How to Get Free Admission To Houston's Biggest Attractions for Kids

Free admission for kids to Houston museums, Houston playgrounds, and Houston attractions

The amount of money one family could spend visiting all of the major attractions Houston has to offer could easily add up. Luckily, many of the best places to visit offer FREE admission for kids under a certain age. This comes in super handy for families with kids of multiple ages. Whether you want to see animals up close at the zoo, head to a museum, or see a Houston-area landmark like the San Jacinto Monument or Space Center Houston, you can save some money by taking your kids to one of these amazing places.

And even if your kids are past the age where their admission is free, there are plenty of times when local museums offer FREE admission on select days.

The cut-off ages imply that once children reach that age, they no longer qualify for free entry.

Free Admission for Kids Under 1

Children's Museum of Houston - Museum District
The Woodlands Children's Museum - The Woodlands
Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center - Sugar Land
Noah's Ark Pool - Westchase

Free Admission for Kids Under 18 Months

Old MacDonald's Farm - Humble

Free Admission for Kids Under 2

Houston Zoo - Inner Loop
Houston's Downtown Aquarium - Downtown
Houston Fire Museum - Midtown
Oil Ranch - Hockley
Pleasure Pier - Galveston
Bayou Wildlife Park - Dickinson
Galveston Children's Museum - Galveston


Make a family trip to Oil Ranch in Hockley where kids under 2 are FREE. Photo by Rachael Cherry. 

Free Admission for Kids Under 3

Rosenberg Railroad Museum - Rosenberg
Galveston Railroad Museum - Galveston
Minute Maid Park Tour - Downtown
Crocodile Encounter - Angleton
Dewberry Farms - Brookshire
The Health Museum - Museum District
Typhoon Texas - Katy
Hurricane Harbor - Spring
Schiltterbahn - Galveston

Free Admission for Kids Under 4

Moody Gardens - Galveston
Armand Bayou Nature Center - Pasadena
Space Center Houston - Clear Lake
Lone Star Flight Museum - Clear Lake

Free Admission for Kids Under 5 

George Ranch Historical Park - Richmond 
Texas Renaissance Festival - Todd Mission
National Museum of Funeral History - Spring
Butler Longhorn Museum - League City


The Galveston Railroad Museum offers FREE admission for visitors under age 3. Photo by Ashley Jones.

Free Admission for Kids Under 12

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Inner Loop

Free For Kids of All Ages

Contemporary Arts Museum - Montrose
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center - Memorial
Nature Discovery Center - Bellaire
San Jacinto Monument - La Porte
Mounted Patrol Stables - North Houston
Houston Center for Photography - Montrose
Port of Houston Ship Channel Boat Tour - South Houston
Art Car Museum - Heights
Pearl FIncher Museum of Fine Arts - Spring
Lone Star Pinball Museum - Hockley
WaterWorks Education Center - Humble

Top photo: Kids under 4 can see fun aircraft for FREE at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Photo by Ashley Jones.