Everything You Need
to know for a
Great Galveston Vacation!
everything you need to know for having a great time on a Galveston
Vacation. Galveston attractions range from the many outdoor
activities like fishing, sunbathing, boating, and concerts. Then
there are all of the restaurants, amusement parks, and
special events that make it a great vacation for the whole family.
There's something for everyone from great beach activities and
nightlife, historical sites, or just a quiet retreat too.
almost eight years Galveston Island has fully recovered from Hurricane Ike. It's been a slow revival but the area has made a great comeback and many facilities are totally remodeled and up and running. Restaurants, attractions, and many of the popular tourist destinations are back and better than they were before the
Galveston has just increased the beach area to around 75th street
this spring. Check out the new areas and see how they did it
in the last section at the end of the page below. We have some
good pictures on the equipment and how it was done.
thing in Galveston is the parking fees on the Seawall Boulevard.
Fee parking areas will include the north and south sides of Seawall Boulevard from 6th to 69th Street and 81st to 103rd Street. The area between 69th and 81st Street will be free of charge.
There are signs that tell you how to pay by using a mobile app, the internet, or a
smart phone. Parking fees are charged for from 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
daily. Parking Fees are $1 per hour, not to exceed $8 per day or $25
for annual pass.
One of the
big events was the re-opening of the Galveston Pleasure
Pier by Landry's on 25th Street and Seawall Blvd. The original Pleasure
Pier was built in the late 1940's and was very popular. Hurricane
Carla ended that in 1963. In 1965 a new hotel was built on the
pier, called the Flagship Hotel and in 2008 it was all but
destroyed by Hurricane Ike, Does this show somewhat of a pattern
here? We'll certainly see how long the Pleasure Pier will last
which is entirely dependent on when the next big Hurricane comes a
calling. Luckily we haven't had a major storm and most likely
won't until the weather systems change to more favorable
The Galveston Pleasure
Pier is now open, over 1200 feet long, and has a 100-foot
tall Ferris Wheel, 36-foot double-decker carousel, and a 200 foot tall swing plus
14 other amusement rides.
official, the Galveston Pleasure Pier had it's opening day in June
Here's the deal on the prices and
hours (look for specials as these prices go up and down all the
Normal Hours: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Tickets: Pier walk-on ticket — $10 for adults and $8 for children.
Individual ride tickets — $4 a ride in addition to the walk-on ticket.
All-day ride passes — $21.99 adults,
$16.99 children less than 48 inches tall.
Parking: $10 for first 3 hours and $2 an hour after that.
($10 validation with $25 or more spent at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. or Fish
Tales. *Fish Tales is one of my favorite seafood restaurant on the
Maximum $16 a day
You can park on the Seawall Blvd
(but you need to be early or lucky) if you have a parking pass. Holiday hours may change
be sure and check before making plans. There have been mixed reviews
on the Pleasure Pier so far due to the high cost of everything.
That can be a problem for large families or groups but is also
true for any of the big attractions on Galveston Island.
To Do In Galveston 2017
coming to the end of another year, 2016. The Winter Season is
one of the best times to visit Galveston. Usually great
weather and not a lot of crowds or lines to eat or visit
one of the many great attractions on the island. And the
Holiday Season offers many things to do and see for the
Gras! Galveston Style
The next big event in Galveston is the Mardi Gras!
celebration that starts on February 17th and runs through February
28th. Mardi Gras! Galveston is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the US and offers the many ways to experience sand and surf plus the charms of Galveston.
There are events for just about anyone regardless of age or choice
of venues. You can learn all about it and buy tickets at the Mardi
Gras! Galveston website by clicking here.
Galveston’s 106th Mardi Gras celebration is expected to attract 300,000 visitors for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls.
And all of the major attractions will have Mardi Gras 2017 Specials that include fireworks, dancing, and music. To get
the best deals I would suggest you visit any attraction's website
you plan of visiting and also stop by the Galveston Island Visitors Center, 2328 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550.
They have a toll free number for more information, (888)425-4753.
A few things to keep in mind on any visit to
Galveston Island, come early and make sure you park where you should, and be
safe. Crowds can get over 100,00 people even on the non holiday
haven't been to Galveston since July of 2013, there are new
parking laws and fees on the Seawall. The daily rate is $8 per day or you can get a annual pass for $25.
Since the ticket runs about $17, paying the parking fee is the
cheaper route for sure.
other daytime events, there are many local tours such as the
Moody Mansion tours that are great any time. There are so many
things to do in Galveston regardless of the season or weather. Just
wandering the Strand and seeing the different boutiques and
specialty shops with everything from vintage candy to the latest
fashions is fun too. If you've never been to the Galveston Cruise Terminal
it's two blocks north of the Strand and is a great place to go
watch the cruise ships come and go. There are several bars and restaurants
to the east where you can watch all the boat traffic coming and
Galveston offers more than 30 miles of beaches (You can go
find out all about any of the beaches in Galveston at the bottom
of this page)
and many different things to do and see. From the historic Strand shopping area to the many art galleries and museums, there's something of interest for just about any
visitor on a Galveston vacation. There are several child
friendly destinations like Moody Gardens and their replica of a Tropical Rain Forest,
Aquarium and many outdoor attractions that celebrate water and
I was down in the Strand
shopping area the other day having lunch with some friends at the Star
Drug Store. The Star Drug
Store is a great place to eat and they have a legit Soda
Fountain. The Star Drug Store is the oldest drug store in
Texas and is located a few blocks from the Galveston
Cruise Terminal. It's definitely worth stopping by if you
remember the old days of soda fountains
at local drug stores like
cherry or vanilla cokes. They also have one of the best
hamburgers in the Strand shopping area.
So when we came out after
lunch we noticed that a Royal
Caribbean Cruise Ship had pulled into port. You forget how
big these ships are and this one looks like it's coming
right down the street. Those building in the shot are 4
and 5 stories tall and the cruise ship dwarfs them even
from 3 blocks away.
Galveston Cruise business is growing by leaps and bounds and is
very popular. There are now 5 different cruise lines and ships
that call Galveston home. Two of the cruise ships are less than a
year old and have every possible feature available. Although the
Carnival Triumph had quite an adventure on February 13th in 2014,
that is the exception rather than the norm. You can learn
more about Galveston Cruises right here: Galveston
information on many of the popular Galveston vacation packages, attractions,
cruises, and different accommodations from motels, hotels, Bed and
Breakfast facilities, and beach house rentals. Each can provide a
unique experience depending on what you want from your Galveston
Vacation. Our two most popular web pages are highlighted below.
And just look to the upper left corner for other specific pages on
Beaches & Beach House Rentals
And Galveston Island is all about
the beaches, the most popular natural beach area in Texas. We have
all the information and rules you need about all the beach areas,
and there are quite a few. Many have very specific rules and also designed
for people with children, live music, liquor, and etc. Go to this
page to find everything you need to know:
Another popular and more
economical way to stay in Galveston is to rent a beach house.
Families can save money and stay within walking distance or closer
to the beach. It does pay big time to do a little research on
size, location, and of course cost. You can learn all about the
best way to get a great Beach House rental here: Galveston
Beach House Rentals
If you have
Galveston Vacation questions, we have some helpful answers, just
of to our contact page and send us an email and we'll do our best
to get you some answers.
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