted, check under the Freebies Blog.  Coming up Monday, we'll tell you how to get free food on your birthday!