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Houston is receiving plenty of buzz about its great summer values. The city was ranked as a top value destination this year by Budget Travel and Hotwire.com, and SmarterTravel.com has recently named Houston one of the summer’s top five bargain destinations. Further, Hotels.com’s Hotel Price Index said that the average price per room, per night, in Houston in 2010 was $106.94 — lower than the U.S. average. Houston also showed to have a lower average meal cost than other major U.S. cities at $32.53 per person, according to a 2010 survey by Zagat.
In addition to affordable dining and accommodations, there are plenty of free attractions in Houston. In fact, 10 museums in the Museum District, including the Menil Collection, are free to visitors throughout the year. An additional seven museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Children’s Museum of Houston, have dedicated free admission times each week. The Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts a range of free performances including classical music, dance, Shakespearean plays and more, while downtown’s new 12-acre Discovery Green Park also hosts free local music shows. At the Port of Houston, visitors can embark on a free, 90-minute boat tour and learn about the history of the seaport.