Galveston Island Activities
Galveston Island is such a vibrant place
with so many things to do, it would be difficult to get all of the
activities in during even a prolonged visit. Miles of beaches,
theaters, shops, tours, museums, entertainment centers, and local
concerts, events, and parties keep visitors busy. Sailboarding, surfing,
fishing, birding, biking, parasailing, and horseback riding are all
Galveston's yearly carnival, the largest in Texas, with
over half a million party visitors each year.
Boat tours of the harbor are
Air tours of the island are also
available. Includes the beach, the ship channel, Bolivar peninsula and
various other attractions.
Galveston Island Duck Tours
An unusual vehicle
which travels on land and water. Tour lasts 1 1/2 hours and covers The
Strand, Offats Bayou, and the Historic District.
A two-hour live narrated citywide tour
featuring information on history, museums, and attractions.
Treasure Isle Tour Train
A 1 1/2 hour tour of the
island covering various attractions and several unique sights.
Galveston enjoys miles of public beach
area. Activities range from ultra-extreme sports to simply enjoying the
gulf breeze while sunbathing.
Several shops along Galveston beaches
offer surfing equipment and lessons. Surfers from around the globe have surfed at the
Dolphins are frequently seen in the
Every day those who love to fish are
found fishing along the beaches of Galveston Island. Men, women, and
children gather on the beaches themselves, on the piers, and out in boats
to fish. Several choice sites are set up especially for rows of people to
fish. Schools of fish can often be seen in the waters. Galveston
includes tackle shops, chartered trips, jetty
fishing, and more are available on the island. Shark fishing can be
enjoyed year round. Various other fishing is available throughout the year.
The Galveston Island Municipal Golf Course
and the Galveston Island Country Club each offer 18-hole course golf. The
municipal course is ranked among the Top Five Municipal Golf Courses
according to the U.S. News & World Report. It is the location of the
Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Tournament and the H & R Invitational
Tournament. It is open daily. The country club includes a driving range, a
putting green, and a complete pro shop. The club has a resident pro, Bruce
Rodysill. The club also offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a
restaurant. It is open to guests at some local hotels and members of other
Historical Medical Tour of Galveston
Tours of the
world renown university medical facilities of the island, many housed in
historic buildings. The medical field is the largest employer of the
Historic Homes Tour
Held every year during the first two
weekends in May.
Historic Homes Tours Champagne Tours
Part of the Annual Tours.
These special evening tours include hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and live
on the Strand"
Named one of the 100 best
events in North America by tourism professionals and one of the Top 10
events in the state by Texas Highways Magazine. It also is among the Top
100 events in the world according to travel writer Allen Davis who
included the event in his publication, "The Fun Also Rises Travel Guide to
North America: The Most Fun Places to Be At The Right Time".
Dickens Holiday Ball
Scottish Country Breakfast
Galveston Harbor Parade of Lights
festively decorated boats.
Music and Arts Festival
Held each October
featuring local and national performers and artists.
A benefit for Clean
Galveston. A treasure hunt sending participants to 25 participating
merchants for the chance to win prizes.
Hosted by First Lutheran Church. A
Fall celebration featuring authentic German bands, German foods, and
The Trolley Run
Annual competition for all levels
Historic Homes Tour
Eight privately owned homes are opened to
the public for this unique event.
Carnival Cruise Lines, the most
cruise line in the world, offers 4 and 5 day
cruises out of
Galveston. "Celebration" or "Jubilee" will treat you to your "Fun From
Texas" trip. Destinations include Calica/Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.
Cruises include many onboard activities and much fine food and
Royal Caribbian offers 7 day vacations aboard the "Rhapsody of the
Seas". Destinations include Key West, Florida, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.
Day trips include stops in George Town to enjoy snorkeling, beautiful
beaches, and tours of Mayan ruins.
Daily cruises out of Galveston. Fine
in addition to live casino action.
International buffet with 5 star
dining. Includes 460 slots and 28 table games. Video
Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Casino War, Craps, Let It Ride, and
Mini-Baccarat are played.
Live entertainment to top your cruise
Whether you would prefer a sailing
experience or a deep-sea fishing experience, there are chartered trips
available. Ski/Excursion boat charters are also available including
equipment such as water skis, knee boards, wake boards, and tubes.
Annual Spirit of Flight Air Show & Walkabout
An airshow at the Lone Star Flight Museum.
Spirit of ELISSA Gala
A benefit dance with live
Spring Sea Trials for The ELISSA
Houston Yacht Club’s ELISSA Regatta
A celebration for locals
and visitors alike.
TSM Plankowners Syndicate Party
Live auction, silent auction,
and catered dinner held in June each year.
ATV, buggy, scooter (electric and manual), and
(electric and manual) rentals are available. Jet ski, Banana
boat, and other rentals available.
Guided ATV trail rides and
Marsh/Swamp and Waterway/Canal tours on swamp-modified jet skis exploring
the natural terrain with fun and educational information included are
available for all ages year round. Each includes transportation from and
to Galveston hotels and a Bolivar Ferry ride.
Gulf Coast Volleyball
Association GCVA events attract players of all ages from all
Annual Yaga's Children's Fund Wild Game and Barbecue
A benefit for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Gulf
Steel Oleander Award Luncheon
A May event to honor those who
have contributed to preserving the area's precious
Discovery Day Camp
A one week camp for ages
For more information on Galveston Island
events, visit the official site of
Galveston Island Convention &
or call the