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Galveston Kicks off Summer Tourism Season This Weekend

Tourism Officials Expect Busy Summer as Island Offers New Beaches, Attractions

(May 25, 2016) – After setting record visitation last year, Galveston is preparing for a busy summer with the start of its peak tourism season over Memorial Day weekend.

More than 6.4 million travelers visited Galveston last year, and tourism officials expect the trend to continue as the island offers a brand new beach and several new attractions this year.

“More and more people are discovering that Galveston is much more than a beach destination, from our many unique attractions and historic sites to our vibrant culinary scene,” said Kelly de Schaun, executive director of Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The tourism industry is excited to provide even more offerings this year.”

Galveston’s new 15-block beach, officially named “Babe’s Beach” after former Texas senator A.R. ‘Babe’ Schwartz, is located along the seawall west of 61st street. It was the result of a $23 million sand nourishment and beach expansion project completed in November. This week, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association named Babe’s Beach one of the top five Best Restored Beaches in America.

Additionally, visitors to the island will have plenty of new experiences to explore this summer, including:

· MASSIV, the world’s tallest water coaster, will open at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

· Horseback riding at East Beach with Galveston Island Horse & Pony Rides

· Helicopters rides from Stewart Beach with Galveston Helicopters

· Flyboarding excursions with Extreme Water Sports

· Downtown Galveston’s new green space and park, Hendley Green

· Moody Garden’s “Wings of Wonder” bird show

· “Riding the Rails” – a new multi-site tour that showcases Texas railroad history

· Bucket Brigades – free, daily beach tours that highlight marine life in Galveston

· Sunset harbor cruises with Galveston Water Adventures

· Texas Pedal Tours at Pier 21

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Galveston CVB anticipates between 250,000 and 500,000 visitors to the island.

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