Fun Things to Do on the Cheap
Nothing says the beach like salt-water taffy, and there’s no better place to watch taffy-making than at La King’s Confectionery (2323 Strand St., 409-762-6100). Originally the 1920s brainchild of James H. King, the shop was reborn as an oldfashioned candy maker by King’s son in 1976, using 19th-century recipes and methods to turn out some of the best treats you’ll ever taste. Its kitchen offers daily demonstrations at peak times of the season. Don’t miss the free samples often tossed to onlookers by the candy maker.
Watching taffy-making is just one of the many free or inexpensive ways to entertain your family on the island. Visitors who plan ahead can reserve a free Galveston Turtle Tour (409-766-3500, galvestonlab.sefsc.noaa.gov/seaturtles), a very popular attraction that takes place Thursdays only. Learn about the National Marine Fisheries Service’s sea turtle recovery program (Galveston hosts the largest such facility in the world) and see hatchlings in their turtle barn.
On first Saturdays of the month throughout the summer, bring your chairs and blankets to Saengerfest Park (2302 Strand St.) on The Strand to watch free movies under the stars, or catch free live concerts on the second Saturday. Take the free, 20-minute Bolivar Ferry (1 Ferry Rd., 409-795-2230) between Galveston and Port Bolivar and partake of a time-honored tradition, dolphin-watching. And no visit to the island would be complete without a stroll down Seawall Blvd., the longest continuous sidewalk in America. That too won’t cost you a penny.
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