Travel to Galveston without breaking the bank
Planning a Galveston Budget Trip
Think you can’t afford a beach vacation? You might be surprised! One of the great things about vacationing in Galveston is that it’s not too far away, and if you can drive to your vacation destination, you’ll save a lot on airfare and car rental. Though it’s not quite the Bahamas, a Galveston budget trip is a great choice. Get ready to think differently, and to realize that maybe you can afford a fabulous vacation, after all!
Miles of Beaches!
Obviously, the beach is pretty much the number one reason for coming to Galveston. As a coastal barrier island, Galveston has over 20 miles of beaches for you to explore. Spending days on the beach can be a super-affordable way to enjoy your time off, plus you’ll go home with a great tan! Galveston’s variety of beaches has something to appeal to everyone, whether you’re looking for a wild party (East Beach), a quiet nature preserve (Galveston Island State Park), or a horseback ride along the sand (East Beach again). A popular beach pastime here is beach or jetty fishing, which will only set you back the cost of the license if you have your own gear. Catching your own dinner is a great way to save, plus it’s fun! It’s a great Galveston deal!
Water Sports Galore On Your Galveston Budget Trip
Sure, some trendy water sports can cost a lot, but the old classics don’t have to! Find yourself a good deal on kayak rentals, and spend the day exploring the paddling trails in Galveston Island State Park. Alternatively, rent paddleboards and enjoy exploring Galveston Bay. Another fun diversion is a ferry ride over to Point Bolivar, where you can spend the day exploring different beaches. The ferry service is free and operates 24 hours a day.
Birdwatching, Dolphin-Watching, People-Watching
Another variety of vacation entertainment is simply looking at new stuff you’re not used to seeing, whether it be tourists from around the world, or migratory birds en route to warmer climates. Galveston offers plenty of chances for both! Hiking and birdwatching are very affordable pursuits, and there are plentiful opportunities to do both here, especially in Galveston Island State Park, but also in other spots.
You might think you can’t afford to head out on a dolphin-watching excursion—think again! BayWatch Dolphin Tours, located at Pier 21, offers tours for only $10 per adult, while infants and pets ride for free. Their dolphin-safe boat (no propellers) brings you up close to view dolphins in their natural habitat, and this informative and fun 45-minute tour is definitely worth your time and money.
Finally, don’t underestimate the entertainment value provided by other humans! Galveston is a prime tourist destination, and as such, there are unique and interesting people here from around the world. A great place to observe them is along the Seawall, a 10-mile stretch of beaches fronted by shops, bars, restaurants, and entertainment galore. Rent beach cruisers for a fun day of biking along the Seawall and enjoy the city as well as the great outdoors.