Galveston is a city on Galveston Island, off the Texas Gulf Coast. Although overshadowed by Houston, Galveston remains an important point of entry for almost all the cruise ships with ports of call in Texas. Plus many Houstonians have beach houses in Galveston and grab any chance for a weekend on the beach. Here are some of the top things to do in Galveston.
A day at the Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens is a non-profit public educational destination, perfect for families and groups. The kids can see the wildlife in natural habitats. The aquarium and the rainforest pyramid can be visited and offer a quick glimpse into the natural habitat of animals. The attractions include two theaters, a museum and a boat ride. Or you can enjoy some time on the beach. Day passes for all attractions cost $36.95 (web only).
Take a walk in the city
The city is small enough so that you can walk to most of the places. Particularly interesting are the walks in the historic district, the Strand, and the Harborside district.
Warbird rides at the Lone Star Flight Museum
The museum displays more than 40 historically significant aircraft and many hundreds of artifacts related to the history of flight. The collection is rare because most of the aircrafts are flyable. Visitors can experience the thrill of historic aviation as the museum offers bomber and trainer flight experiences in its B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, T-6 Texan and PT-17 Stearman. Admission to the museum costs $8.00 for adults
A ride on Bolivar Ferry
There’s a ferry between Galveston Island and Bolivar Island. The ride is just 25 minutes but the waiting times can be quite long during busy summer weekends. The views are definitely worth it though and sometimes you can spot wildlife as well.
Enjoy a day on the beach
A vacation in Galveston is not complete without spending at least a day at the beach. There are several beaches in Galveston to choose from, depending on your preferences. East Beach is the coolest and biggest beach in Texas, famous for the beach parties and live bands. Palm Beach at Moody Gardens is a good choice for the families with kids. Stewart Beach is also offering family-oriented events, including sandcastle competitions.
Tour the island
Galveston is definitely a hidden treasure, very well preserved, which offers traditional Texan hospitality and natural beauty. One of the best ways to explore the area is to take one of the organized sightseeing tours. You can see dolphins in their natural habitat and admire the beautiful views of Seawolf Park and the Bolivar Lighthouse. Self-guided tours are also available, especially if you plan to visit the historic district.
It’s not the best policy to advise the visitors to get out and explore more areas around the cities they visit, but there are quite a lot of interesting places to see near-by Galveston which are totally worth your time. The Galveston Island State Park is a short drive away from the city of Galveston and offers a lot of places to visit and things to do. Or you can go to Surfside, a small city located about 60 miles from Huston which offers 4 miles of beaches.