Kick off your Spring Break season with shopping, museums, beaches and other island fun in Galveston throughout March 2020.
With Spring Break upon us, there’s no better time to ease into springtime splendor and enjoy a little sun on the Gulf shores of Galveston.
Filled with must-see attractions, museum experiences, shopping on The Strand and beautiful beaches, Galveston Island offers plenty of warmer weather fun. Scroll below to check out some of the Spring Break highlights across the Island.
Sunshine Fun on the Shore
With the arrival of Spring Break, Galveston welcomes visitors from all over to the island’s fun and relaxing shores, including the reopening of the city’s largest public beach parks, Stewart Beach and East Beach.
Visitors to the popular sandbar destinations can enjoy shore-side perks like restrooms, showers, beach chair rentals, volleyball courts, snack bars and other concessions, including horseback riding and helicopter tours.
If you want your day at the beach to have a competitive twist for the whole family, then swing through Stewart Beach on Sunday, March 22 for the Galveston Family Beach Challenge. From 11am to 5pm, families will compete in a giant obstacle course, including life-size versions of Jenga and dominoes, as well as sack races and sandcastle building. Grand prize honors will take home a $500 gift card plus tickets to popular Galveston attractions.
Signature Island Attractions
Throughout Spring Break, many of the most popular attractions on Galveston Island will be open daily through Sunday, March 22, including Schlitterbahn Galveston’s indoor water park, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and many of the city’s historic mansions and museums including the 1892 Bishop’s Palace and Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.
Moody Gardens, also open daily through Spring Break, will be unveiling several new attractions, including the 3D film Expedition Chesapeake starring Jeff Corwin, Aquaman: The 4D Experience, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the Discovery Pyramid.
Making Your Way Downtown
If you’re on the hunt for fun away from the shore, then the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District offers what you’re looking for.
Visitors can stroll along Strand Street and duck into magnificent Victorian architecture that houses beloved restaurants, museums, and shops—including the ever-popular sweetery known as LaKing’s Confectionary.
Throughout Postoffice Street and the surrounding district, more than twenty art galleries offer a chance to take in fine art, sculpture and photography from within beautifully restored historic buildings.
And the charming Saengerfest Park at 23rd and Strand provides a great place to relax among a life-size chessboard and Galveston mural, or take in live entertainment, including a free concert by singer-songwriter Mike Stinson on Saturday, March 14 at 6pm.
Stepping into Nature
A few miles south of Galveston, just outside Jamaica Beach, Galveston Island State Park offers 2,000 acres of natural Gulf shore beauty and a wide variety of outdoor activities that are free to participate in.
Entry to the park is $5 for each person over the age of 12, which then allows for beach combing, hiking, geo-caching, kayaking, birding, nature field trips and fishing at no extra cost.
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