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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Have Fun In This Tourist Town

It seems like there’s never a dull moment — or weekend — in Galveston. With Mardi Gras in the rearview mirror, spring break is now in full swing.

Spring break is a time of year I’m glad to live in a place where many others choose to vacation. If you’re staying on the island or if you’re getting some visitors of your own this week, there’s plenty to do — rain or shine.

Stewart Beach and East Beach opened for the season on Saturday. Visitors to the beach parks can take advantage of restrooms, showers, beach chair rentals, volleyball courts, snack bars and other concessions, including horseback riding and helicopter tours.

If you’re looking for a little friendly competition, round up the family and head out to Stewart Beach on March 17 to participate in the Galveston Family Beach Challenge. This free event, that takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will transform a portion of Stewart Beach into a giant obstacle course, allowing families to compete in life-size versions of classic favorites like giant Jenga and dominoes, sack races and sandcastle building. Participants will have the chance to win the grand prize of a $500 gift card plus tickets to popular Galveston attractions. For rules and to register in advance, visit

Venture west and have some fun at the Galveston Island State Park. Here, you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities that are free to participate in. While each person 12 and older must pay a $5 entry fee to get into the park, families can enjoy beachcombing, geocaching, birding, nature field trips, and fishing at no cost.

Many of Galveston’s popular attractions will be open daily during spring break. At Moody Gardens, visitors can explore the newly redesigned Aquarium Pyramid (which completed a $37 million renovation in 2017). Schlitterbahn Galveston’s indoor water park will be open daily through March 17 and on weekends for the rest of the month. The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park also will be open through March 17.

To keep costs down when visiting Galveston’s many attractions, take advantage of Island Pass. You can save as much as 40 percent when you purchase four or more attractions. For information, visit

“When you’re a tourist in your own town, you can really appreciate all that’s available to you,” Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun said. “I encourage island residents to revisit some of Galveston’s great attractions and gain a new appreciation for what we have here.”

Park board meetings are typically held at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 601 23rd St. in Galveston.


Mary Beth Bassett is the public relations coordinator for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees.

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