Don’t let your summer become a staycation, fulfill your need for relaxation at a nearby resort destination you can afford.   Galveston Island is only 50 miles from Houston , yet offers a tropical experience at affordable prices.  Take advantage of mid-week hotel values by staying Sunday through Thursday and receive the benefits of vacationing with fewer tourists.  Visiting during the week has plenty of perks besides less traffic. How about less of a wait for tickets into Moody Gardens, your choice of seats at the IMAX or scale the slide line faster at Schlitterbahn?

 

If you’re keeping to a tight budget or just want the dollars to go as far as they can, Galveston offers a long list of free fun on the Island . See what’s wild in Galveston at the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility, where wild sea turtles are researched and raised. Step into the other side of wild at the Mardi Gras Museum in the Historic Downtown District. Walk or ride a bike on the longest sidewalk in America , Seawall Boulevard . Plan it well and you can catch the most beautiful sunrise. Head to The Strand to check out the many shops, art galleries and restaurants but be sure not to miss fudge and taffy making at La King’s Confectionery.  While you are on The Strand compete against family and friends at a game of giant chess in Saengerfest Park . Do all this and more for FREE.

 

Craving four star quality cuisine with two star pricing?  Check out local favorite restaurants such as La Estación featuring giant breakfast burritos before heading to the beach. Lunch at the tourist attraction the locals have loved for decades, Star Drug Store offers delicious milkshakes and hamburgers that keep you wanting more. Galvestonians are pleased with the new renovations of Millers and recommend diving into the great shrimp platters. Other local favorites are Shrimp N’ Stuff, Mosquito Café and DiBellas covering all types of cuisine.   

 

Since you saved on your hotel during the week, take time to visit a few of the best attractions on Galveston Island . Discover Galveston ’s unique personality by learning its history and survival of the Great Storm of 1900. Stop by Pier 21 for a short film on the unnamed hurricane that took the lives of over 6,000 people. Tour the Broadway Beauties; Bishops Palace, Ashton Villa, and Moody Mansion to see how life was lived before and after the storm. The Lone Star Flight Museum holds the largest collection of restored historic war planes and offers flights on a select few like the B-52.  Looking for more adventure? Spend the day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark or Moody Gardens , where you can meet at penguin at the aquarium and a explore a tropical rainforest.