Situated just fifty miles from Houston, Galveston is a premier vacation destination with over thirty miles of beaches, a host of family-friendly attractions, historic buildings and landmarks, and an endless list of recreational activities for visitors’ enjoyment.
The best part of visiting Galveston? All of these awesome sightseeing destinations and awesome activities don’t have to cost an arm and a leg when you’re in the know and you plan ahead! Read on to learn more about Galveston’s budget-friendly activities and attractions!
Fun Things to Do in Galveston See for Free (or Nearly Free)
Beginning with a few vacation planning tips, you can set yourself up for savings success during your stay in Galveston by booking your accommodations for a mid-week stay (during Sunday through Thursday), when rates are greatly reduced in comparison to the weekend. You can also buy a Galveston Island Pass, which allows you to save forty percent off of regular admission prices to upwards of four or more attractions in Galveston, such as any number of the city’s affordable museums, or the adventure resort Moody Gardens and the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. The pass lasts for thirty days after purchase, making it wise to buy ahead of time!
For free, you can take the Galveston Tree Sculpture tour, which showcases sculptures made by local artists from oak trees damaged by Hurricane Ike that are scattered throughout the historic district. There are also free movie and music nights in Saengerfest Park in downtown Galveston from March through October, free art gallery viewing nights downtown, free taffy-making demonstrations at La King’s Confectionary, and free ferry rides and dolphin watching on the famous Bolivar Ferry. Visitors can also take a pleasant stroll along the Strand, a region of downtown Galveston renowned for its beautiful Victorian architecture—the largest collection of such architecture in the country—and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, and more.
Of course, you can also enjoy Galveston’s magnificent beaches, including Seawall Beach, which has the longest continuous sidewalk in the United States and ample room for biking, running, swimming, playing beach sports, or lounging. Bird-watching is also a popular activity all over Galveston Island, with over three hundred species of birds migrating to the island each season. Galveston Island State Park is also a gorgeous locale for kayaking tours, surfing, nature trails, and fishing.
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