The guys at Galveston Party Boats are the innovators and original operators of catamaran fishing vessels in Galveston. Everything from rod, reel, to electronic radar equipment are designed to help make your fishing day a success. more...
The Ocean Star is a retired jack up drilling rig
that has been modified into a museum and
education center. Enjoy three floors of
exhibits, theater, videos and interactive displays. Plus, kids won't wanna miss monthly Family Days!
New to the Island? If so, then first, get oriented with a trip to the Galveston Island Visitors Center. Operated by the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center offers a wealth of brochures, free maps of the Island, and friendly guides ready to point you in the direction of whatever fun you have in mind ... and maybe even some fun you didn't know existed.
Other than the beach, the top destination for
Galveston visitors is the 242-acre Moody Gardens . Part theme park, part educational
and rehabilitative facility, part pleasure garden,
Moody Gardens is a vacation all by itself.
Upon entering Moody Gardens, you are instantly
wowed by the lush and other worldly environment
created by the Moody family. Amidst the profusion
of tropical plants gleam three glass pyramids –
pink, blue and white – housing a 10-story
rainforest, one of the world’s largest aquariums,
and an educational Discovery Museum. With naturalists on staff, Moody Gardens
lovingly conserves a vast wonderland for the
knowledge-thirsty visitor. The complex includes
a 3D theater, 4D Special FX theater and 3-D
Ridefilm theaters; silky-smooth Palm Beach, with
white sand and freshwater lagoons; the 19th century
style Colonel Paddlewheeler, with one-hour
narrative cruises (a favorite with birders); the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial; and a luxury hotel.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is one
of the Hottest, Coolest Times in Texas! The park
features uphill water coasters, water slides, kid’s
playgrounds, whitewater rapids, wave pool, hot
tubs, plus the Boogie Bahn surf ride. And the
exclusive Transportainment river system makes
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island the ultimate family
destination. The summer season offers more than
32 family-friendly attractions. The coolest way to
have the hottest winter vacation is to slide into
Schlitterbahn’s Wasserfest. The park offers a
dozen heated attractions in a warm, tropical oasis
featuring four enclosed tube slides, the Torrent
Tidal Wave River, three speed slides, three water
playgrounds and more.
Our newest attraction? The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier! Landry's envisions the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier becoming a preferred family
destination with the same greatness as Chicago's Navy Pier, Santa Monica Pier and Coney Island's
Luna Park. Plans to revive and rename the property, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier,
include developing a first-class, nostalgically themed amusement park, reminiscent of another
historic landmark, Galveston's Electric Park. Traditional rides will include a 36-foot diameter,
double-decker carousel and a 100-foot tall Ferris Wheel, and for the more adventurous, a steel
roller coaster with a 100-foot vertical climb, 200-foot tall swing recognized as the highest ride in
Texas and classic bumper cars for adults and children. Amusements as well as the restoration of the
historical element of the Pier are anticipated to bring back memories of what the destination was
known for in the late 1940s.
The best way to connect to Galveston's past is by an excursion through one of its historic districts, or a tour of one of the historic homes that are open to the public. Stroll through the 36-square-block area of downtown Galveston, exploring the enticing shops on The Strand, the waterfront district, and the docks for the cruise lines), and the trendy Postoffice Arts District. Pick up one of Galveston Historical Foundation's excellent brochures.
Galveston has shopping for most everyone's tastes, whether you like upscale, artsy, or beach trendy. With a city this historically minded and individual in its tastes, expect to find wonderful antique and curio stores; look for treasures both downtown and on Broadway.
With all this touring, lucky you, you've worked up an appetite. Dining is a Galveston highpoint. The specialty is fresh-cooked, fresh caught Gulf Coast cuisine - available both in traditional and nouvelle settings - but you'll find restaurants for every mood and palate, from upscale continental, to hip fusion, to authentic Tex-Mex, to down-home barbecue.