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14 Jan

Three Great Ideas for Winter Fun in Galveston

From Dickens on the Strand and Mardi Gras to shrimp and gumbo festivals, there’s always fun to be found – sometimes where you least expect it. With that in mind, we suggest the following three activities for your consideration.

  • Nature lovers, curious kids, and professional birders all will appreciate the winter birding opportunities provided by a jaunt to Galveston Island State Park. Not only will you see the magnificent Sandhill Cranes in their winter habitat, but also get closeup looks at hawks, ducks, gulls, sandpipers, plovers, curlews, and much more.
  • Bring along your sense of adventure and enjoy the ride on the Port Bolivar Ferry. You’ll see glorious sunrises or sunsets, while dolphins and seagulls swim alongside shrimp boats and giant oil tankers headed to and from the port. Don’t miss a visit to the Bolivar Peninsula for stunning views of both the Bolivar Lighthouse and Fort Travis. 
  • Experience a unique encounter with otters, penguins, and seals at Moody Gardens’ behind-the-scenes animal encounters. Private and public sessions are available with your choice of giant river otters, penguins, or penguins and seals. Learn about conservation and the care of the animals, and join the biologist on the training platform or watch a penguin create a work of art. All proceeds from animal encounters go toward conservation efforts.

Looking to make your stay special? For the best in downtown Galveston accommodations, check into The Tremont House. Beachfront lovers will appreciate the historic comfort of Hotel Galvez & Spa, and Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21 offers lovely harbor views.