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Five New Things to Do in Galveston This Summer

GALVESTON, Texas (March 13, 2015)
While you are taking that long awaited vacation this summer, experience life on island time. Galveston Island’s enchanting views of sparkling waters and sandy shores are just a couple of reasons why time seems to stand still in this historic beach town.

While relaxing along 32 miles of beaches is worth the trip alone, it’s only the beginning. Here’s a look at new things to do on the island this summer:
1. Explore New SpongeBob Subpants Attraction at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens will take you on an “undersea” voyage with the debut of its newest attraction, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, opening May 23 over Memorial Day weekend. Featured at Moody Gardens’ Discovery Pyramid, this Ridefilm Theater attraction will take you on a 4-D film experience to join your favorite friends from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants for a submarine adventure to Bikini Bottom. At each show, a live, costumed SpongeBob character will start the interactive experience before asking you to choose which location you’d like to visit on your “underwater” ridefilm journey. Before stepping into the theater, you can see and learn about marine life and participate in hands-on activities. In the theater, you will experience exciting 4D sensory elements, such as wind, seat sensors, bubbles, leg ticklers and scents that make the aquatic town come to life.

2. Take a Free Brewery Tour Offered by Galveston Island Brewing
If you have ever wondered what makes a craft beer so unique, now is your chance to find out. New this summer, Galveston Island Brewing will offer free, behind-the-scenes tours highlighting the process of making beer from "grain to glass." After the tour, visitors can sample exclusive beers in the brewery’s tap room or enjoy the brewery’s outdoor yard area complete with playground, yard games and "sundowner seats" for enjoying Galveston's beautiful sunsets. For details, visit

3. See World’s Largest Collection of Southwestern Artifacts at Bryan Museum
A new museum showcasing the world’s largest private collection of Southwestern historical artifacts will tentatively open this June in Galveston, showcasing 70,000 rare items spanning more than 400 years. The Bryan Museum will feature a variety of rare pieces from the pre-Columbian period to the present, including the Joel Robison sword, used to aid in the capture of Santa Anna after the Battle of San Jacinto in April 1836; the only medal awarded for bravery by the Confederate government; an original copy of the Nina Expedition of 1812; and original correspondence from the pirate Jean Lafitte. The museum will also store Maxfield Parrish murals, which were painted in 1914 and have only been on exhibit four times throughout history. The murals were painted to decorate a room in Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Long Island estate. The Bryan Museum is located at the former landmark Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st Street.

4. New Eats & Treats In Downtown Galveston
No trip to Galveston is complete without treating yourself to the island’s signature cuisine: fresh Gulf seafood. Luckily, local restaurant staple Shrimp N’ Stuff has opened a new location downtown at 216 23rd Street. The new eatery still offers Creole-inspired favorites, including some of the best po-boys, gumbos and seafood dinners on the island, but in a more upscale atmosphere in the heart of the historic Strand district. In addition, Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream recently opened its new location on Postoffice Street, serving up unique, homemade flavors of ice cream, snow cones and other frozen treats. For more information, visit and

5. Take a ‘Fantastic’ Scavenger Hunt Tour
Visitors to Galveston have a new, engaging way to explore the island! Fantastic Galveston Race is offering a new island tour that comes in the form of a scavenger hunt game. The tour is designed to introduce you to some of the island’s unique sites and attractions by participating in teams and following clues in search of hidden treasures. The tour comes with complimentary beverages and snacks with the winning team being awarded a prize.

For new experiences at Galveston lodging venues, visit the new Doubletree by Hilton Galveston Beach Hotel which opened to the public in February 2015. Or, stay at the waterfront Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21, which recently unveiled a full renovation. For a full list of accommodations venues and for more information on Galveston, visit

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 or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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