For the first time ever, Tall Ships America will bring its TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series of Tall Ships® to the Gulf of Mexico and its first stop is Galveston Island, Texas. Here are our tips for Tall Ships Galveston® April 5 – April 8, 2018.
1. Festival tickets – You will need to purchase festival tickets to gain access to tour the ships. Festival tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 7-12). Festival and onboard ship tour tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
2. Festival hours – The festival area is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Onboard ship tours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. Festival fun – The festival area at Pier 21 will include food trucks, live entertainment and craft beer pubs. There will also be entertainment at Saengerfest Park, 23rd & Strand, and Hendley Green, 20th & Strand.
4. Parade of Sail – Arrive in Galveston by Thursday afternoon and catch the Parade of Sail along the beachfront. All six ships will sail from East Beach to 35th and Seawall and back on Thursday. Travel Tip: The ships are scheduled to depart at 1 p.m. so plan ahead and get a good spot to watch. Hotel Galvez & Spa is hosting a Watch Party from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. so check in early for the fun.
5. Transportation – If you are a guest at Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House take advantage of the Galveston Trolley. The trolley will run its standard routes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The cost is $1 per person (cash only).
6. Parking – if you are driving in for the day only, there is general festival paid parking with a scheduled shuttle at 3402 Seawall ($20 per car, per day) and Stewart Beach ($12 per car, per day). Parking opens at 9 a.m. daily. There are also two downtown parking garages – 21st Street & Market (entrance between Market and Mechanic) and 25th & Strand. Festival rates are typically charged.
Where to Stay:
• Hotel Galvez & Spa is just a mile from the festival. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown or catch the Galveston Trolley.
• For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House. The Tremont House is just a short walk to the festival or hop on the trolley.