We all know this summer is different than usual. Typical summer events like big music festivals, beach parties, and other large gatherings are canceled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun. Summer is in full swing down in Galveston, and there are free, socially-distant activities you can enjoy just about every day of the week.
This summer, Galveston Island is home to a number of free activities and events for visitors to enjoy all throughout the season, including:
- Free Fun at Stewart Beach–Stewart Beach is hosting a number of free events this summer for the whole family. The Galveston Children’s Museum will be on hand every other Tuesday (the next date is June 30) from 9 to 11 am for special activities, like beach ball games and sandcastle building. Not only that, Stewart Beach will also have free sandcastle building lessons on Saturdays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm now through August 22.
- Artist Boat’s Bucket Brigade–Enjoy free interpretive beach tours on Saturdays and Sundays now through August 30 where you’ll get to explore the various creatures and features of local beaches with hands-on activities. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and take place at Stewart Beach, Midtown, and Pirate’s Beach. You can register here for a tour.
- Bird Watching and Exploring at East End Lagoon Nature Preserve–If you’re a bird lover, you need to check out the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve that has ADA-compliant trails allowing you to explore the lagoon’s 684 acres where over 200 species of birds congregate and travel through. Additionally, Galveston Island Sate Park
- Exciting Activities at Galveston Island State Park–Galveston Island State Park has a ton of outdoor activities that are free to enjoy, including beach combing, geo-caching, kayaking, nature field trips, fishing, birding, hiking, and more. It’s $5 to get into the park, but the activities are free to enjoy.
- Self-Guided Tree Sculpture Tour–After Ike ravaged the Island in 2008, many local trees were devastated. However, what was originally something highly damaging has now become something beautiful. Sculpture artists have created magnificent pieces all throughout the island out of damaged oaks that once lined neighborhood streets and yards. For walking directions to the sculptures, visit this page.
- Turtle Statue Hunting–In recent months, a public art project has been taking place in Galveston called ‘Turtles About Town’. About 20 colorful sea turtle statues have popped up across the Island to highlight the conversation efforts of the Turtle Island Restoration Network. You can get a free brochure at the Galveston Island Visitor Center inside the Chamber of Commerce to guide you to finding all of the beautiful statues.
Once you’ve had your fill of fun, don’t forget Galveston’s beaches are now reopened, so you can just relax and enjoy the sun while being outdoors and practicing safe social distancing. Make sure to check out our guide to the best Galveston beaches.
For more ideas for free fun in Galveston this summer, check out their website with the latest info about activities and events.
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