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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.
  • #2
    The Strand
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    #2 in Galveston
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Less than 1 hour
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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. 

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    Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry
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    #5 in Galveston
    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    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. 

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