Why Galveston?

Spending “Island Time” in Galveston is a great idea for so many reasons. Don’t just settle for bathing on Galveston’s sandy beaches and try paddle boarding and kayaking. You will definitely see pods of dolphins swimming and playing in the warm waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. If you are a thrill seeker, visit Schlitterbahn and conquer the tallest water coaster in the world, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark’s MASSIV which is 81 feet above the ground. If you are interested in architecture and like to go for a walk then try to stop by the most prominent grand mansion on the island which is the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. There are so many historic buildings to admire in Galveston, don’t miss the opportunity to explore them.

Downtown Galveston

Your trip to Galveston Island will never be complete without visiting the 70-block historic downtown – a veritable treasure chest of culture, museums, antique shops, art galleries, theaters, chic bars and restaurants.

There is a multitude of museums that showcase the island’s historic past, be sure to pay a visit and learn Galveston’s storied past. While venturing downtown, make sure to stop for a bite or refreshments at Zaza Bar & Bites, O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Sky Bar, Rudy & Paco or in Mod Coffee.

Moody’s Garden and Island Hotels

Experience life at Moody Gardens! Watch sharks, seals, stingrays and playing penguins in the Aquarium Pyramid. Thrill seekers can enjoy the five-tier Sky Trail Ropes Course with a round trip on the Zip Line, play golf and enjoy an hour-long cruise on a replica 1800’s paddlewheel boat.

In addition, a rare and endangered species called Pygmy Slow Loris, gave birth to two small loris twins in the Nocturnal Exhibit of the Rainforest Pyramid, the first such birth at Moody Gardens since 2011 and a delightful event you surely need to look at. According to Moody Gardens, the loris has become endangered because of habitat loss and because of the unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade.

Galveston Island offers a wide variety to activities, attractions and accommodations you and your family will definitely love. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will help you to plan the perfect vacation you’ll surely love.

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