Galveston has been a popular destination for summer for well over a hundred years and this summer there are five new reasons to visit.
1. New Beaches - Galveston completed at $19.5 million beach nourishment project extending from 12th to 61st Streets along what’s considered the Seawall Urban Park area. The project widened beaches by 100 to 150 feet. Beach goers will also enjoy new restrooms with outdoor showers later this year.
2. Moody Gardens Aquarium - Galveston’s Moody Gardens completed a $37 million renovation on its Aquarium Pyramid offering new exhibits including the addition of jellyfish and tropical penguins. Moody Gardens Aquarium features marine life from four regions of the world including the Gulf of Mexico to South Atlantic, the South and North Pacific and the Caribbean. And, yes it’s amazing.
3. Trolleys Return - Galveston’s old-fashioned trolleys have returned offering routes along the seawall and historic downtown. Trolleys will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bonus: It’s free this summer!
4. Free Events & Free Tours – Visitors to Galveston can enjoy free outdoor movies first Saturdays and free concerts second Saturdays at Saengerfest Park, 23rd & Strand, all summer long. Additionally, enjoy a free fireworks show on 37th & Seawall on Sundays at 9pm. and movie night on the Pier at 8:30 p.m. at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
See our Five Free Tours to enjoy in Galveston blog for additional suggestions.
5. Convenience – Galveston Island is just a 50-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Houston. Hobby Airport is 41 miles from Galveston and approximately a 45-minute drive with minimal traffic. Once you are in Galveston, it’s easy to navigate or take the new Trolley to get oriented. Galveston also offers GetMe and Uber.
After a long day of summer sightseeing, venture to The Historic Strand District for shopping, dining and maybe some ice cream at La King’s Confectionery or Hey Mikey’s. Nearby Pier 21 is also a popular spot for dining and offers a view of the harbor.
Where to Stay:
• For a beach view with history and, of course, Sunday Brunch, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel 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, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.