Galveston Island was recently named one of the “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.” by Trip Advisor, and with a variety of new experiences being offered in 2014, it’s not hard to see why.
When heading to Galveston this summer, the island’s 32 miles of beaches and classic attractions won’t be the only draw. Here’s a look at new things to do on the island.
Explore the New Ropes Course & Zip Line at Moody Gardens
Challenge your agility, balance and strength at Moody Gardens as you encounter the Gulf Coast’s tallest five-tier Sky Trail Explorer Ropes Course and new Zip Line opening May 3. Ranging from Criss-Cross Tight Ropes to Burma Buckets, the 71-foot Ropes Course is filled with 48 fascinating obstacles. Thrill seekers can then glide 60 feet in the air on the Moody Gardens Zip Line for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and tropical gardens. For details, visit www.moodygardens.com.
Get Thrilled with New “Screaming Serpents” Ride at Schlitterbahn
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is opening a new ride this summer, sure to please thrill-seekers looking to beat the heat. The Screaming Serpents ride includes two high-speed body slides wrapped tightly around each other 60 feet in the air. Riders will swish back and forth inside the bellies of the “serpents” and narrowly escape through their giant mouths. Screaming Serpents is a totally immersive thrill slide experience, enhanced by fog, light and sound effects. Translucent multicolored stripes on the slides create light effects throughout the twisting course of the ride. The new attraction opens May 31. For information, visit www.schlitterbahn.com/
Treat Yourself at New Restaurants
The island’s culinary scene is buzzing with the opening of several new restaurants this year. Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood offers big city cuisine with a locally focused menu and waterfront view from Pelican Rest Marina. In addition to its upscale main dining room, Number 13 offers a more casual, outdoor two-story terrace with live music Thursday through Sunday. For details, visit www.number13steak.com. In addition, the San Luis Resort recently opened Blake’s Bistro and the poolside Cup + Cone, serving gelato and other goodies. For details, visit www.sanluisresort.com.
Go on a Paddle Board Excursion
Hit the waves in Galveston this summer on a paddle surfing excursion with Ohana Surf & Skate. Ohana offers a wide selection of stand up paddle boards for all skill levels as well as experienced instructors to guide you along the way. Lessons include one-on-one instruction on the beach and in the water. Visit www.ohanasurfandskate.com for details.
Explore with Marine Biology Tours at the Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston Historical Foundation is offering a new tour to the public this summer. The Marine Biology Tour provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to observe dolphins and other species in their natural habitat, trawl for and handle marine organisms, study plankton through a microscopic lens and explore Galveston Bay’s rich history. The tour takes place twice a month now through August onboard the SEAGULL II catamaran that is docked at the Texas Seaport Museum. The tour is $15 for adults and $12 for youth ages 6 to 18. For reservations, contact the Texas Seaport Museum at 409-763-1877 or visit www.galvestonhistory.org.
For new experiences at Galveston lodging venues, visit the newly renovated Moody Gardens Hotel, which just completed a massive update of its 428 guest rooms, spa and more. Or, stay at the waterfront Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21, which unveiled a full renovation in February.
For a full list of accommodations venues and for more information on Galveston, visit www.galveston.com.