Spring is Here in Galveston
Tips for Planning Your March Trip to Galveston
Three cheers for Spring. There’s nothing better than Spring Break in Galveston. The month of March is synonymous with Spring Break fun on the island. If you’re wondering what to do and where to go on Galveston Island during your Spring Break visit, here are our suggestions:
Schlitterbahn Galveston Reopens for Spring
Although most visitors come to Galveston Island for the beach, Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark should be on your list for Spring Break. This award-winning waterpark reopens on Saturday, March 12, and is open daily through Sunday, March 20. After March 20, the park is open on weekends until Memorial Weekend. Check their website for hours and tickets.
Artist Boat Kayak Tours Resume
Have you or your children ever experienced seeing a coastal preserve by kayak? Artist Boat resumes its Coastal Heritage Preserve Tours on Tuesday, March 15 for spring break. After spring break, Artist Boat schedules tours on weekends. Book your spot in advance for this memorable and educational experience.
New Movies at Moody Gardens
While Moody Gardens is known for its Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid, you’ll also love the movies at its 3D and 4D Theaters. New films at Moody Gardens 3D Theater are Sea Lions 3D, Wings Over Water 3D, and Tornado Alley 3D. The 4D Special FX Theater features Mowgli 4D. See film descriptions and schedules on their website.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall
Imagine 16 rides, a midway, food, and a view. You can purchase an all-day pass or tickets to specific rides at the Pleasure Pier. The pier opens at 11 a.m. the week of March 14 so you’ll have all day to enjoy the fun. Also, check out the 5D Theater across the street. Shark Attack and Mysterious Underworld are a ton of fun.
Shows at The Grand 1894 Opera House
You may recognize some names and shows featured at The Grand 1894 Opera House in March. And, if it doesn’t look familiar, check the website for more details. This historic theater is an incredible venue for live performances.
March shows at The Grand:
Sat., March 5, 8 p.m. & Sun, March 6, 3 p.m. – The Texas Tenors – Celebrating the Legends
Sat., March 19, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. – An Officer and a Gentleman
Fri., March 25, 8 p.m. & Sat., March 26, 8 p.m. – Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group
Sun., March 27, 8 p.m. – The Queen’s CartoonistsLive Shows at Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
Attention music lovers! You must plan on purchasing tickets to one of Galveston’s best-kept secrets, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, 413 20th Street. Old Quarter is a listening venue so go for the music, not socializing. It’s off the beaten path but still in the Postoffice Street District.
March shows at Old Quarter Cafe:
Sat., March. 5, 8 p.m. – John Evans Band
Fri., March 11, 8 p.m. – Dallas Burrow
Sat., March 12, 8 p.m. – Wrecks and Janet Bell and Gabe Wooton
Sat., March 19, 8 p.m. – Jason Eady
Sat., March 26, 8 p.m. – Wheatfield
Thu., March 31, 8 p.m. – The Wilder Blue
Galveston Symphony Orchestra at The Grand 1894 Opera House
Now for the classical music lovers, the Galveston Symphony Orchestra performs on Sunday, March 13, at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice. This concert entitled Masterworks II: Passions features Wagner: Overture to “Die Meistersinger;” Korngold: Violin Concerto (Stella Chen, violin); and Shostakovich: Symphony 1. This concert is a fast, fun driving symphony. Galveston Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1979 and is under the musical direction of Trond Saeverud.
Where to Shop and Where to Eat
Every trip to Galveston should include time for shopping and dining. Here are some shops that should be on your list.
Kites Unlimited, 8910 Seawall
There’s nothing quite like flying a kite on the beach during spring break. So make sure to make a stop at Kites Unlimited. The shop offers a colossal variety of kites to help get you started.
Murdochs, 2215 Seawall
Visitors have shopped at Murdochs since 1910. This gift shop offers everything you need to enjoy and remember a beach vacation. You’ll also love the Adirondak chairs in the breezeway, where you can enjoy a cold drink and the sound of the waves.
Bennos Cajun Seawood, 1212 Seawall
Crawfish anyone? Bennos is another Galveston tradition for visitors. Choose from fish, shrimp, crawfish, oysters, and crab dinners. Plus, their boat-shaped patio is a fun spot to eat and enjoy the view.
Marios Seawall Italian and Pizzeria, 628 Seawall Blvd.
Who doesn’t love pizza? This family-owned pizzeria is a must and it’s right on the seawall. Their outdoor patio is a fun spot to enjoy the sunshine and the food. Plus, make sure you treat yourself to the house-made gelato.
The Spot, 3204 Seawall
This restaurant is a burger lover’s dream. But there’s more. There are five venues in this location if you want an adult beverage. The burgers, French fries, and onion rings are incredible. And, they also serve locally-made Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream.
And, if you’re looking for a cool treat after the beach, try Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 6606 Seawall, Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard, 6026 Seawall, Ben & Jerry’s, 4408 Seawall, and Bahama Buck’s, 500 Seawall Blvd.
We hope you enjoy these tips for your February trip to Galveston. Remember, Ryson Vacation Rentals is ready to help you make the most of your vacation rental. The island is ideal for a weekend stay, weekly rental, or month-long getaway.
Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 250 properties across the island that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston this year. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to assist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christine Hopkins is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for ToursByLocals.com.