The obvious thing to do in Galveston this summer is to hit the beach. No doubt that is always an amazing experience. But there is so much more to try this summer. Here are our top 5 picks.
Galveston Tree Sculpture Tour. After Hurricane Ike, island residents worked with area sculptors to transform damaged oak trees into breathtaking tree sculptures that are now the focus of the Galveston Tree Sculptures Tour. The 30-plus sculptures are tucked into gardens and nestled in side yards throughout the island’s East End Historic District for the public to enjoy and find.
ArtWalk. Held every six weeks, ArtWalk is a free event where Galveston’s downtown art galleries open their doors to the public for an evening of art viewing, live entertainment a,nd refreshments from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturdays. The Galveston Arts Center hosts this event March through November.
Birding Classes. Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the United States with more than 300 species of birds that migrate through the island during spring and fall migrations. Moody Gardens and the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council host a series of free “Birding 101” classes to educate and excite people about the bird life on the island. For more information, visit moodygardens.
Visit Galveston Museums. Galveston is home to many wonderful museums. A new pirate museum, Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast, recently opened on the Strand. Downtown is also home to the Galveston Railroad Museum, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Pier 21 Theater, Texas Seaport Museum and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. The nearby Rosenberg Library Museum on Sealy Street is free!
- Kayaking. As the name implies the trail is found in waters that surround Galveston Island State Park. Because most of trails are protected by breakwater, the water is usually calm and makes for excellent paddling. Paddlers can choose from three different trails that vary in length from 2.6 to 4.8 miles. Paddlers can also take a hike along the dunes on the Gulf side.
Thanks to galveston.com for their trip planning tips that contributed to this article.