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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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11 Apr

Four Free Must-Do Tours

Vacation bills can add up quickly, especially when traveling as a family. Give yourselves a break and explore the rich heritage of the island the best way we know how; the freeway. As the air warms up, spring is the perfect time to explore by foot or bike.

Tree Sculptures of Galveston
The artists of Galveston made light from disaster after a 2008 hurricane ripped through the trees on the island. The Trees of Galveston that were left remaining, broken at the stumps, were carved and left as a visual representation of the locals’ spirit to persevere. There are 20 of these sculptures sprinkled throughout the East End Historic District, but you have to go on a scavenger hunt to find the other five lost in the city. Download this free map of the tour, or enjoy the sculpture video for some of the tree art you might spot.

Turtles About Town 
Much like the tree trunk concept, get your GPS out and head on a walk throughout town for your next hunt! Map out the 50 colorful Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle statues you find throughout the island. Each turtle was designed to tell a story, as this community art project conveys the conservation efforts that Turtle Island Restoration Network has made to protect endangered sea turtles along Galveston’s coast. Explore the map available here.

The Freedom Walk 
Take a walk through time, learning about the historical Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth, that took place right here in Galveston. The Freedom Walk is a self-guided tour leading you to 5 historic stops that were essential to African-American history. You can also download the app and keep learning in real-time from your mobile device.

Galveston Ferry, SH 87
From land to water, explore the shores of Galveston in a unique way by hopping on a free ferry ride to the Bolivar Peninsula. Guests have the year-round opportunity (weather permitting) to ride out in the morning for a day of exploration and head back just in time for dinner. On your 2.7-mile journey, enjoy views of possible dolphins swimming alongside, as you sail past Fort Travis, Seawolf Park, the Bolivar Lighthouse, and more.