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Galveston Island, dubbed the Playground of the Southwest, is one of the top spring break destinations for travelers looking for anything from expansive beaches to exciting attractions, and everything in between.
Every year, Galveston turns into a road trip destination in the month of March, as the island begins warming up and the kids start getting off school for their week-long Spring Break adventures. In order to assist you through the planning steps of your spring getaway, we have organized resources to guide your inspiration for a vacation of a lifetime!
Most schools and universities have their spring break during March and April. To find out specifically when your school's Spring Break is, click here.
Galveston is located about 40 miles from the 4th largest city in the United States: Houston, TX. Houston has two large international airports that you can fly into, which will give you some flight options:
Did you know that Galveston Island is a quick road trip for about 30M people? This proximity to such a large population has made Galveston one of the top road trip destinations to visit along the Gulf Coast for nearly a century. Those looking to responsibly explore Galveston’s coastline will find their drive completed with stunning views along Seawall Boulevard and an impressive array of hotels, restaurants, attractions and more to choose from.
Stewart Beach, East Beach, Seawall Beach Urban Park, Beach Pocket Parks, and the Galveston Island State Park offer plenty of options for beachgoers. Plus, there are also numerous beach access points on the west end of the island.
You'll find 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.
Attention budding builders – sandcastle builders, that is. Galveston is hosting a free, family-friendly event to help beachgoers create spectacular sandcastles with guidance from a pro.
Visitors to East Beach can participate in “Sandcastle Days” to receive free sandcastle-building lessons from a professional sandcastle builder.
Spring Break is all about soaking in the rays and enjoying a nice break from reality, but the fun doesn’t end when the sun sinks below the horizon. Galveston is home to some of the coolest bars, beachfront dining and exciting experiences to take in during your break away from the books.
Vacation Rentals are another popular lodging option. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, these vacation rental homes give you the comfort of a home with some privacy and charm. If you’re lucky and are able to snag a home with a beach view, even better!
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by J.R. Shaw
by Nicky Omohundro
by Visit Galveston
by Visit Galveston