Free things in San Antonio for Hurricane Harvey evacuees

The images I’m seeing from Hurricane Harvey show mostly devastation but, through that, I’m seeing love. People helping people. Texans loving Texans. If your family has evacuated to San Antonio, there are a few things you can do for free (or a discount) to get out and try to get your mind off things – even if it’s just for an hour.

Hurricane Harvey information for San Antonio visitors (discounted lodging)
Curated by Visit San Antonio

San Antonio Zoo – 
Now through Friday, September 1, the San Antonio Zoo is providing free standard zoo admission to those who have been displaced from their homes in select TX counties. See this photo for details.

San Antonio Aquarium – 
From August 28 through September 3: San Antonio Aquarium and I-Guana Jump will offer free admission to residents of all counties that were evacuated during Hurricane Harvey. All you need to do is provide a photo ID with your address and you can enjoy a day in the aquarium on us.

The DoSeum – 
The DoSeum would like to support all those affected by Hurricane Harvey with offering free admission, from Aug. 30 – Sept. 30, to all Gulf City Families (Houston, Coastal Bend region and surrounding areas) as well as members of Children’s Museum of Houston and Thinkery!

Santikos Entertainment – 
From August 26th through September 6th, the best seats available for any movie at any Santikos theatre will be free to Gulf Coast residents displaced from their homes. All you need to do is show a valid picture ID and then select a seat. This offer extends to residents of any Texas county that has been declared either a state or federal disaster area.

Alamo Drafthouse – 
Alamo Drafthouse is also offering free admission for Harvey evacuees from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31 at any San Antonio, Laredo and New Braunfels location. Restrictions: First Run Films ONLY, does not apply to special engagements or private events. All LATE COMER, TALK & TEXT, AGE policies apply.

Texas State Parks –
Hurricane Harvey evacuees can stay for free in Texas State Parks. Please call parks to check availability. Some parks in coastal and south Texas regions are closed due to the hurricane. Parks not listed here may have limited availability; if you are an evacuee and you are near a TPWD park that is not listed here, you can check this map to see if the park is open.

The Witte Museum – 
The Witte Museum is offering free admission to Hurricane Harvey evacuees this week: August 28 through September 1. Please show a valid picture ID at the admissions desk. This offer is extended to displaced residents of the Coastal Bend region, Houston and surrounding areas.

The McNay Art Museum – 
Evacuees are invited to the McNay Art Museum free of charge through Sunday, September 3. The McNay is a safe place for the enjoyment and discovery of the visual arts, and in troubled times we are here to offer you support. Our beautiful grounds, quiet galleries and serene courtyard are open to give you a mental breather.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum – 
From Tues., Aug 29 through Sun., Sept 10, the Briscoe is offering FREE ADMISSION to displaced residents from the Gulf Coast – Just present a valid picture ID. See our website for complete details. To our neighbors and friends affected by this powerful storm, San Antonio is with you!

Laser Legend – 
Families displaced by Hurricane Harvey play free at Laser Legend this week. Free Laser Tag and Glo Golf for displaced families with valid Drivers License or State ID showing affected address. Please stop-by and forget the mess Harvey has left behind – a little smile makes a big difference in times like these!

Lockaway Storage – 
Lockaway Storage and UNITS Moving and Portable Storage of San Antonio are partnering to offer a free month of Hurricane Harvey relief storage to Texas residents if their home or business has been affected by the recent flooding. Both portable storage containers and traditional self storage units are available free for one month. No admin fee will be charged and a lock will be provided.

Lucy’s Doggy Daycare and Spa – 
Because dogs need something, too, free daycare and boarding for evacuee dogs at their downtown location. Call Lucy’s at (210) 495-3647 for more details.

In Fredricksburg:

The National Museum of the Pacific War – 
Now through Thursday, August 31, The National Museum of the Pacific War is offering FREE admission to those who have been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey.

In Austin:

Catch Air – 
Catch Air Austin and Catch Air Round Rock are offering free admissions at both locations to all Hurricane Harvey evacuees for the next 30 days (8/29 – 9/27). Adults just need to show their driver’s license with their Houston area city to gain free entrance for their little ones.

The Thinkery – 
The Thinkery is currently offering free museum admission to families displaced by Hurricane Harvey. An end date is not listed.

In Waco:

Cameron Park Zoo – 
Is extending free admission to those that have been displaced from their homes. Through Monday, September 4, 2017, we will be offering free general admission to guests from the counties listed. See photo for details.

Mayborn Museum Complex – 
The Mayborn is happy to provide complimentary admission to those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

In Dallas:

The Dallas Zoo –
Now through Monday (Sept. 4), evacuees can show ID at the ticket gates for free admission. We’re also making Zoo tickets available to evacuees in area shelters. We hope a visit to the Dallas Zoo might help ease the pain and bring a smile to your face, even if for just a few hours.

The Perot Museum – 
Hurricane Harvey refugees from multi-county region can receive free admission for up to seven family members through Sept. 30; daily science activities, demos and more happening daily during the three-day weekend, plus the country’s largest Maya exhibition, summer discounts and other complimentary admission programs end Sept. 4. Details at

Hawaiian Falls – 
Anyone displaced by Hurricane Harvey is invited to enjoy a much needed day of fun at Hawaiian Falls this weekend. Just show a valid ID with a coastal area address at the front gate to receive free admission Saturday, September 2nd through Monday, September 4th.

Did I miss something? Let me know!

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