Boating in Galveston

Enjoy all the boating Galveston, TX has to offer.

From dolphin tours and harbor tours to sunset cruises and fishing, there's something for everyone. Rent a boat or launch your own in Galveston.

Boat Launches

Have your own boat and need a place to launch? Here’s our pick of the local favorites.

Regatta Basin Public Boat Ramp

If you’re looking to explore the canals, Jamaica Beach, or even further into West Bay, this could be your ideal boat launch. It features a single, stabilized, paved boat ramp, limited parking, and a seating area.

Lee & Joe Jamail Bay Park

This nicely refurbished, family-friendly park provides a range of facilities including free boat launch, electrical outlets, covered picnic tables, barbecues, and free truck and trailer parking. It is open 24/7.

San Luis Pass Boat Ramp

This boat ramp is situated in the county park with the same name, just west of the Brazoria-Galveston County toll bridge. Facilities include a pavilion, restrooms, playground, fish cleaning stations, and paved parking.

Jones Bay Boat Ramp

Located around 17 miles north of Wilbur, this quiet public boat launch provides a paved ramp, docks, parking area, toilets, and an information kiosk.

Galveston Yacht Basin

Want to be smack dab in the hub of the city? Need more facilities? Head to Galveston Yacht Basin. You’ll find everything you need to get on the water, plus yacht and boat storage, wet and dry stack options, boat rental and repair, a restaurant, bar, grill, pool, and clubhouse. *Note: Marine liability insurance is required to use the Galveston Yacht Basin facilities.


If you’d prefer to let someone else do the work so you can sit back and enjoy the sights, sign up for one of the popular island boating tours. You can get up close and personal with the wildlife, discover more about the local history, or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise.


Fun, informative and affordable, Baywatch Dolphin Tours allow you to experience the joy of dolphins for yourself. Tours leave every hour.

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Galveston Duck Tour

Embark on a land and water sightseeing adventure and tour 15 miles of Galveston Island. Discover some of the most famous Galveston landmarks and have plenty of laughs along the way by taking an unforgettable Galveston Duck Tour.

Historic Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watch

Hop aboard the comfortable Seagull II to learn about the city’s past and perhaps see a few dolphins along the way. Drinks, including bottled water, are available on deck.

Seagull II on the Historic Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watch
Seagull II.

Boat Rentals

Even if you don’t own a boat, you can tour the city waters in style by renting one. There are numerous options for couples, families and small groups and prices are reasonable.

Galveston Island Boat Rentals

With a huge range of boats to choose from including pontoon boats, deck harbor boats, center console V-hull fishing boats, and Jon boats, Galveston Island Boat Rentals are ideal for sunrise to sunset adventures. Find them at the Galveston RV Resort and Marina.

Finney Boat and Watersport Rentals

Keep it simple and have fun by hiring a Hurricane Sundeck, Hurricane FunDeck, Fish Master Center Console, or kayak from Finney Boat and Watersport Rentals. Previous boating experience is required.

Tidewater Boat Rentals

Offering space for up to 11 passengers and with Bimini tops for ½ shade, the pontoon boats available from Tidewater Boat Rentals are perfect for families and groups in the mood for some on-the-water adventure and exploration.

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715 N. Holiday Dr, Slip A-31
Galveston, Texas 77550


2100 Harborside Drive Galveston, TX
Galveston, Texas 77550