- The list below includes 54 free or cheap things to do in or near Galveston, Texas, including 57 different types of inexpensive activities like Piers & Boardwalks, Specialty Museums, Beaches and National & State Parks.
- From Rosenberg Library to 61st St. Fishing Pier, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Galveston and in nearby cities within 25 miles like League City, Kemah, Texas City and Houston.
Hosting many community events and featuring internet access for all members, the Rosenberg Library collects, preserves, and presents local artifacts in the Galveston and Texas History Center and Rosenberg Library Museum.
Rod rentals, bait, cold refreshments, food, snacks, and alcoholic beverages are available at 61st St. Fishing Pier which is a family friendly location. There is an observation deck to view the Gulf of Mexico in addition to the extensive pier space for general fishing.
Located on Pelican Island, Seawolf Park offers a playground, picnic areas, and a fishing pier. Self-guided tours are available on the 2 historic sea vessels the USS Cavalla, a WWII submarine and the USS Stewart, a destroyer escort.
Getting soaked on water rides or having adrenaline rushes at the top of some of the most thrilling roller coasters are reasons why visitors come to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The Iron Shark roller coaster has a 100 foot vertical lift and moves riders at 52 mph.
The Port of Galveston, which features a variety of water attractions for younger guests to enjoy, including slash pads, rides, and pools, offers guests the opportunity to go on a cruise. Visitors of this site will be able to visit the casino or watch a movie.
Stewart Beach offers an outdoor pavilion and a community room that can be rented for special occasions. The beach also offers umbrella and chair rentals, along with volleyball courts, a snack bar, restrooms, showers, and a souvenir shop.
Known as the largest beach in Texas, Galveston's East Beach, is the place for waterfront fun, frolic and entertainment. The large expanse of beach features frequent special events, concerts, swimming and sunning for kids of all ages.