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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

Free Events on Galveston Island this Holiday Season

Published: Thursday, December 06, 2018

The island transforms into a “Winter Wonder Island,” as the store-fronts of downtown get blanketed in wreaths, lanterns and, of course, lights. Galveston also hosts several free and discounted events including Santa sightings, public art displays and more. Read more.

Do You Sea Turtles?

Published: Monday, November 26, 2018

Have you noticed pieces of authentic artwork popping up? More specifically, grand sea turtle statues! We can attribute that to a project called “Turtles About Town”. Read more.

The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Holiday Experiences in Galveston

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018

The holidays are about spending time with your family, and Galveston has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, events and displays! Read more.

Galveston Fishing Rodeo Wraps Up

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The results are in for the Galveston Fishing Rodeo. The leader board is impressive. Read more.

Inspiration and Education Through Unique Coastal Experiences

Published: Friday, October 19, 2018

For 15 years, Artist Boat has brought value to our ocean community and restored coastal and marine habitats, educated the public, regional and local students as well as creating hundreds of pieces of public art!  Read more.

Ling, Stingray, Mangrove Snapper, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark and more.

Published: Friday, October 19, 2018

Our recent deep sea trip catches have included ling, large stingray, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, gulf trout, atlantic sharpnose shark, gafftop, and more.  Read more.

September & October Were Tough, Looking Forward to Better Conditions

Published: Saturday, October 06, 2018

August and most of September were much tougher months to fish than I have seen in all my years fishing our area since 1974, which was 6 years before I began charter fishing. Read more.

And Still They Try!

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Lorraine is talking about passengers who - in spite of widely-known regulations - continue to attempt to smuggle alcohol aboard a cruise ship. The question is why? Read more.

Three Charters Leading the Galveston Fishing Rodeo

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

A new annual fishing tournament kicked off on Friday, September 28.  The Galveston Fishing Rodeo is open to private and guided anglers and includes daily weigh-ins at the Galveston Yacht Basin. Read more.

Don't Lose It!

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

When a ship returns to its home port late, Lorraine can’t help but wonder how many non-refundable airline tickets will be lost.   Read more.

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