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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
New in Galveston: Tall Ships, Nature Tours, Thrill Rides and More
Galveston to Host "Tall Ships America" Festival and Third Coast Music Festival PLUS New Attractions
GALVESTON, Texas (February 6, 2018) – With new special events, expanded tours and attractions, Galveston will offer exciting experiences for visitors this spring.
Tall Ships Challenge Coming to Galveston in 2018
For the first time in history, Tall Ships America will bring its Tall Ships Challenge Series of tall ships races and port festivals to the Gulf of Mexico, starting with Galveston Island. Tall Ships Galveston will make its debut April 5-8, 2018 with a fleet of visiting tall ships to Galveston’s historic waterfront. This new festival will include ship tours, sail-away excursions, music, food and other special events in a family friendly environment. Galveston Island will serve as the first of four port stops in the 2018 challenge. For details, visit
Galveston to Host New Third Coast Music Festival in 2018
Galveston will host the new Third Coast Music Festival in 2018. The festival will take place April 26-29 featuring 40 bands and 50 shows representing numerous genres in venues across the city. Unlike most music festivals typically held in a field setting, this event  offers a unique experience for guests to hear some of the nation’s best live music while taking in various venues and locations in Galveston. Also, the 10th annual Galveston Island Beach Revue will return on Saturday as a festival highlight with a free afternoon of vintage-inspired music, and the world famous Bathing Beauties contest. For details, visit
Galveston Offers New Birding Tours
Did you know that more than 300 species of birds reside or travel through Galveston every year? Or that the island is located on the trans-Gulf bird migration route?  Indeed, these are a couple of reasons the island is one of the top locations for bird-watching in the United States. Visitors now have a new way to explore this fascinating aspect of the island with birding tours offered by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council. These tours feature the island’s top birding hot spots and take visitors to see, learn about and photograph rare and unique birds up close and personal. For details, visit
Galveston’s New Shark Attack Attraction Offers Chills and Thrills
It’s hard to miss the huge shark jutting out of the building across from the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. At this 5D experience, visitors watch a massive, angry shark attempt to break through what appears to be aquarium glass. The floor moves and water splashes as the shark thrashes and gets more agitated. The attraction also features a ride on a mine car into “The Mysterious Underworld.”  During the virtual eight-minute adventure, guests’ seats swing and sway, simulating a heart-racing ride in a trolley through a forgotten mine. For details, visit
Galveston’s History Comes to Life with New Home-School Curriculum
Area teachers and home-school families with children ages five to 13 can now experience Galveston’s exciting history as an important port city, storm survivor and gateway for immigrants to the South. Galveston now offers a two-day, hands-on curriculum that is TEKS certified, and fun! Students will be able to visit and learn about historic attractions including the Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, The Bryan Museum, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig, the Pier 21 Theater screening of The Great Storm, The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, and Gateway to the Gulf, and more. For details, visit
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, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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