Spring is finally here and the Galveston shore is calling your name. Answer it – and immerse yourself in new adventures, from flyboarding over the bay to horseback riding on the beach.
Relax on Galveston’s New ‘Babe’s Beach’
Spring means fun in the sun and surf. Luckily, Galveston recently unveiled 15 blocks of brand new beaches. The new beach area, named Babe’s Beach after former Texas Rep. A.R. “Babe” Schwartz, is located on a stretch of the Seawall west of 61st Street. It provides more space for visitors to relax in the sun, play a game of volleyball or simply wander the coast. In addition, many of the island’s other beach parks – including Stewart Beach, East Beach and Seawolf Park – have been updated with new playgrounds, vendors and amenities. www.galvestonbeachinfo.com
Try New Water Adventures
To experience the island from the sky, take a new helicopter sightseeing tour from Stewart Beach. Galveston Helicopters offers five exciting tour options, showcasing different parts of the island from the beach to the bay. To combine the feeling of flying with a refreshing splash of water, go flyboarding! Like a scene out of futuristic movie, flyboarding allows flyers to strap on a jet-pack device and hover up to 35 feet above Offatts Bayou. Extreme Water Sports has brought this fast-growing sport to the island and offers rides lasting from 20 to 60 minutes. New to East Beach, Galveston Island Horse & Pony Rides offers horseback riding excursions along the shore.
Set Sail from the Galveston Sea Scout Base
Get a fresh start to the day and set sail on the Galveston Sea Scout Base’s schooner boat during “Schooner Sundays.” The massive sailing beauty leaves Offats Bayou just after noon each Sunday and sails out to destinations beyond Galveston causeway. A licensed captain and “spot tracker” is aboard the ship, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. www.sspbgalveston.org
Visit Galveston’s Newest Green Space: Hendley Green
The island’s newest green space, Hendley Green Park, provides visitors a place to relax after taking in the shops and attractions in historic downtown Galveston. The mini-park, built by the Galveston Historical Foundation, includes a central lawn for outdoor recreation and seating. A grove of 30 newly planted oak trees flank the surrounding exterior of the park with accompanying tables and umbrellas, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. www.galvestonhistory.org
Explore the New “Skeletown” at Moody Gardens
Did you know the human skeletal system consists of 206 bones? How do your joints work? Learn more about the bones that keep humans and animals moving by visiting Moody Gardens’ new Skeletown exhibit that opens March 5. This 6,000-square-feet exhibit will be located in the Discovery Pyramid, featuring interactive activities and displays that examine bone biology, human and animal bone specimens and how bones are a part of cultures all over the world. Both adults and children can learn about the vital role diet and exercise play in keeping our bones healthy. www.moodygardens.org
Explore the Coast on a Bucket Brigade Tour
Now underway, you can hit the beach to participate in a Bucket Brigade – an interactive beach tour that provides hands-on exploration of the creatures and features found in Galveston’s coastal and marine ecosystems. A fun learning activity for kids of all ages, these 45-minute tours will be offered at a variety of locations along Galveston’s Seawall beaches, 21st Street, 37th Street, 53rd Street, 61st Street, and 63rd Street as well as Stewart Beach and Dellanera RV Park. You can sign up at lifeguard stations at each tour location, just look for Bucket Brigade interpreters in their bright orange shirts. www.artistboat.org
Try New Beachfront Restaurants
No trip to Galveston is complete without treating yourself to the island’s signature cuisine: fresh Gulf seafood. Luckily, the island’s culinary landscape continues to see exciting additions, including BLVD. Seafood. The open-kitchen concept is the fifth establishment from the owners of the popular Yaga’s Café, offering fresh, locally sourced seafood under the direction of executive chef Chris Lopez. Located at 28th and Seawall Boulevard, BLVD. provides an upscale, modern dining experience with window views of the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, award-winning Chef Randy Evans, known for his commitment to fresh gulf seafood and local/farm-to-table cuisine has consulted with managing partner, Bryan Davis, for the opening of Ocean Grille & Beach Bar. The menu features fresh seafood, half-pound Wagyu Beef burgers, fresh salads and more.
Sip Your Way through Trendy New Bars in Historic Downtown Galveston
If you have a curious palate for drinks and palette for art, The Proletariat Gallery & Public House is just for you. Located in the heart of historic downtown Galveston, this new trendy bar is a collaborative exhibition space and local hangout dedicated to enhancing the arts. The Proletariat is open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. In early spring, downtown Galveston will become home to Harborside Mercantile, a new bar and restaurant featuring Southern coastal food, wine and beer. The new bar and eatery, located in an historic building on The Strand, will be operated by former Houston restaurant owners Ricky Craig (Hubcap Grill) and Joshua Martinez (Chicken Ranch).
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. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.