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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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24 Apr

Three Free Galveston Tours Just in Time For Spring

As the weather warms up and refreshing spring breezes carry salty sea air inland from the Gulf, there is no better time to explore Galveston’s rich heritage and stunning beauty on a bevy of tours that appeal to all types and budgets. Whether you are here for a quick getaway or a full-fledged vacation, give your wallet a break and try out some of our favorite tours offered for free!

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

Art lovers will rejoice for this Texas-sized art installation that spans Galveston’s historic seawall from Sixth to 61st street. Rent a bicycle or bring the whole family along on an open-air surrey or golf cart, and discover this impressive display of 70 seawall benches transformed by local 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 whimsical sculptures out of the remnants. Tucked into gardens and nestled in side yards, most of these are located in the East End Historic District. Rent a bicycle or explore on foot and discover these artful creations reborn from nature.

Click here for a free map of the tour, or here for a video of some of the sculptures you might spot. For more information about the self-guided tree sculpture tour, visit

Galveston Ferry, SH 87

Park your car and climb aboard to enjoy a free ferry ride to the Bolivar Peninsula and back! Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (weather permitting), this 2.7-mile journey offers views of Fort Travis, Seawolf Park, the Bolivar Lighthouse, and more. If you are lucky, you might spot some dolphins in the distance or bobbing alongside the ferry.

Where to Stay

Between Galveston exploration, find respite in our selection of historic and luxurious accommodations. Searching for a beachside oasis? Make reservations at Hotel Galvez & Spa. Prefer stunning harbor views? Then you’ll love the Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.