Experience

***When you book with us for Galveston you get a free ticket to each activity each day!!!***

No trip to Galveston Island is complete without visiting the Historic Downtown, Strand & Seaport. Once known as the “Wall Street of the Southwest”, Galveston’s famed avenue, The Strand, anchors the historic downtown. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its outstanding collection of 19th century architecture, today The Strand is the heart of a vibrant downtown and waterfront offering shopping, dining, museums, entertainment, accommodations and nightlife. Wear your walking shoes, because the 70+block historic downtown has much more to offer beyond The Strand, and it’s all within walking distance!

Galveston Points of Interest:

  • Tour historical mansions
  • Explore shopping on The Strand
  • Enjoy the beach
  • Spend the day at Moody Gardens or Schlitterbahn
  • Take in a show, enjoy museums or listen to live music
  • Historic Pier, Go Karts & Much More!
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Explore Galveston’s History and Mansions

Use this Link  for a driving tour of the ‘Best of Galveston Architecture’ and ‘Lost Oaks of Galveston’.

 

Due to prosperity enjoyed by Galveston in the late 1800’s there are a number of mansions throughout the town, many of which can be toured.  You’ll find these mansions to be meticulously restored…and a few may surprise you with stories of being haunted.

Beautiful Homes – Silk Stockings District – Driving through town you’ll notice hundreds of century old homes that have been restored or are in the process of being restored.  Many homeowners go through great effort to restore these beautiful homes back to their original design.  Many streets are filled with houses that remind you of the prominence Galveston once enjoyed at the turn of the 20th century.

Tree Sculptures – Video About Sculptures – After Hurricane Ike hit Galveston in 2008, thousands of oak trees died due to standing salt water.  Artists were hired to create sculptures out of the tree trunks.

 

Explore shopping on The Strand

Known for it’s incredible 19th century architecture, The Strand hosts buildings that date back as far as 1855, when the area was known as the “Wall Street of the South”.  After the Hurricane of 1900 the area became a warehouse district and it wasn’t until the 1960’s that the area was revived and restored through private investment, eventually being added to the ‘List of America’s Most Endangered Places’ in 2009.

Enjoy the Beach

Surf Conditions – Link – Weather, Tides, Predicted Wind and Surf Height


Golf Cart Rentals / Kayaks / Bicycles / Boards / Fishing – K6 Island Sports – the rental source for all of your outdoor needs. We are conveniently located in Jamaica Beach on Galveston’s West End and we deliver to all locations on Galveston Island for free.

Rent a boat or schedule a ride – Galveston Water Adventures – Enjoy a rental on a 2015 SunTracker Party Barge; take an eco-tour to see Dolphins and marine life, enjoy a sunset cruise or custom private party aboard a custom built tour boat; take a 20 minute wild-ride on their jetboat.


 

Extreme Flyboarding and Hoverboarding – Extreme Watersports – The Flyboard is a 1000 gallons of water per minute at over 60 PSI and almost 400 pounds of lift of pure adrenaline pumping, heart pounding, eye catching fun! And no one brings the level of Flyboard flight excitement quite like we do here at Extreme Water Sports!


Surf / Skate Lessons and Rentals – Ohana Surf and Skate – Private, Semi-Private and Group Lessons Available…along with rentals!

Spend the day at Moody Gardens or Schlitterbahn

So many things to see and do at Moody Gardens, it’s impossible to describe it all and certainly not something you can cover in a day.

Moody Gardens Website

One highlight for us is walking through the rainforest and interacting directly with the various animals that live right inside the exhibit.  No cages or glass separating you from monkeys, birds and reptiles.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about the rainforest and experience some of these creatures up close.

If you’re up for an adventure and don’t mind heights, the Rope Course and Zip Lining is something to put on your list.  It’s a five-tier 81-foot Sky Trail®Ropes Course, the tallest Steel Ropes Course on the Gulf Coast, with Criss-Cross Tight Ropes, Burma Buckets and 48 obstacles for everyone in the family to enjoy.  You can choose your path and pace, with the ability to pass others at each platform.

 

Children between the ages of 2 through 7 can even take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes™ Ropes Course that is appropriate for those who are 48 inches and under. The open course design allows for easy parent participation for any level of assistance needed. Parents can walk along side their child or simply step back and watch the smiles grow.

