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This Labor Day Weekend, make the most of the end of the summer season beachside or beyond at one of Galveston Island’s many attractions.
Thanks to COVID, summer 2021 may have imitated the epic movie title, Endless Summer. But, school, work and life are resuming. Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-6, offers a last gasp to embrace the carefree, long, warm days you can spend at the beach in Galveston.
Learn how to create spectacular sandcastles with lessons from professional sandcastle builders during Sandcastle Days on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 11AM, 1PM and 3PM at Stewart Beach. Registration is not required for the lessons and equipment will be provided on a limited basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sand buckets and shovels.
If you’re more of an athlete than an artist, consider participating in the Galveston Family Beach Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 11AM to 3PM. Here, participants will complete among 14 stations that include giant battleships, huge bean bags, giant Jenga and limbo. The winners will receive $2,000 in prizes including cash and attraction passes!
Join the Bucket Brigade in exploring the creatures and features that make Galveston beaches unique. Tours are educational and fun for ocean lovers of all ages. Hands-on activities investigate topics including Galveston’s turbid water, marine debris, seaweed, and more. The beach tours take place at Stewart Beach and are offered on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5 and last approximately 45 minutes.
Dive into the oceans of the world to visit one of the largest aquariums in the Southwest. This 1.5-million-gallon aquarium is teeming with creatures from tuxedo-clad penguins, to seals, sharks, an amazing Jellyfish Gallery and thousands of tropical fish and more with new and interactive opportunities all along the way. It's a fun and awe-inspiring experience and is wonderfully complemented with conservation messages that underscore the vital importance of the oceans.
As you enter through a tree-top canopy entrance, you'll visit the rainforests of Asia, Africa and the Americas in a rare, up-close and interactive adventure with over 1,700 exotic plants and endangered animals that range from Giant Amazon River Otters to an ocelot, Komodo dragons and other reptiles. Saki monkeys, Cotton-top tamarins, and sloths roam freely while an array of birds fly between the trees as you walk the trails through the spacious enclosure!
Climb aboard the Colonel Paddlewheeler Boat at Moody Gardens! They offer weekend cruises and dinner cruises for folks looking to live the high-life on a replica of an 1800s paddlewheel boat. Cruises are weather and wind permitting! Please note: boarding begins 30 mins prior to sail, gates close 10 mins prior to sail.
Moody Gardens is wrapping up a summer of fun with the last day to enjoy Palm beach being Monday, September 6th (Labor Day). Until then, guests can still enjoy the white sand beach on weekends from 9AM to 6PM. Hotel guests and Moody Gardens members receive discounted tickets to Palm Beach.
Immerse yourself as this amazing giant-screen 4k 6-primary laser projection system, state-of-the-art surround sound and the largest screens in Texas provide one the best 3D viewing experiences in the world. The possibilities are endless at Moody Gardens!
The heartbeat of the island can be found in its downtown. Home to official designations including the Strand Historic District, the Downtown Cultural Arts District and the Historic Strand Seaport area, here you’ll find historic architecture, family attractions, locally-owned restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, performance venues and more. Be sure to stroll along Postoffice Street home to The Grand 1894 Opera House and a collection of art galleries and antique shops. An active port lies nearby, just across Harborside Drive. Here, fishing boats make their way to sea at dawn to bring their fresh hauls to island restaurants.
Galveston Island has a deep history connected to hurricanes. The Great Galveston Storm of 1900 came ashore the night of Sept 8, 1900, with an estimated strength of a Category 4 and remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
To commemorate this and other hurricane-related events in Galveston, join us the week of September, 4-12, 2021 for specially curated talks, tours and more! Full details coming soon.
Renowned climate scientist, hurricane expert Dr. "Hurricane Hal" Needham's popular hurricane tour is now available as a Bus Tour with incredible photos, video and amazing stories of Galveston's long hurricane history. This tour runs daily from Galveston Experience Company.
On September 13, 2008. Hurricane Ike covered most of Galveston Island in a tidal surge. The damage uprooted many of the city's trees and ultimately led to the demise of thousands. Where many saw dead trees and waste after the storm, artists saw an opportunity to showcase signs of rejuvenation.
If you haven’t been to Galveston lately, now is the perfect time to experience some of the island's unique attractions – at a price you can't refuse. The Galveston Island Pass is your key to adventure and savings while exploring the numerous attractions that make Galveston so special.
The Galveston Island Pass is sold exclusively here at GalvestonIslandPass.com. Select four or more participating attractions and save 40% off the retail price. Passes are valid 30 days after purchase.
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Kristen Vale
by Visit Galveston
by Dr. Hal Needham
by Visit Galveston