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Galveston is the perfect spot for a wide variety of exciting activities for those who enjoy an active lifestyle
Vacationing on Galveston Island often means fun in the sun and surf, cold drinks, and tasty eats. But enjoying a little island time doesn’t always have to mean lazing around for hours on end!
Whether you’re a walker or runner, you don’t want to miss this fun approach to history and fitness. Galveston Running Tours is a locally owned business that provides a 5k and 10k running or walking tour of Galveston Island. The tour is intended to exhibit a macro view of Galveston Island’s rich historical significance to Texas, the U.S., and the world - all while getting in a great workout!
Interested in a specific subject of history? Tours can be customized to fit your distance and historical significance needs. Run back in time and book your tour here.
Nothing says relaxation like deep stretches, cool sea breezes, and the sound of crashing waves. Rise with the sun and greet the day with an invigorating yoga session on the beach. SUP Gulf Coast offers Yoga on the Beach every Saturday at Sunrise with friends from the Yoga Haven. After Yoga, grab a paddleboard or surfboard and venture out to see the dolphins or enjoy the waves.
At more than 10 miles long, Galveston’s seawall is the nation’s longest continuous sidewalk and is a great spot for your daily run, walk, jog, skate or bicycle ride with its scenic view of the Gulf of Mexico.
It also makes the island a popular destination for marathons, triathlons and other races. In spring, the island hosts the annual Ironman 70.3 Texas triathlon involving some of the finest athletes in the world.
Artist Boat is an organization dedicated to the preservation of marine environments. They aim to promote awareness of coastal margins and the marine environment through the arts and science. Artist Boat also includes connecting people to the Gulf Coast environments through mind-opening experiences and expanding engagement and interest in preservation in their mission.
Book your first Public Eco-Art Kayak Adventure with Artist Boat and get outdoors while learning about the environment you are in.
Challenge your agility, balance and strength at Moody Gardens as you encounter the Gulf Coast's tallest five-tier Sky Trail Explorer Ropes Course and new Zip Line. Ranging from Criss-Cross Tight Ropes to Burma Buckets, the 71-foot Ropes Course is filled with 48 fascinating obstacles. Thrill seekers can then glide 60 feet in the air on the Moody Gardens Zip Line for an aerial view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and tropical gardens.
If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, head west to the Galveston Island State Park— a great place for kayaking, birding and nature exploration. After recently undergoing a $10 million renovation, the park is back open and better than ever. Offering access to the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay, the 1,200-acre state park hosts many examples of barrier island habitats explored easily from the beach or by walking trails.
The park also offers free, regularly scheduled activities, including kayak tours, beach and surf explorations, bird walks, nature field trips and fishing clinics.
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Dr. Hal Needham
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by Visit Galveston
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by Turtle Island Restoration Network
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