Galveston Island offers visitors plenty of free activities the entire family will enjoy.
Galveston is only a 35 minute drive from Houston and is a fun beach getaway. With plenty of shoreline, there is no shortages of sandy beaches to play. But did you know Galveston has more to offer than swimming in the ocean?
A Galveston Beach Vacation is filled with beaches, gorgeous sunsets and great food. Perfect for weekend trips or long family vacations. But there are also plenty of free activities to keep the family entertained!
8 Free Things to do in Galveston, Texas
Port Bolivar Ferry – The Port Bolivar Ferry ride is free and an absolute must do! The 20 minute ride takes you from Galveston to Bolivar. Be sure to look for dolphins! We road the ferry 2 days in a row because my son enjoyed it so much. We rode it early in the morning and saw about 20 dolphins each day.
Swim in the ocean – Galveston has over 30 miles of shoreline and can find parking along the Seawall. Or hit up Stewart beach, a family friend spot that has showers, bathrooms & dining. My favorite is East beach (and no fee to park!). It’s less crowded and you can park your vehicle right on the beach.
Tree Sculpture Tour – In 2008 Hurricane Ike left plenty of damage in its wake. But area sculptures turned damaged oak trees into amazing tree sculptures. You can take a self-guided tour throughout the island to see over 30 gorgeous sculptures.
East End Historic District Tour – Take a walking tour of historic homes dating back to the mid-1800s.
Galveston State Park – Grab your binoculars and head to the state park. You’ll have breathtaking views, scenic nature walks and spot wildlife that is unique to this part of Texas.
Taffy Demonstration – La King’s Confectionery is an old fashion candy store and you watch a demonstration how taffy is made. Kids will love this activity!
Mural Walk – The historic district has several fun murals painted on sides of the buildings. Take the family for a stroll and take this is as a great opportunity to get some fun photos.
Pier 21 – Take a stroll down Pier 21. Not only can you spot dolphins and other marine wildlife, but you can view all the boats that are docked. Brings some crackers or bread and feed the pelicans.