Spring Break 2016

photo of a couple on the beach

1. Sea Turtle Tour in Galveston

Every Thursday, the National Marine Fisheries Service's Galveston Sea Turtle Facility offers free tours by appointment! The tour includes a video describing some of the research that is conducted at the facility, as well a walk through of the exhibits to see the loggerhead sea turtles that live there in captivity. You can book your tour online at www.galvestonlab.sefsc.noaa.gov !

2. Railroad Museum in Galveston

If you or your children love trains, then this is the place for you. Located at the head of The Strand, the Railroad Museum is home to one of the largest restored train collections in the southwestern United States.Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children over 4 years old and free for kids 3 years and under. The museum also offers rides aboard the Harborside Expression Saturdays from 11-2!

3. Austin Nature and Science Center in Austin

For the outdoors and nature loving families, the Austin Nature and Science Center offers a wide variety of free exhibits and activities for the budget conscious. From learning about poisonous animals, to hearing how a paleontologist puts together pieces of a dinosaur, to exploring the solar system in the planetarium, the Nature and Science Center offers something for everyone.

4. Art Walk in Galveston Spring Break on a Budget

Spring is coming! This year spring arrives on March 20, and with that comes the planning of the yearly spring break trip. If you're looking forward to some fun in the sun but don't want to break the bank while you're at it, we've put together a list of budget friendly activities right here in Texas that will help to ensure that you get the most out of your trip without emptying your savings account.

Every six weeks, the Galveston Arts Center hosts a free art walk downtown where the art galleries open their doors to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. You can walk through the galleries and view the art, as well as enjoy live entertainment and refreshments. Check out http://www.galveston.com/artwalk/ to see when the next free event is happening!

5. The Thinkery Children's Museum in Austin

Opened in its new location in 2013, The Thinkery offers exhibits and programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). They offer a community night on Wednesdays from 4-8 pm, where the admission is by donation. Even if you cannot make it for the community night,admission $9 a person and free for children under 2!

6. Taffy Demonstration at La Kings Confectionery in Galveston

Built in 1976 in Galveston, La Kings Confectionery is an old fashioned confectionery that uses 19th century formulas and methods to whip up tasty treats for their customers. They are well known in the area for their delicious saltwater taffy, which you can view being made in store from Wednesday through Sunday. After the hour long demonstration, you can also try free samples!