Spring break is right around the corner which means flocks of Texans will be saying goodbye to winter as they head to the beach. Galveston’s beach parks will open March 9, and that’s just the beginning of what visitors can experience on the island this season.
Galveston Beach Parks Open March 9
While Seawall beaches are open year-round, the island’s largest public beach parks – Stewart Beach and East Beach – will open March 9 for the 2019 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, including horseback riding and helicopter tours. For details on the beach parks, visit www.galvestonbeachinfo.com.
Galveston Family Beach Offers Gigantic Obstacles, Games at Stewart Beach
Giant battle ships, huge bean bags and limbo showdowns are coming to Stewart Beach March 17 for the return of the Galveston Family Beach Challenge. The challenge, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will transform a portion of Stewart Beach into a gigantic obstacle course, allowing families to compete in life-size versions of classic favorites like giant Jenga and dominoes, sack races and sandcastle building. Participants will have the chance to win the grand prize of a $500 gift card plus tickets to popular Galveston attractions. For rules and to register in advance, visit www.galvestonchallenge.com.
Popular Galveston Attractions Open for Spring Break
Many of Galveston’s popular attractions will be open daily during spring break. At Moody Gardens, visitors can explore the newly redesigned Aquarium Pyramid (which completed a $37 million renovation in 2017.) In addition, visitors to Moody Gardens can also check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a at the Discovery Museum, and the critically acclaimed Cuba 3D movie at its 3D theater. Schlitterbahn Galveston’s indoor water park will be open daily March 9-17 and on weekends for the rest of the month. The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park will be open March 8-17. 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.
Discover Turtles About Town
Who doesn’t like turtles? Now, turtle lovers of all ages will have the opportunity to see nearly 20 colorful Kemps ridley sea turtle statues that have popped up around the island over the last few months. Turtles About Town is a public art project that showcases the conservation efforts of the Turtle Island Restoration Network. Turtle seekers can pick up a brochure and a map of statue locations at the Galveston Island Visitors Center, located behind the Ashton Villa at 2328 Broadway Ave. and at area businesses where turtle statues are found.
Cultural Experiences in Galveston’s 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. On March 16, visitors to downtown Galveston can enjoy a free concert from 6-9 p.m. at Saengerfest Park with Music Nite on The Strand featuring the band Bare Necessity. For more information, visit www.downtowngalveston.org.
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 over 12 must pay a $5 entry charge to get into the park, families can enjoy beach combing, geo-caching, kayaking, birding, nature field trips and fishing at no cost. 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. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.