Yup, we found some fun, free things to do while here in Galveston.
Just a drive along the main drag is fun. You see a variety of houses and businesses, and unlike more “upscale” resort areas, even basic stores and eateries are mingled among high-rise resort hotels and have views of the water. In town, the road goes along the seawall and gives a clear view of the Gulf.
There are a lot of public beach access points along the Gulf side of the island. Many with free parking areas right on the beach. Oh yeah…we took advantage of that, and more than once. While there are some “upscale” homes along the water, Galveston Island has made sure public access stays available. We love beaches and salt water!
|This is just 1 section of the Starnd|
|A nice day for a ferry boat ride. Just a few ships at anchor|
There is also the old Pt. Bolivar light that was retired in the 1930s and is now privately owned. It provided shelter for several folks during the Great Storm of 1900 (one of the worse storms in U.S. history. If you interested, here’s where you can find more info about the lighthouse: https://www.crystalbeach.com/light.htm and https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ydg02 for more on the storm)
|The seagulls get a handout from a family|
Up in Houston, admission to the USS Texas park and the San Jacinto Battleground park are free. And if you get blessed, like we did, you may even get that free guided tour of the battlefield by the Texas State Park Volunteers! The only costs there are to take a tour of the battleship or some things at the San Jacinto Memorial, like riding the elevator to the top and special presentations. The park area itself is quite lovely and has areas for picnics and well maintained, clean restrooms.
I’m sure there are more free goodies, we just haven’t found them yet. But then, we’ve only had a couple weeks to explore the area. But here are a few more photos of what we've seen so far...
|Driving back to RV park along the seawall|
|Our local beach access|
|Even seagulls figure it easier to ride than fly in blustery weather that day|
|Orange ship is a car carrier passing Pelican Island and Seawolf Park|
|Pleasure Pier is another historic sight along the Seawall|
|Historic Bolivar Light as seen from ferrt|
|Bolivar Ferry Terminal at sunset|
|You can spot a shrimp boat by its green nets|
|Seagulls love ferry boat handouts|
|Our "free" ferryboat cruise at sunset|
|We get to see all kinds of ship traffic for free|
|Always fun to spot a dolphin!|
|Seagulls aren't the only ferryboat hitchhikers|
|This time it was a very calm day along the seawall|
|I need to find out the story on this house...|
|Inside La Kings. We caught it at a very quiet moment.|
|Get to see a lot of Old and New here!|
Notice the men in the rigging on the Elissa!