Here’s our pick for six fun ways to see Galveston and learn the lay of the island.
• Galveston Trolley – The City of Galveston resumed its trolley operations in June and is offering free rides this summer. Trolleys run daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and include seven stops downtown and a ride on 25th Street where riders may transfer to the Seawall Trolley. The Seawall Trolley has stops from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens. For a schedule, visit http://galvestontx.gov/816/Trolley-Information
• Bike Rentals – In addition to beach cruisers and surreys, visitors can now rent electric bikes.
o Zipp E-Bikes, 2311 Mechanic, opened just in time for summer and offers hour, two-hour, half-day and full-day rentals. Hourly rentals start at $20 per hour. They are also offering a guided Island Adventure Tour. The shop is located directly across the street from The Tremont House.
o Island Bicycle, 1808 Seawall Blvd., offers daily bike and surrey rentals. The shop offers a huge selection of bikes and visitors can call in advance to reserve their bikes.
o See our Best Bike Routes blog in Galveston for tips.
• Segway Tours – SegCity Galveston, 519 25th Street, offers a variety of tour options ranging from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours. Participants also have the option to rent a GoPro to record their tour. The website provides a detailed description of the tours and current pricing.
• Duck Tours – Galveston Duck Tours provides a land and water sightseeing tour of Galveston. The tour starts on the Seawall then takes guests on a 15-minute tour in Offatts Bayou. Once it returns on land, the tour continues past Galveston’s historic homes and Strand District.
• Driving Tours - Galveston Historic Tours, 2328 Broadway, offers daily driving tours on a 14-passenger van. The tour departs for the Galveston Visitor Center housed at Ashton Villa. Check their schedule for special monthly tours.
• Helicopter Tours – Galveston Helicopter Tours is an exhilarating way to see Galveston. Tours range from $50 for a beach tour to $150 for a 20-minuted “Around the Island” tour and $175 for a 25-minute sunset tour. Your friends will be jealous.
• Golf Cart Rental – If you plan in advance, Coastal Cruizers Custom Carts, offer golf cart rentals. Reservations should be made a few months in advance during peak season.
All of these options offer visitors a fun way to see Galveston and plan out their tour itinerary.
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.