You can’t pass up the opportunity to cool down in the lazy river and enjoy all the amenities of the Palm Beach Water Park.  Between the 5ft wave pool, 18ft enclosed tower slides, splashpad with automatic dump buckets, sandy beach area and the 650ft lazy river, everyone has something to help make a splash or just relax.  Don’t forget to hang around on Friday and Saturday night for live music and fireworks. Some of the free amenities of the park include: lounge chairs, shady umbrellas, volleyball courts, restrooms and showers.

 

Moody Gardens Website

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark has grown to become a family tradition. Pack a picnic and join us as we celebrate 10 years of water, fun, and family! Longer rides, more thrilling slides, free parking, and free tubes are just some of the reasons to make a visit to Schlitterbahn Galveston a tradition for your family too.

The summer season offers over 35 amazing rides and attractions, including a large wave pool, uphill water coasters, thrilling speed slides, kid’s water playgrounds, whitewater rapids, relaxing hot tubs, family raft rides, the Boogie Bahn surf ride and the exclusive Transportainment® river system. In the spring and fall, the park is transformed into an indoor waterpark. – Schlitterbahn – The indoor season features four twisting tube slides, three high-speed body slides, three areas for kids, a tidal wave river, a wave-action beach and a surfing ride!

 


Take in a Show, Browse Museums or Enjoy some Music

The Grand – 1894 Grand Opera House – The Grand is one of the few remaining theaters of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand “The Official Opera House of Texas.”


Pier 21 Harbor House – Pier 21 Theater – History comes alive at Pier 21 Theater, which is around the corner from Harbor House Hotel & Marina. Three short films play on a daily basis. Topics range from the 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galveston Island to the area’s pirate past to the more than 133,000 immigrants who arrived seeking a better life. Families with kids, history buffs and everyone in between will be drawn to these well-done documentaries.

 


Explore Offshore Drilling – Ocean Star Tour – Visitors to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center enjoy experiencing the offshore industry first-hand on an actual retired jack-up drilling rig.

 


Children’s Museum – Galveston Children’s Museum – Explore the Galveston Children’s Museum, located on the first floor of the Moody Mansion on historic Galveston Island.

History – The Bryan Museum – The Bryan Museum houses the largest collection of its kind in the world. 70,000 items, spanning 12,000 years, it includes treasures ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to 21st century pieces – rare German, French, Spanish and English documents, exquisite saddles, spurs, antique firearms, exceptionally rare maps and books, fine art, religious and folk art, portraits, and documents.

 


Historic Aircraft – Lone Star Flight Museum – For 30 years, the Lone Star Flight Museum has honored the extraordinary aviation history of Texas and has been designated as the official Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. We invite everyone to tour our museum and experience some of America’s legendary military aircraft. Our flying collection of historic aircraft and period artifacts provide a unique perspective of the technological development of the aviation industry while serving as a tribute to those who bravely served our country.


Trains – Galveston Railroad Museum – The original mission and purpose of The Galveston Center for Transportation and Commerce was to depict the history of transportation in our State and especially in our community. Primarily this mission was the assembly of the largest collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia (railroadiana), and what is still the largest and finest collection of railroad rolling stock in the southwestern United States.


WWII Tribute – Seawolf Park – Seawolf Park is a living remembrance of the submarines and veterans lost during the World War II era. It was during the Second World War that submarines comprised less than 2 percent of the U.S. Navy, but sank over 30 percent of the Japanese fleet. This includes the sinking of eight aircraft carriers, one of which was sunk by our own USS Cavalla, which is often mistaken for the USS Seawolf, for which the park was named. In fact, during WWII, the U.S. submarine force lost 52 boats and 3,506 men. Theirs was the highest loss of any division of the U.S. military during WWII.

 


Seaport Museum – Elissa – Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum also tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Look for ancestors with a one-of-a-kind computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, “‘The Ellis Island of the West”‘. Join the Museum’s staff and volunteers as they bring the past to life through special exhibits and educational programs.


Pirates – Legends of the Gulf Coast – Long ago pirates roamed the seas of the Atlantic and the Caribbean, many made their way to the Gulf of Mexico sailing to the Yucatan, and eventually to the shores of Louisiana and Texas. One of the most famous pirates to sail the Gulf also made Galveston his home for a period of time. Jean Lafitte, a Frenchman of questionable values, took New Orleans by storm, help defend our nation under Andrew Jackson’s command in the Battle of New Orleans, then sailed away from the shores of Louisiana settling on a magical island….Galveston. Come join us and learn the legends, myths and stories of the last of the Buccaneers.



