New Beaches, Restaurants & Attractions in Galveston for 2016 Spring and Summer Travel Seasons
GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (Jan. 26, 2016) – If cooler temps have you singing the winter blues, look to the horizon and head for the beach! Just in time for your spring break and summer getaways, Galveston Island will offer travelers plenty of new reasons to visit in 2016, including brand new beaches, attractions, restaurants and more.
Here’s a look at new things to do on the island this coming travel season:
Relax on Galveston’s New Beaches
Spring break and summer vacation mean fun in the sun and surf. Luckily, Galveston recently unveiled 15 blocks of brand new beaches. The new beach, located on a stretch of the Seawall west of 61st Street, provides more space for visitors to relax in the sun, play a game of volleyball or simply wander the coast. Another beach expansion project – this time along the Seawall between 61st and 12th Streets – is expected to be complete in 2016. www.galvestonbeachinfo.com
Get Thrilled! Schlitterbahn to Open World’s Tallest Watercoaster
Thrill seekers are in luck! Galveston will become home to the world’s tallest watercoaster in 2016. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will open the new ride this summer, offering thrill seekers a daring water ride. Unlike a waterslide, a watercoaster is designed to send riders on both downhill and uphill experiences while on the ride. Schlitterbahn will release more details about this exciting new attraction this spring. www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston
Visit Galveston’s Newest Green Space: Hendley Green
The island’s newest green space, Hendley Green Park, opened in December, and provides visitors a place to relax after taking in the shops and attractions in historic downtown Galveston. The mini-park, built by the Galveston Historical Foundation, is great for outdoor activities, while also highlighting the history of the Strand-Mechanic Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. A central lawn accommodates guests during events, and is available during non-event times as a gathering place for recreation and seating. A grove of thirty newly-planted oak trees flank the surrounding exterior of Hendley Green, with accompanying tables and umbrellas, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic or walk. www.galvestonhistory.org
Try New Beachfront Restaurants
No trip to Galveston is complete without treating yourself to the island’s signature cuisine: fresh Gulf seafood. Luckily, the island’s culinary landscape continues to see exciting additions, including BLVD. Seafood. The open-kitchen concept is the fifth establishment from the owners of the popular Yaga’s Café, offering fresh, locally sourced seafood under the direction of executive chef Chris Lopez. Located at 28th and Seawall Boulevard, BLVD. provides an upscale, modern dining experience with window views of the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, award-winning Chef Randy Evans, known for his commitment to fresh gulf seafood and local/farm-to-table cuisine has consulted with managing partner, Bryan Davis, for the opening of Ocean Grille & Beach Bar. The menu features fresh seafood, half-pound Wagyu Beef burgers, fresh salads and more.
Sip Your Way through Trendy New Bars in Historic Downtown Galveston
If you have a curious palate for drinks and palette for art, The Proletariat Gallery & Public House is just for you. Located in the heart of historic downtown Galveston, this new trendy bar is a collaborative exhibition space and local hangout dedicated to enhancing the arts. The Proletariat is open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. In early spring, downtown Galveston will become home to Harborside Mercantile, a new bar and restaurant featuring Southern coastal food, wine and beer. The new bar and eatery, located in an historic building on The Strand, will be operated by former Houston restaurant owners Ricky Craig (Hubcap Grill) and Joshua Martinez (Chicken Ranch).
Explore the New “Skeletown” at Moody Gardens
Did you know the human skeletal system consists of 206 bones? How do your joints work? What is Osteoporosis? Learn more about the bones that keep humans and animals moving by visiting Moody Gardens’ new Skeletown exhibit opening March 5. This 6,000-square-feet exhibit will be located in the Moody Gardens Discovery Pyramid, featuring interactive activities and displays that examine bone biology, human and animal bone specimens and how bones are a part of cultures all over the world. Both adults and children can learn about the vital role diet and exercise play in keeping our bones healthy. www.moodygardens.org
Take a Cruise on Recently Added Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean Ships
Treat yourself to a cruise and sail away on one of the Port of Galveston’s newest ships. In May, Galveston will become home to the newest ship in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet when Carnival Breeze is repositioned to Galveston offering year-round itineraries. In March, the Carnival Liberty will also be repositioned to Galveston, joining the Carnival Freedom that began sailing from Galveston in February 2015. In November, the Disney Wonder will return to Galveston, offering a lineup of several seven-night and four-night itineraries through the end of the year. In addition, Royal Caribbean will continue offering year-round sailings from Galveston. Sailing from Galveston provides the added value of pre- and post-cruise entertainment with the island’s historic downtown district, restaurants, shops and attractions located just steps from the Galveston Cruise Terminal. www.galveston.com/cruising
Experience Luxury at the New “The Villas at The San Luis Resort”
For a truly luxurious experience, book a stay at Galveston’s The Villas at The San Luis Resort. This new development opened last summer and includes five private 800-square-foot villas nestled in a quiet corner of the iconic San Luis Resort. The Villas offer a discreet residential setting complete with private in-room check-in. Every villa suite is accessible only through an exclusive entrance and features a king-sized bedroom, three TVs, a deluxe five-fixture bathroom outfitted with a large shower and soaking tub, a private veranda with a hot tub, separate pool area and personal butler service. Unique to The Villas, guests have the option to upgrade their travel arrangements and arrive via luxury helicopter, limo or Bentley. www.sanluisresort.com/thevillas
ABOUT GALVESTON ISLAND
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island. For more information, visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.