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April Means Fantastic Family Fun in Galveston

By: Robert Stanton - Isle Guy | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring has officially sprung, presenting a splendiferous time to round up the family for some fun and adventurous April events on historic Galveston Island!

The cold weather has all but gone, replaced by balmy skies and the relaxing Gulf Coast trade winds. It’s a perfect time to bask in the sun while checking out these exciting Family Fun events in Galveston:

El Galéon Tours

From April 6-9, Galveston will welcome El Galéon, a replica of a majestic Spanish galleon that traversed the world’s oceans in the 16th century. Converted into a floating museum, the vessel offers a unique and up-close- look at life aboard the historic galleon.

Step aboard the170-foot sailing vessel, which harks back to the golden age of Western expansion into the Americas. The crew of El Galéon lives aboard the ship 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will conduct tours.

Once aboard, be sure to roam above and below the decks (5 total), talk to the crew members and absorb dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, historical documents and displays. There is no time limit for your tour, and photos are welcome

Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, said El Galéon’s visit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids young and old.

“GHF is excited to welcome the El Galéon to our Pier 22 as a companion to our historic vessel ELISSA,” he said. “This is a rare opportunity to see this amazing Spanish ship and meet its crew. This visits sets the stage for our inaugural Tall Ship extravaganza planned for April 2018. Join us as we explore and learn about our maritime heritage.”

Tickets may be purchased online and at the Texas Seaport Museum, 2100 Harborside. For more information, call 409-763-1877. Tour tickets are $10 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Tickets to tour the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA are also available.

FeatherFest 2017

This one’s for the birds, literally. Thousands of birds take wing to the island each spring during an arduous northward migration across the Gulf from Central and South America.

Whether you’re a casual bird-watcher or nature photographer, or someone who wants some exercise, fresh air and sunshine and something different to do – you won’t want to miss FeatherFest 2017.

Join other bird lovers to see more than 200 species of brightly-colored birds strut their stuff around Galveston Island – a prime location along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

FeatherFest is fun four days of excellent birding and nature photography workshops and adventurous field trips, topped off with delightful evening social events. You can also meet and mingle with some of the top naturalists in the country.

The festival headquarters is located at Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, on the campus of UTMB’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

A $25 registration fee is automatically applied to each registration to help cover overhead expenses. Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council members pay a $22 registration fee. There’s no fee to only attend Social Evening events.

For more information, visit online or call 832-459-5533.

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Two in a Million
2016 Grand Prize Winner and Week One First Place by Richard Howard taken at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
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On The Hunt
2016 Week Two Second Place by Sandra Kroeger taken taken at Texas City Dike.
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Avocet Portrait
2016 Week One Third Place by Matt Hyner taken on Bolivar Peninsula.
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Hummingbird on Porterweed
2016 Week One Honorable Mention by Matt Hyner taken taken at Mont Belvieu.
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Cuckoo With Webworm
2016 Week Two First Place by Dan Lotan taken taken at High Island.
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Black Skimmer
2016 Week Two Second Place by Sandra Kroeger taken taken at Texas City Dike.
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Egret Mating Posing
2016 Week Two Third Place by Julie Cheng taken taken at High Island.
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Under Construction
2016 Week Two Honorable Mention by David Alaniz taken at Smith Oaks Rookery, High Island.
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Splish Splash, Taking A Bath
2016 Week Three First Place by Carl Henry taken near North Deer Island.
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Triple Threat
2016 Week Three Second Place by Kevin Malo taken taken at Simonton.
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Off I Go
2016 Week Three Third Place by Susan Ellison taken taken at Bolivar Flats.
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Red Breasted Nut Hatcher
2016 Week Three Honorable Mention by Dub Hamilton taken taken at Texas City.
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Red and Ruby
2016 Week Four First Place by Dan Lotan taken at Copperfield, Houston.
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Late Night Snack
2016 Week Four Second Place by Cissy Beasley taken taken at Sportsman Road (roadside marsh), Galveston.
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Marbled Godwit At Early Morning Lights
2016 Week Four Third Place by Susan Ellison taken taken at Bolivar Flats.
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Hummers Fight
2016 Week Four Honorable Mention by Marilyn Holloway taken taken at Mont Belvieu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ocean Star Family Day

Texas holds the distinction of being one of the largest oil and gas regions not only in the United States, but the entire world. And a great way to experience the petrochemical industry is aboard the Ocean Star, unique museum and learning center at Pier 19 at Harborside Drive.

On April 8, the Ocean Star celebrates Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The bi-monthly educational series spotlights a different theme that relates to the offshore industry.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children aboard and experience family-learning and quality time at a reduced cost. Kids 18 years of age and younger are admitted free with a paying chaperone. The special discount does not apply to guided group tours or other museum programs.

For more information, visit online or call 409-766-7827.

Music Nite

On April 8, put on your dancing shoes and head out to Saengerfest Park, where Los Vertigos will bring their brand of Retro Rock and Soul to move your body and soul. Founded in 2006, the four-member band is a hot ticketi throughout Texas and beyond.

Los Vertigos takes the stage from 6-9 p.m. at the park at 2300 Strand. Music Nite on The Strand takes place on the second Saturday of each month, presented by Mitchell Historic Properties and The Galveston Island Convention & Vistors Bureau.

For more information, visit the Galveston.com calendar of events.

Article written by Robert Stanton - Isle Guy