74 Excellent Reasons to Go to Galveston
You don’t go to Galveston nearly as much as you should. Sure, the water is “dirty,” and the sand isn’t fluffy and white, and it's not stick-thin like the islands in Michael Bay movies -- but it does have tasty food, great drinks, and some amazing events. In fact, there are at least 74 killer reasons to recommend it...
1. It’s a vacation destination only one hour away
So why not?
2. It has 32 miles of beach
That’s a lot of beach.
3. The beautiful water will bring out the color of your eyes
... so long as your eyes are brown.
4. It’s cheap
Think Houston happy hour prices, all the time. Except when it's happy hour in Galveston, when it’s somehow even cheaper.
5. It’s been named the #1 place to live in Texas
It claims this island has more nightlife per capita than anywhere else in Texas.
6. You can show up late (except when meeting for drinks)
It’s a thing known as “island time.”
7. Take photos at the Galveston Cemetery while the flowers are in bloom
Its pretty and you are guaranteed double-digit likes on Instagram.
8. Explore the Moody Gardens pyramids
There is a rainforest pyramid & an aquarium pyramid, both of which are great. Doesn’t matter how old you are, monkeys and sharks are always cool.
9. Step away from the salt water and get to Schlitterbahn Waterpark
It has a wave pool AND a lazy river. Just remember not to run around the pool.
10. Fly a kite
Why not? It’s cool to do it at the beach (kinda), and with fewer power lines than Houston, it's safer, too.
11. Check out the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
It’s actually interesting, and if you live in Houston you should probably know what all this oil & gas stuff is about.
12. Get some history
There is lots of it in Galveston. Pirate ships (or boats that look like pirate ships), massive old mansions, churches, Victorian homes, and more all scattered about the island.
13. Hit the Pleasure Pier
Sounds dirty, but it’s not. Its big and long and you can ride all you want for around $30.
14. Let Fido roam
The miles of beach are open to your pooch. Just please bring plastic bags...
15. Mosquito Cafe
Right up the street from Sunflower, with more of a deli feel. Check out the tuna sandwich. Make sure to order it rare.
Dickens on the Strand
Lone Star Rally
Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival
Mardi Gras Galveston
Yaga's Children's Fund Wild Game BBQ Cook-Off
Galveston Food & Wine Festival
Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest
Fish charters typically have a limit (depending on regulations). Become a commercial fisherman for a day and load your freezer.
42. Escape it all and go on a cruise
Galveston is becoming one of the largest cruise ports in the USA.
43. Hike through Galveston State Park
44. Learn to surf
You are thinking, “there is no surf in Galveston,” but you are wrong, my friend. It may not be like when you play Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer, but there ARE waves in Galveston.
45. Too flat to surf? Paddleboard.
Galveston Paddleboard Center will set you up with lessons and a board.
46. Go sailing
There are multiple options available to learn or rent.
47. Bar cycling
Rent a bike and bar-hop along the beach. Beware and be careful: the seawall gets narrower and narrower as imbibing continues...
48. Get your ass kicked in sand volleyball
If you are competitive, Stewart Beach has sand v-ball tournaments just about every other week, or just go at other times and see if you can hit it over the net.
49. BIKINI CONTESTS!
They happen at least once a month, and that’s at least one reason per month that you should go to Galveston.
50. Take a Segway tour on Seawall
Make sure to bring your helmet and elbow pads... and flask.
51. Play seagull roulette
Stand in a circle with your closest friends. Take turns tossing up Cheez-Its and watch as every seagull on the island flocks to you. First one to get crapped on loses.
52. Take a badass Jet Boat ride
180-degree spins while going like 1,000mph. Or at least that’s what it feels like.
53. Run/walk/bike the Galveston Seawall
... or don’t and just watch people that do. If you choose exercise, there are 5Ks associated with just about all the festivals.
54. Go birding
Galveston is a birders paradise.
55. Sunflower Cafe
A small bakery that is a must-hit for its tasty breakfasts. Chicken hash is what you want.
56. Rainforest Cafe
It may be a chain, but this one has a volcano on top that shoots fire.
Off the beaten path on the West end, but worth the drive for the best burger on the island.
58. Queens Bar-B-Que
Ordering the Turkey Cliffhanger on a jalapeño bun will teach you the meaning of life. The jalapeño bun part of this is crucial.
Another tasty b-fast spot. The Papas breakfast is traditional, but delicious. The French toast may cause cardiac arrest, but you will die happy.
60. Head to Maceo’s Spice & Import Co.
... for a sandwich done SERIOUSLY right. Picture the tastiest sandwich ever, and then make that taste even better. That is what this place has done here.
61. Get the Hangover Helper Bowl at Farley Girls
Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, avocado, salsa & pepper Jack. Wash it down with some Pedialyte and you will be fired up for some day drinking on the beach.
62-72. Check out our Galveston Drinking Guide for 11 more great reasons to visit Galveston
They were delicious last year, and are still delicious this year!
73. Drink at one of Houston’s top breweries, Galveston Island Brewing
74. Go to some pool bars
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Sam Davenport is a slightly biased former Galveston resident and Texas A&M Galveston grad. Help make him Insta-famous at @davenport_sam.