By M.L.R. Brownlow
Only minutes away from Houston, Galveston Island’s beautiful coastline stretches 32 miles long with luxury hotels, fancy restaurants, and tons of shopping centers, and is known to attract nearly 250,000 visitors at one time. Galveston Beach has been called the “beautifully preserved hidden treasure of the Lone Star State.”
The city’s traditional tourist destinations include its historic homes and museums,Moody Gardens located at One Hope Boulevard and its Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids, the 4D Special FX Theater, and IMAX 3D Theater and in recent years, Galveston’s greatest attraction has been the advent of cruising. Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines all have made a home in the Port of Galveston.
The Galveston Island Ferry, located on Hwy 87 (Ferry Road), continues to be a popular island attraction. The ferry service offers an 18 minute tour of Port Bolivar, the Port of Houston, which is the nation’s largest inland port, waterway channel for commerce. Free of charge, you can park and ride or drive your vehicle onto the ferry. The ships can hold up to 70 vehicles and 500 passengers.
It is a great time of year for leisure or sport fishing; the flounder run to the Gulf from the bay when the weather begins to cool.
Galveston is a resort destination, beautiful any time of year with its semi-tropical temperatures allowing tourists to continue to enjoy outdoor activities like water sports, fishing, and even horseback riding.
S–n–G Horseback Riding welcomes novices and experts to ”take a break from the stress of work and city life for a relaxing horseback ride.” They are located at 17300 FM 3005 in Galveston, TX, and offer guided trail-rides Monday thru Sunday 8am – 8pm at two scenic locations: on the beach or on the beautiful private bay.
They are now offering riding instructions and a romantic sunrise and moonlight beach ride for couples. Make reservations at 409-457-2159 or 409-457-1465 or visit their website www.snghorsebackriding.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also enjoy fishing at Seawolf Park, located on Pelican Island. It is a great time of year for leisure or sport fishing; the flounder run to the Gulf from the bay when the weather begins to cool. Tourists recommend The Baywatch Dolphin Tours and rate it “a solid five stars.”
It is located along the Strand at 2101 Harborside Dr., Galveston, TX 77550 and is open Monday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm. The boat offers inside and outside seating, and is safe for riders of all ages.
Reviewers say the Captain complements the boat and the tour of the city undoubtedly. At an affordable $10 a person, previous guests assure you will see at least one dolphin for every dollar spent. This amazing adventure is worth every penny. For more information, call (832) 859-4557 or visit www.baywatchdolphintours.com.
Galveston, although stretched wide with plenty of water and sand, is home to two private waterparks. Schlitterbahn located at 2026 Lockheed Road, another kid-friendly adventure, is a convertible waterpark with closeable sections allowing visitors to enjoy the facility year round. Moody Gardens Palm Beach is not only for children, providing 18-foot tower slides, spray fountains, and a wave pool, but allows guests to also enjoy a private beach with blue water, white sand, and a Texas-sized spa.
For more information, contact the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau at 888-GAL-ISLE (425-4753)
Galveston is an amazing island packed full of attractions and activities and offers everything from luxury accommodations to entertainment to romance. Galveston allows residents and guests to enjoy the simple things that make life worth living, offering something grand for everyone, because as you know, everything is big in Texas. Enjoy travel at its best by exploring all the entities a city has to offer.