Historic Pier, Go Karts & Much More!

Go Dolphin Watching – BayWatch Dolphin Tours – participate in a scheduled trip or charter a boat for your special event

 


Make a Splash – Galveston Duck Tours – Tour Offatt’s Bayou, hit land again and view some of our beautiful 1900’s mansions and the historic downtown Strand shopping district. We will lead you towards some of the best shopping, dining and downtown attractions. On our journey back to the Seawall we pass through the “Silk Stockings” historical homes district.

Go Karts and Batting Cages! – Galveston GoKarts – enjoy a few laps around the track. Galveston Batting Cages – multiple speed pitches…including softball.

An Amusement Park on the Pier – Historic Pleasure Pier – Pleasure Pier is one of the few spots in the world that has this many rides over the water! You’ll be flying over guests on the Pier, soaring over the Gulf of Mexico and anticipating your next ride!

Helicopter Tours of Galveston! – Galveston Helicopters – Galveston Helicopters offers 5 exciting sightseeing tours of the Galveston Area from our Stewart Beach location.

 


Sea Turtle Tours! – Galveston Laboratories – Call 409-766-3500. These tours are very popular and fill up quickly. Because of this, we suggest you plan to make your desired reservation 3-4 months in advance. For safety reasons, there is an age restriction for children attending these tours. Children must be at least 6 years old.

Golfing – Moody Gardens GC – featuring a $16 million comprehensive renovation by the renowned golf course architects of Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course.

Bicycle around the island – Island Bicycle Company – Perfect for touring the entire east end of Galveston Island. The Strand, east end historic district, silk stocking and everything in between.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Island Carriages – relax and take in the views around The Strand.

 

2019 Galveston Events & Festivals:

For details and full events calendar, visit Galveston.com/calendarofevents/.

JULY 4TH PARADE & FIREWORKS
July 4, 2019

SAND CRAB 5K/10K NIGHT RUN
August 17, 2019

33RD ANNUAL AIA SANDCASTLE COMPETITION
August 24, 2019

BREWMASTERS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
August 30 – September 01, 2019

CAPTAIN KID’S TRIATHLON
September 8, 2019

REDFISH RODEO
September 19-21, 2019

ISLAND GIRL TRIATHLON
September 22, 2019

GALVESTON ISLAND SHRIMP FESTIVAL
September 27-28, 2019

BATTLE ON THE BAY FESTIVAL
September 28, 2019

HARVEST MOON REGATTA
October 10-13, 2019

BIKE AROUND THE BAY
October 12-13, 2019

GREEK FESTIVAL
October 12–13, 2019

GRITTY GODDESS 5K FEST
October 13, 2019

22ND ANNUAL ARTOBERFEST
October 19-20, 2019

TOUGHEST 10K CAUSEWAY RUN
October 19, 2019

38TH ANNUAL ISLAND OKTOBERFEST
October 25-26, 2019

SAENGERFEST PARK MINI-MONSTER BASH
October 26, 2019

LONE STAR MOTORCYCLE RALLY
October 31, 2019 – November 3, 2019

VETERANS DAY SALUTE AT SEAWOLF PARK
November 11, 2019

WINTER WONDER ISLAND EVENTS
November 16, 2019 – January 11, 2020

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT MOODY GARDENS
November 16, 2019 – January 11, 2020

ICE LAND AT MOODY GARDENS
November 16, 2019 – January 11, 2020

HOTEL GALVEZ HOLIDAY LIGHTING CELEBRATION
November 29, 2019

DOWNTOWN LANTERNS & LIGHTS
November 30, 2019 – January 1, 2020

VICTORIAN HOMES TOUR
December 6, 2019

46TH ANNUAL DICKENS ON THE STRAND
December 6-8, 2019

HOLIDAY WITH THE CRANES
December 14-15, 2019

SANTA HUSTLE 5K AND HALF MARATHON
December 21-22, 2019

CIRQUE JOYEUX AT MOODY GARDENS
December 20-30, 2019

YAGA’S CHILI QUEST AND BEER FEST
January 17-18, 2020

GALVESTON RESTAURANT WEEK 
January 25-February 9, 2020

MARDI GRAS! GALVESTON
February 14-25, 2020



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