With all the new cruise ships flocking to Galveston, Texas, why not spend a day there pre/post cruise and make the most out of what this quaint island has to offer.
1. Schlitterbahn Island Water Park
This award-winning indoor/outdoor water park offers something for every age from kiddie slides, a surf simulator, tidal pools, and an adults only pool with a swim up bar and private cabana rentals. The indoor waterpark was named “Worlds Best Indoor Waterpark” in 2010 by Amusement Today. Seasonal passes also offered.
Check out a part of aviation history with historic battle planes, airliners, and recreational planes. Many of the aircraft in the museum still fly today. Airplane rides are also available to get a full view of the island.
One of the most visited attractions in Texas offering an aquarium, rain forest with species, 3D/4D theaters, a paddle boat and a golf course. The rain forest recently underwent a $25-million dollar enhancement and is a must see.
One of Galveston’s most historic mansions and opened daily for tours. The home was built in 1892 from steel and stone for railroad tycoon Walter Gresham. The original fixtures remain.
Board the Seagull II for an informative tour of Galveston’s harbor and watching dozens of dolphins. Get taken to the fishing village where the seafood is unloaded right off the rocks, learn about the rich maritime history in Galveston Bay, and about the great storm on 1900. The tour guide is a Galveston native who knows a ton of fun facts!
Did you know the Galveston has a seawall that was built to raise the island 17′ above sea level? It saved most of the island from Hurricane Ike in 2008. See the tree sculptures that were carved from the salt water damaged trees, The Grand 1894 Opera House, art galleries, the oldest home on the island, and tons more. Segue tours are also available.
Galveston has a unique charm and if you’re going to sail from the port anyway, why not spend a little time there? For more information on Galveston Island be sure to check out their official tourism website at Galveston.com.