It’s the last time you’ll have a three-day weekend until the holiday season so here’s some tips to have a great Labor Day Weekend in Galveston.
1. Don’t wait until the last minute to book your hotel room.
• If you want a beachfront hotel, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa.
• If you want to stay in the heart of downtown Galveston, book your stay at The Tremont House.
• If you want to enjoy of view of the harbor and activities at Pier 21, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.
2. If you plan to eat out, remember to try to make a reservation in advance. Several Galveston restaurants use OpenTable including Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez. You can use OpenTable to make your reservation for Galvez Sunday Brunch, which is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3. Schedule your itinerary around some of the events that are part of Labor Day Weekend in Galveston.
• After a long day in the sun, pack some lawn chairs, pick up dinner at your hotel or a Galveston favorite and save your spot at Saengerfest Park, 23rd & Strand, for Movie Nite on The Strand, September 5th, featuring Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie
• If you need more time on the beach on Sunday, East Beach will offer live music from 3 to 6 p.m. This beach park offers bathrooms, chair and umbrella rentals along with several food and beverage vendors.
• Escape the heat for craft beer at the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival on Sept. 4-6 at Moody Gardens. You’ll have the opportunity to sample a huge variety of craft beer. And, they offer discounted tickets for designated drivers.
4. Fun in the sun suggestions:
• Jet Boat Thrill Rides at Pier 21 offers Jet Boat Thrill Rides beginning at noon on Saturday and Sunday and offers a two-hour sunset cruise at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online and in advance.
• Baywatch Dolphin Tours at Pier 21 operates daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and departs on the hour.
• Artist Boat is offering kayak tours at East End Lagoon 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Coastal Heritage Preserve 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Galveston Island State Park 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. See their website for pricing.
• SUP Gulf Coast offers rentals at 29th & Seawall and operates from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. They offer rentals and lessons.
• Schlitterbahn Water Park, open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
5. Suggested activities to escape the heat:
• Art lovers should explore Galveston’s Art Galleries on Postoffice Street and throughout downtown.
• Historic buffs will enjoy The Bryan Museum, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday; Bishop’s Palace, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday; and Moody Mansion, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
• Science and engineering enthusiasts will appreciate the Ocean Star Offshore Rig and Museum, the one and only place to explore and actual working rig, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Only in Galveston, can you explore an actual offshore drilling rig.
• Explorers should try the Fantastic Galveston Race. This combination sightseeing tour and scavenger hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Let us know what you think.
There are many more attractions to explore than what’s mentioned here so talk to your hotel concierge or front desk staff and ask for recommendations. Remember to first tell them your interests (outdoor recreation, history, family, etc.) which will guide them to make a personalized recommendation. Hotel Galvez, The Tremont House and Harbor House all have Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs) on staff trained and knowledgeable about Galveston.