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Summertime Getaway: Galveston Island

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Nothing says “summertime” like a trip to the beach! Pack up the car, load in the kids, and head on down to Galveston for a fun-filled trip to play in the surf and sand.

Along the way you might want to stop at Schlitterbahn Water Park to spend the afternoon cooling off after the drive. This 26-acre oasis of thrilling waterpark adventures features more than 30 attractions. Bad weather? No worries! There’s a 70,000 square-foot indoor waterpark that offers more than a dozen heated water adventures including four tube slides, three speed slides, three kids’ activity areas, a secluded beach, a heated pool, a man-made surfing wave, and the Torrent tidal wave river. You can even bring your own picnic lunch/dinner into the park.

If you love marine life, check out the Eco Dolphin Tour where you and the family ride on a pontoon boat through the bay, learn about the ship channel, and watch a pod of dolphins swim right next to the boat. You’ll be amazed by their beauty! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Probably the most recognizable architectural feature as you enter Galveston are the pyramids of Moody Gardens. These picturesque structures house a 1.5 million gallon aquarium filled with penguins, sting rays, sharks and more, and a rainforest with river otters, monkeys and alligators. Visitors can walk through these true-to-life replicas at their own pace, enjoying the wildlife and learning about their habitats. Then head over to the discovery museum to learn about the human body. The bone exhibit teaches both young and old about the importance of bone health, good nutrition, and advances in orthopedic technology. Finally, stop in the 3-D or 4-D movie theaters to cool off and be entertained with special movies shown on the largest screen in Texas.

Finally, view the shoreline from a unique vantage point – atop a horse with Galveston Island Horse and Pony Rides. Choose from a guided beach ride or private sunset tour. Don’t worry if you’re not a great rider, the horses are specially selected and trained by professionals.

These are just a few highlights of what to do on Galveston Island. For more information, check out our next blog on Galveston coming soon, or visit galveston.com.