The calendar may say we’re entering the infamous and lamentable “Dog Days of Summer,” but in Galveston, that just means it’s time to step up your search for some of the island’s numerous options for aquatic fun.
Go Flying at Extreme Water Sports
This 61st Street attraction is on the cutting edge of water sports insanity, highlighted by out-of-this-world Flyboard and Hoverboard experiences. If it’s adrenaline-soaked action you crave, you’ve simply got to try one of these amazing toys that use the jet discharge from a personal water craft (PWC) to propel them through water and air! Both the Flyboard and the Hoverboard are connected to a PWC by a 55-foot fire hose, with the Flyboard capable of taking riders up to 35 feet in the air, while the Hoverboard can glide across the surface at up to 23 mph. Also available for rental are PWCs and the totally cool, electric-powered Go-Float mini-boats.
Family Fun at Stewart Beach
Located at Broadway and Seawall Blvd., Stewart Beach—named one of the “10 Best Beaches for Families” by Vacation Critic in 2013—gets a ton of publicity for being popular among families looking for some good summer fun. With various amenities including showers, changing rooms, on-duty life guards, umbrella and chair rentals, and plenty of food options, the park is equipped with everything needed for a sunny good time.
Let the Party Begin at East Beach
This is the beach where sun worshipers go to party. Unlike the majority of Galveston’s public beach parks, alcohol is permitted on East Beach, so it stands to reason that this is the spot to catch all sorts of special events including beach concerts and the annual AIA Sandcastle competition that lures thousands to the beach every summer.
Picnics and Fireworks at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
It’s not like Schlitterbahn really needed to up its fun quotient, but Galveston’s world-class water park has done exactly that with its Sunday-only Picnics & Fireworks Package. Through August 27, families can enjoy a catered dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a huge fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico. The fireworks display, sponsored by the Galveston Park Board, takes place at the intersection of 37th Street and Seawall Blvd at 9 p.m. Of course, while you’re at Schlitterbahn you’d be crazy not to sample attractions like the MASSIV Monster Blaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Line or the White Water River. Visit www.schlitterbahn.com for details.
Chilling at Palm Beach at Moody Gardens
Featuring attractions like the Lazy River, Wave Pool and a pair of 18-foot Tower Slides, this sandy refuge at Moody Gardens should make it on everyone’s island to-do list. The Aquarium Adventure playground is tailor made for families and includes the 25-foot Hydro Storm tower. And don’t forget about Bands on Sand, which brings a diverse lineup of some of the area’s hottest musical acts to Palm Beach every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. Palm Beach is open daily through August 20 and weekends only through Labor Day.