With all the new cruise ships flocking to Texas, why not spend a day pre-or post-cruise and check out everything to do in Galveston?
Galveston was recently named the fourth largest cruise port in the United States, behind Florida seaports, and it’s not a surprise why.
Here are six cool things to do in Galveston.
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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. Amusement Today named the indoor waterpark “World’s Best Indoor Waterpark.” Seasonal passes are also offered.
2. Lone Star Flight Museum
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.
3. Moody Gardens
One of the most visited attractions in Texas offers an aquarium, a rainforest with species, 3D/4D theaters, a paddle boat, and a golf course. The rainforest recently underwent a $25-million dollar enhancement and is a must-see.
4. Tour Bishop’s Palace
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.
5. Galveston Harbor Tour
Board the Seagull II for an informative tour of Galveston’s harbor and watch dozens of dolphins. Get taken to the fishing village where the seafood is unloaded right off the rocks, and learn about the rich maritime history in Galveston Bay and the great storm in 1900. The tour guide is a Galveston native who knows many fun facts.
6. Historic Downtown Tour
Did you know the Galveston has a seawall built to raise the island 17′ above sea level? It saved most of the island from Hurricane Ike in 2008. See the tree sculptures 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.