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Did you know that taking a spring break is good for your health?
Plus, if you're enjoying spring break with your family, you're also creating memories you'll treasure.
pictured: Galveston's expansive beaches.
Like most island destinations, spring break is all about sunshine, beaches, and family-friendly fun, which is why you'll love Galveston as your pick for a spring getaway.
East Beach, Stewart Beach, Seawall Beach Urban Park, Beach Pocket Parks, and the Galveston Island State Park offer plenty of options for beachgoers. And, there's also beach access on the west end of the island. You'll find a beach chair and umbrella rentals scattered along the beaches at the beach parks or bring your gear. Remember, if you're planning to play in the surf, always choose a location near a lifeguard and take note of the flags on the lifeguard stands for tips on the surf. Galveston Beach Patrol stations lifeguards at East Beach, Stewart Beach, and the Seawall while other areas have a roving patrol.
Galveston and High Island are the first pieces of land the birds encounter after departing the Yucatan Peninsula and flying nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico. We recommend birding at Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve. Texas Parks & Wildlife offers a Galveston Loop with suggested stops as part of the Upper Texas Coast - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Remember to bring your binoculars and keep your voice down, so you don't spook the birds.
Spring is crawfish season on the Gulf Coast, so make sure you add this to your dining itinerary. Local picks for boiled crawfish include these locally-owned stops: Benno’s Cajun Seafood Restaurant on Seawall, Cajun Greek on 61st Street and Huli Huli Hut on 19th Street.
Click this card to be see the best crawfish spots in Galveston Island.
The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a must during spring break. Choose from 16 rides, a midway filled with games and food, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Our favorite rides include the Galaxy Ferris Wheel and the Iron Shark. The Iron Shark takes you on a slow one-hundred-foot climb that pauses briefly then drops you at fifty-two miles per hour into loops and more. Check their website for special events like outdoor movies on the pier.
Keep in mind, the interior temperature and humidity are set to reflect that of a Rainforest, which is why we recommend this as your first stop. It's an incredible experience. You'll see the plants and animals of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Then cool off at the MG 3D Theater. The theater features 2D and 3D movies on one of the largest screens in Texas. Next up, make your way to the Aquarium Pyramid and explore the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, and the Caribbean. Allocate a little extra time to watch the seals and the penguins. Check the schedule for feeding times.
Tip: Moody Gardens offers special private animal encounters for an additional ticket. Make sure to schedule these encounters in advance.
These suggestions are just a sampling of things to do during your visit to Galveston Island. Make sure you include time to explore Galveston’s historic downtown for shopping and dining.
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Clayton Kolavo
by Kristen Vale