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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

Sixth Annual Ohana Surf Dogs Competition Makes Waves on July 21

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018

Get ready to “hang four” at the 6th Annual Ohana Surf Dog event on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Read more.

The Galveston Island Bucket List

Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

There is so much you need to do in your lifetime on the island! Here's the ultimate Galveston bucket list: 50 things you need to do before you kick the bucket. Read more.

7 Surprising Things to Do In Galveston This Summer

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

There is far more to do in Galveston this summer than hitting the beach, check it out! Read more.

Galveston Isle Kicks Off Tourism Season Memorial Day Weekend

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018

As thousands of visitors flock to Galveston this Memorial Day weekend, the island’s tourism industry will be celebrating the kickoff of what is expected to be a successful summer vacation season. Read more.

Kingfish Everywhere, Ling Running

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Galveston fishing report provided by Aqua Safari Charters on May 23, 2018. Read more.

Cruise Wear?

Published: Thursday, April 05, 2018

Lorraine has a friend who thinks every cruise is reason to buy a whole new wardrobe. NOT NECESSARY! You probably already have everything you need in your closet. Read more.

Seven Amazing Things You Need To Do in Galveston this Spring

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018

Whether you’re paddling along tranquil coastal channels, playing in an indoor waterpark, or indulging in some first-rate dining, you’ll find many reasons to visit Galveston this spring. Read more.

The F Word

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Warm days – cool nights! The perfect recipe for the “F” word – FOG! Read more.

Do You Have a Morgue?

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018

A cruise buddy of Lorraine’s was told this story by a friend of hers who once worked at the cruise terminal – and swears it to be true. Read more.

Ready to Hit the Beach? Start Here!

Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018

Deciding how to have fun on the beach in Galveston can be daunting, even if you’ve narrowed your choices down to spending at least some of your time frolicking in the sand at one of the island’s five beach parks. Read more.

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