Island Fun, Food and Frolicking
Galveston continues to be a weekend favorite for many Houstonians and visitors, thanks to its historic roots, beachy vibes and easy access. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s less than an hour’s drive south of Houston and is brimming with tons of things to do.
The city of Galveston boasts 32 miles of sandy beaches, all of which are open year-round for recreation, which is perfect for Houston weather. Aside from the beaches and shopping the island is known for, there is so much more to do and see on the island, and a lot of new restaurants and attractions being added regularly.
Come to Galveston to Play
If waterparks are your thing, you have to check out the world’s tallest water coaster, MASSIV, which is now at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. Schlitterbahn, which has an indoor and outdoor section for year-round water fun, is a happening spot for families to visit and it has a ton of attractions the whole family can enjoy.
If you’re traveling with kids or looking for kid-friendly activities, another highlight on the island is the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park with 16 fun rides located over the Gulf of Mexico.
Moody Gardens is one of the most popular family-friendly attractions that practically all the locals has not only heard of, but experienced at least a few times, especially over the holidays, where it is lit up and decorated like something right out of a movie.
Moody Gardens is a family adventure-style resort and is a unique piece of paradise. And if your paradise includes a links-style, par-72 golf course with beautiful views of the Bay, then you’re in luck! If you’re a golfer, make sure to make a tee time, as it books up fast.
Earlier this year, the island added Hendley Green Park – a relaxing place to visit after strolling through all the shops in historic downtown Galveston, which is a must see for anyone in the area. Hendley Green Park includes a central lawn for outdoor recreation (perfect for a fabulous picnic and even some tables and umbrellas).
The food options (and not just seafood) are plentiful and delicious, scattered all throughout the island.
Come to Galveston to Stay
There are quite a few options in Galveston when it comes to hotels, including Hotel Galvez and Spa, the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. You can also check out The San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center, which is a 32-acre beachfront hotel and spa or The Tremont House, which is an island boutique-style hotel located in the heart of downtown, with a unique rooftop bar. You can also check out the famed Moody Gardens Hotel, which is a popular spot for visitors, and has been for many years. The island boasts a ton of other hotels and even some quaint and friendly bed and breakfasts, which make for a memorable stay.