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The island’s laidback, welcoming atmosphere makes it the perfect destination for family fun in the water. And since it’s only 50 minutes from Houston, it’s a good bet you’ll get there before the little ones start asking, “Are we there yet?”

Fly high! A Caribbean Breeze parasailing adventure begins with dolphin watching as you zip through the harbor and jetties out to the Gulf. There, you’ll be strapped to a parachute and launched up to 500 feet in the air as you trail behind the boat. The adrenaline rush is intense, and nothing compares to the view of the ocean from this vantage point.

Paddle on! Kayakers will want to explore the three marked trails—ranging from 2.6 to 4.8 miles—at Galveston Island State Park, whose calm waters are perfect for paddling. Plan a weekend stay at the park’s camping site, and make sure to explore the hiking paths along the dunes on the Gulf.

Ride the tides! Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the hottest sports in the country. With zero experience required, anyone can get out in the ocean and give it a try. Take private or group lessons, or attend a SUP camp at Galveston Paddleboard Center.

Food! Glorious Food! (Sorry, Oliver)

While standing in the check-out line the other day calculating the dollar damage, Lorraine started to wonder how much it costs a cruise ship to feed the thousands of passengers and crew members onboard. Read more.

Stay & Play! Galveston Offers Gulf Fireworks Shows Every Sunday This Summer

There are no two better words to go along with summer than free and fun. All summer long, Galveston Island will offer plenty of events that fit both, including free fireworks shows, eco tours and sandcastle building lessons. Read more.

Free Sandcastle Building Lessons Coming to Stewart Beach

Attention budding builders – sandcastle builders, that is. This summer, Galveston will host a free, family friendly event series to help beachgoers create spectacular sandcastles with tips from the pros. Read more.

Things to Do on Sea Days - Or Not!

It’s one of those days – cruising in the middle of nowhere. A great chance to enjoy the ship AND some of the fun activities – while keeping in mind that every passenger will be doing the same. Read more.

East Beach: Galveston's Party Central for Fun and Surf

With live music concerts, sparkling surf, volleyball courts, concession stands and the imaginative sand sculptures created during the annual AIA Sandcastle Competition, East Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Read more.

10 Reasons You Should Get On "Island Time" in Galveston

The return of summer in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets. Read more.

Keep Cool This Summer at Moody Gardens Palm Beach

Guests are invited to kick off their summer with a splash, complete with sinking their toes in white sand, when Palm Beach opens May 20. Read more.

To Insure or Not to Insure

To insure or not to insure – that is the question! Whether ‘tis better to fight the “system” or to protect yourself against it…….(apologies to William)! Read more.

Lug-Lug-Luggage

What – pray tell – can it contain of such importance that one will “schlep” rather than “check” their luggage when cruising? Read more.

Avoiding the Principal's Office

Remember when you were a kid – being sent to the principal’s office was the worst feeling in the world. Well – cruise ships have a Principal’s Office of sorts in the form of what some travelers call the “naughty room.” Read more.

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