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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?”

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.

From the Blogs

Galveston Beach Parks Now Open

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

The time has come! Stewart Beach and East Beach's gates are now open for business. Hours, pricing and more can be found here. Read more.

Galveston Island Events April thru May 2019

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: Read more.

Head to Galveston This Spring Break for Beaches, Historical Attractions

Published: Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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. Read more.

Sheepshead - The Fish With Human Teeth

Published: Monday, March 04, 2019

The coming sunshine coincides with the annual abundance and excitement of fishing for Sheepshead, an often misunderstood and funny looking fish with teeth similar to humans. Read more.

Beautify the Bucket Competition Returns

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Artist Boat is hosting its 5th Beautify the Bucket Competition this spring. Individual, groups, and families can claim and paint a trash barrel destined for Galveston Beaches. Read more.

Love the Ocean? So do we.

Published: Thursday, January 03, 2019

A teenager's perspective of Galveston Harbor tours and seeing dolphins. Read more.

Debarkal Debacle

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I have no idea why passengers think that if they’re the first in line they’ll be the first off the ship. THERE IS A SYSTEM TO DEBARKATION!!!! Read more.

Take to the Waves - It's Wave Season!

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If you’re thinking of nice warm sunshiny islands about now.....it’s the time to book that cruise for 2017! The “Wave” Season is here! Read more.

A Cruise From Hell?

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Have you ever been on what you would call a “cruise from hell?”  Lorraine has – it was a 13-day repositioning Galveston/Tampa via Aruba over the Christmas/New Year holidays. Read more.

Deal or No Deal?

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If you're going to cruise, and if you like to imbibe – check your cruise lines packages.  Read more.

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