Thanks to our temperate weather, visitors to Galveston are able to explore the beautiful outdoors all year long. The Island offers many things to do along our beautiful Gulf Coast beaches; activities include golf, fishing, birding, volleyball, cruises and more.
Galveston Island is one of the most popular places in the U.S. for birding. Experts and beginners alike enjoy spotting water and shore birds like the Reddish Egret, Galveston’s official city bird. Rare species of birds may be seen in the fall and spring months during the migration periods.
1315 21st Street | 409-632-7685
The Bryan Museum houses the largest collection of its type in the world. 70,000 items, spanning 2,500 years, including treasures from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to 21st century pieces, rare German, French, Spanish and English documents, exquisite saddles, spurs, antique firearms, exceptionally rare maps and books, fine art, religious and folk art, portraits, and documents.
Island Carriages 409-765-6951
Along The Strand you’ll see horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping by. Why not step into yesteryear and treat yourself to a ride?
Rides are $25.00. They also do weddings and special events.
Embark on a cruise to Mexico or the Western Caribbean from the Port of Galveston. A variety of cruise lengths and destinations are available aboard Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International.
Galveston Island boasts 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches. All the beaches are accessible at numerous points and open to the public. There are facilities and concessions at the main public beaches as well as the state and county parks. The water can be chilly in the winter months (about 60°F), but from May through September a very nice, soothing, easy swimming temperature around 80°F.
Galveston Beach Parks
Public beach parks on Galveston Island include: Stewart Beach Park & Recreation Area (6th St. & Seawall, 409-765-5023); Dellanera RV Park (FM 3005 at 7 Mile Road); East Beach/R.A. Apffel Park (Seawall & Boddeker Dr.); Galveston County Pocket Parks FM 3005 at 7 Mile Rd., FM 3005 at 9 Mile Rd., FM 3005 at 11 Mile Rd.; and Galveston Island State Park, FM 3005.
Galveston Country Club
14228 Stewart Road | 409-737-9800
Founded in 1898, the Galveston Country Club is the oldest private country club in Texas and represents a life of elegant ease in this beautiful, seaside resort on the Island’s West end. Members and guests enjoy a full schedule of tournaments throughout the year and a resident PGA golf professional is always on hand for individual or group lessons.
Galveston Island is every angler’s dream offering beachfront, pier, surf, inshore, offshore and bluewater fishing. For fishing inside Texas waters, you must have a TEXAS fishing license for all fishermen 17-65, plus a three-day salt water sport fishing license (if applicable). You can purchase a license at the Galveston County Courthouse, 733 Moody Street, as well as sporting goods stores, convenience stores, tackle shops and bait camps.
Galveston Island Trolley
Starting at 2100 Seawall & 2016 Strand | 409-797-3900
The trolley can be a wonderful way to take a load off tired feet. Trolleys start at 2100 Seawall Blvd. and 2016 Strand. They run Monday-Friday 6:15am-8:00pm, and Saturday-Sunday 8:45am-6:00pm. The Seawall trolley costs 60 cents, and the downtown trolley is free.
Pier 22 at the Texas Seaport Museum | 409-765-8687
Explore the historic Port of Galveston and beautiful Galveston Bay up close and personal on a tour of the harbor with a knowledgeable guide who discusses the variety of birds and marine life. You may even catch sight of some dolphins on your excursion.
Magic Carpet Golf
9030 Seawall at 91st St. | 409-740-2000
An 18-hole course open weekdays 10am-8pm and weekends 9am-12pm. Adults $6, children 12 and under $5. Children under 4 are free with an adult.
Moody Gardens Golf Course
1700 Sydnor Ln. | 409-683-GOLF (4653)
The new Moody Gardens Golf Course, formerly Galveston Municipal Golf Course, features a $16 million comprehensive renovation.
Renowned golf course architects Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design created a design that keeps the best historical features of the layout while significantly improving certain holes and overall course flow.