As Texas' largest city, Houston is a bustling hub for big business and science, but it's also the place to go for an exciting Southwest excursion. Choose for one of the manyHouston rental cars available at Dollar, and save money by applying Houston discounts on rental cars. For example, through the end of September you can get a mid-size SUV for $189.99 per week. For a shorter getaway, rent the vehicle for $33.99 per day through September. No matter how long you're staying, here are a few travel ideas for your frugal excursion:
Check out Discovery Green
Get to the city's downtown area via your Houston car rental for a trip to Discovery Green. This 12-acre park is free to the public and has something for the whole family. Boat enthusiasts may enjoy gazing out at the Model Boat Pond, while the art lover can browse through the art installations on the grounds or take in a musical performance at the amphitheater. Pack a light picnic for a low-cost dinner, or treat yourself to a casual meal at The Grove or The Lake House.
Explore the museums
Get in you Houston car rental and head southwest of downtown to the Houston Museum District for a unique cultural and historical experience. You'll find world-class facilities like the city's Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Natural Science. But there are also many museums that are free to the public everyday: The Holocaust Museum Houston offers local-centric exhibits like "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers," while the Station Museum displays contemporary art on a rotating basis. On Thursdays at select times, you can also get free admission to seven area institutions, including the Health Museum, Children's Museum of Houston, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Houston Zoo.