Veteran’s Day is a time for all of us to recognize the bravery and selflessness that those who have served in the military showcase. Houston has many ways for all citizens to celebrate this holiday, and a few special honors for veterans and active duty military members. Make sure that you use this day to thank a veteran for his or her service and remember those who have sacrificed for our current way of life. Check out these ways to celebrate Veteran’s Day in Houston.
Houston Humane Society
14700 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77053
(713) 433-6421

Through their program Pets for Vets, the Houston Humane Society is offering free pet adoptions for all active, former and retired military personnel this Veteran’s Day. If you’ve ever wanted to have a furry friend join your family, head down to their shelter and take a look at the dogs, cats and other animals available for adoption. This is available from Monday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 15. The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to providing high-quality care to the animals in its shelters, as well as finding loving homes for the animals it cares for. Help bring joy to your own life and reduce shelter overcrowding by adopting a new pet.

Houston Museum Of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 639-4629

Travel around the world without having to leave Houston by visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science this Veteran’s Day. If you’re looking for an indoor activity for the whole family, this is a great place to spend an afternoon. Veterans will get in for $5 off of their admission price. Enjoy the recently expanded paleontology hall or watch some live experiments in their chemistry exhibits.

Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461
(979) 553-5102

Take the time to relax by visiting one of the many state parks around the Houston area this Veteran’s day. In addition to areas for camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding and fishing, the park also allows disabled veterans free entrance with the Veterans Pass from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Honor those who have served by spending some time with family and friends appreciating the country that they worked hard to keep safe.

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Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 533-6500

Check out the wild side of Houston with a trip to the zoo this Veteran’s Day. The zoo offers discounts to all members of the military, veterans and their families. Just show your military ID at the box office when purchasing your tickets. Guests with a military ID are able to purchase up to five tickets per day (two adults and three children) at the 50 percent off discounted rate. Military members are also able to purchase a zoo membership for 10 percent off, allowing them to come back as often as they’d like for a lower rate. Make sure to check out the new gorilla exhibit while you’re there.

Hermann Park Railroad
6102 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 526-2183

Take a ride around Hermann Park with your family on the railroad this Veteran’s Day. Especially if your family has some younger members, this will be a great way to spend some time together enjoying the outdoors. The railroad takes around 20 minutes to circle the entire park and you can get off at any of the stops throughout, including near the METRORail, the museums and the Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children. On Veteran’s Day, active military personnel and veterans can take a train ride for free as a thank you for their service.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at