5 Reasons to Visit Galveston Island This Summer

You don’t need a real reason to head to the coast during the Texas summer – the cool breezes and sparkling Gulf waters are usually enticements enough.

But, in case you are looking for a little extra motivation, here are five new excuses to head to Galveston Island this vacation season.

Beach dune and sea wall

pictured: Galveston Beach

East Beach

East Beach Cantina and Rentals is a brand-new concessionaire that offers beach fare food and drinks and beach-side food and beverage service, chair, umbrella and cabana rentals. They also have all your beach must-haves like sunscreen, boogie boards and more available for purchase.

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Other beaches along Galveston's vast shoreline offer other excellent services, such as helicopter rides, snow cones, chairs/umbrellas and more. Seawall beaches have ample fun opportunities ranging from jetski rentals to stand up paddleboarding!

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If you love turtles, you’ll have the chance to see plenty of them in Galveston this summer – and on land at that! The island’s new public art tour, Turtles About Town, showcases 20+ different turtle monuments painted by local and national artists.

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You can spot these gigantic turtles at various locations throughout the island's downtown, neighborhoods and beachfront. The project was created as a partnership with Galveston's Clay Cup Studios and the Turtle Island Restoration Network to raise awareness about the endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtles that call the Gulf and its shores home.

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Galveston’s beaches have gotten bigger, which means you’ll have more areas to play in the sand and soak up the sun. Babe’s Beach, located along the seawall from 61st to 83rd streets, went through a multi-million-dollar makeover.

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The beach nourishment project was completed in 2019 and is a joint project of the Galveston Park Board, City of Galveston, Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, there are plenty of beach events you don’t want to miss at Galveston’s other beach parks, including sandcastle building lessons and family challenges at Stewart Beach throughout the summer.

Galveston is known as nature and bird-lovers paradise, and this summer, you can experience new ways to explore the island's 32-miles of coastline.

4. New Ways to Explore Nature

Start at The East End Lagoon Nature Preserve, which recently opened a new nature trail, complete with interpretive signage. The trail, which is ADA-compliant, allows visitors to better explore the lagoon’s 684 acres of the coastal prairie – a prime location to kayak or spot some of the 200-plus species of birds that travel through or reside on the island throughout the year. Next, head west to the Galveston Island State Park, offering new Beach and bay exploration hikes and turtle patrols led by a state park naturalist on select dates throughout the summer. For information, click here.

Tuna boys

5. Hit the Seas with a Galveston Fishing Charter

Galveston offers something for everyone with a rod, a reel, and a love of angling from the bay to blue-water, trout to tuna. There are bait and tackle shops and marinas to store your boat and charter services that send you home with a great haul and plenty of fish tales. Visit Galveston's Fishing Trip Advisor page to check out the options, browse reviews and ultimately book your next fishing excursion!

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Posted 9/14/2020
by Visit Galveston

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The Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (GICVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island, Texas.