Galveston Island is the “go-to” destination for Memorial Day Weekend for many families and visitors. While the beach is typically part of every visit to Galveston, especially in warm weather, here are five picks that you should add to your itinerary:
1. NEW: Texas Pedal Tours is a new way to explore Galveston. Options include A Taste of Galveston & The World, A.M. Exercise, Pedal & Shop Til You Drop, and others along with Private Tours. Texas Pedal Tours departs from Pier 21 and operates Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekday tours are $25 per person and weekend tours are $35. Tours must be scheduled at least two hours before tour times.
2. NEW: Island Treasure Hunts launches this weekend with three scavenger hunts that highlight different areas of Galveston. Current tours are Scavenger on The Strand (Strand, Tremont, Pier 21), Hysterical Historical Hunt (Postoffice, Mansions, Strand), and Seawall Stroll (Hotel Galvez, Pleasure Pier, Seawall). Tours range from $14.95 to $19.95 per download. Participants download their choice to their device to explore on their own by foot, bike or another mode of transportation.
3. Jet Boat Thrill Rides and Cruise-In-Time operated by Suntime Watersports offers an exhilarating tour on its jet boat or eco-tour and sunset cruises on its custom built tour boat. Jet Boat Thrill Rides are $30 per person, 1-hour eco-tours are $12 for adults and $8 for children (12 and under) and the 2-hour sunset cruise are $25 for adults and $15 for children. All excursions depart from Pier 21.
4. Capt. Hal Newsom’s Airboat Tours of Galveston Bay. Take a tour aboard the Gator Getter, a 450 horsepower airboat and see the unspoiled beauty of Galveston Bay. Tours are available by appointment only. The 1 to 1 1/2-hour, 25-mile round trip tour is $65 for adults and $35 for children (under 10). Call 409.632.0089 for details and 281.543.2328 for a reservation. The tours depart from Jamaica Beach.
5. Artist Boat allows visitors to explore Galveston via kayak. Public kayak tours are $50 per person for 3- and 4-hour kayak adventures with an art lesson and $25 per person for a 2-hour tour. Check their calendar for times and departure locations which include East End Lagoon and the Galveston State Park.
These five picks will give you some new ideas on how to explore Galveston Island.
Book your room at one of these Galveston hotels and plan your next vacation on the Texas Gulf Coast.
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel overnight guests downtown.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.