Spring break is right around the corner and many vacationers are expected to visit Galveston Island, voted the No. 2 best spring break destination in the country by USA Today readers last year. Splashing in the Gulf is just one of the many activities the island offers to make your getaway memorable.
Galveston Beach Parks Open March 7
While Seawall beaches are open year-round, several of the island’s public beach parks – Stewart Beach, East Beach and the West End’s Pocket Parks 1, 2 and 3 – will open March 7 for the 2015 beach season, offering a variety of special amenities. Visitors to the beach parks can take advantage of restrooms, showers, beach chair rentals, volleyball courts, snack bars and other concessions. For details on the beach parks, visit www.galvestonbeachinfo.com.
Popular Galveston Attractions Open for Spring Break
Some of Galveston’s most popular attractions will have extended hours and new activities during spring break. Moody Gardens will be open daily March 8-22, Schlitterbahn Galveston’s indoor water park will be open daily March 7-22 and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier will be open daily March 6-22, offering thrill rides and amusements. The island’s many historic mansions and museums, such as Bishop’s Palace and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, will also be open daily throughout the season.
Stroll the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District
The Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District, an official cultural district designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts, offers an intriguing selection of theaters, shops, restaurants, and museums that are well worth visiting. The Victorian architecture of Strand Street, widely known as The Strand, makes for a charming stroll as you shop for unique finds or grab sweets at LaKing’s Confectionery. Saengerfest Park at 23rd and Strand is a free family park home to a life-size chessboard and regular live entertainment. Be sure to also check out the district’s 20-plus art galleries, displaying fine art, sculpture and photography in beautifully restored historic buildings. Many can be found on Postoffice Street. For more information, visit www.galveston.com.
Shows at The Grand 1894 Opera House
The Grand 1894 Opera House has an exciting lineup of performances in store for March, including The Montana Repertory Theater’s The Great Gatsby (March 7), Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway (March 14), Galveston Symphony Orchestra (March 15) and the Rob Landes Trio (March 22). For details, or to find more shows happening this season, visit www.thegrand.com.
Spring Activities at the Galveston Island State Park
The Galveston Island State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities that are free to participate in. While each person must pay a $5 entry charge to get into the park, families can enjoy kayak tours, beach and surf explorations, bird walks, nature field trips and fishing clinics at no cost. Many activities require advance sign-up. The park’s nature center is open on Saturdays and Sundays March through November showing nature displays and videos pertaining to the park’s plant and marine life. For more information, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/galveston-island
About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. In 2014, Galveston Island named No. 2 on USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards list of the Best Spring Break Destinations. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.