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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

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02 Mar

Five Fabulous Free Tours in Galveston

Galveston’s rich heritage and stunning beauty make it an ideal setting for tours of all types. Whether you’re here for a quick getaway or a full-fledged vacation, you’ll find a number of tours available, including many that are free. To get you started, we’ve listed five of our favorites below.

Project S.I.T. (Seawall Interpretive Trail)

Rent a surrey or bicycle and discover this impressive display of 70 seawall benches transformed by area artists.

Tree Sculpture Tour

Thousands of trees were lost or damaged in 2008 due to Hurricane Ike, but creativity saved the day when local artists made sculptures of the remnants. Most of these are located in the East End Historic District, ideal for bicycle tours.

Galveston Ferry, SH 87

Park your car and climb aboard to enjoy a free ferry ride to Bolivar Peninsula and back.

Hotel Galvez App

This interactive and completely free app includes historic photographs, a 25-minute history, and a 20-minute narrated ghost tour.

“Make History” App

Available for Android and iPhone, this free app from the Galveston Historical Foundation comes pre-loaded with a free walking tour of the Strand.

Where to Stay

For ideal beachfront views, make reservations at Hotel Galvez & Spa. Use your tour app and explore the Hall of History on the lower level. Prefer stunning harbor views? Then you’ll love the Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.