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Free Things To Do in Galveston

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Galveston. Popular attractions include The Strandand Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry.
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    #2 in Galveston
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    The Strand is a five-block, National Historic Landmark District featuring shops, galleries, bars and restaurants housed in 19th-century buildings in downtown Galveston. As you walk along its strip, you'll get an idea of what Galveston was like back in its heyday. Look for placards highlighting the district's historical must-sees, such as the Grand 1894 Opera House, which is still an operating theater. 

    Visitors to The Strand remarked on the architecture of the buildings, and some of the cute shops and restaurants, not to mention the vendors that sell beer and ice cream, which you can enjoy on the sidewalks. However, some recent travelers said you had to weed through a bunch of ho-hum souvenir shops to find the real gems. 

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    Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry
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    To travel from Galveston Island to the Port Bolivar peninsula – or to simply see the sights along the way, which is what most visitors seem to do – the ferry is the way to go. One of the greatest things about the ferry, which is operated by the Texas Department of Transportation, is that it's free. 

    Recent visitors said the less than 30-minute trip is a great activity, as well as mode of transportation, since along the way you might spot dolphins in the water and sea gulls in the sky. Others say that the ferry is prone to long waits in the summer, but they recommend persevering even still. 

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