Courtesy Galveston CVB
Walkin’ the winter isle!
Mardi Gras Galveston is the largest event held on the island and is the third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Held during the two weeks before Lent, the festive celebration includes colorful parades, parties and other merriment.
Being on the Gulf Coast, Galveston is known for its seafood. The city has many food festivals, for example, the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival, the Galveston Food and Wine Festival and the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival.
Galveston is located on a natural bird migration path and hosts several birding events throughout the year, including a major spring birding festival called FeatherFest.
During the holidays, Galveston is known as the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas. More than 1,000 holiday events, are held November through New Year’s Day; two popular events are the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens and the Victorian festival Dickens on the Strand.
Other major events held in Galveston are the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally, the Grand Kids Festival and the Galveston Island Historic Homes Tour.
Seafood and eat it!
Galveston’s culinary specialty, of course, is seafood. There are excellent restaurants located in historic downtown Galveston, on Pier 21 along Galveston’s harbor and on the beachfront Seawall Boulevard. Some popular choices on the island are Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, EatCetera, Rudy and Paco, the Mosquito Café, the Lunchbox Café, 901 Postoffice, Luigi’s Italian Restaurant and Shrimp N Stuff.
The island’s resort hotels also house top-quality restaurants, such as the Steakhouse at the San Luis Resort, Shearn’s Restaurant at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Bernardo’s Restaurant at Hotel Galvez.
In the moody!
For a small island, Galveston has so much to offer.
One of our most popular group tour attractions is adventure resort Moody Gardens. With its three large glass pyramid buildings, Moody Gardens is home to one of the largest aquariums in the state and a tropical rain-forest replica with plants and animals from around the world, and even free-roaming animals like monkeys, sloths and birds. Moody Gardens also has 3-D, 4-D and Ridefilm theaters; the Discovery Museum; Palm Beach, a paradise water park for those extended family visits; and the Colonel Paddlewheel boat, one of the best ways to cruise scenic Offatts Bayou.
If your group enjoys fun in the sun, don’t miss the nearby Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, where speed slides, pipelines and more provide the entertainment.
Opened in May, Galveston’s newest attraction is the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Reminiscent of the pleasure pier that was built on the island in the 1940s, the new pier includes 16 rides, a full-service restaurant, midway games, shops and live entertainment.