Five Must-Dos for Celebrating Labor Day in Galveston

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Five Must-Dos for Celebrating Labor Day in Galveston

Labor Day weekend is your opportunity for one last summer escape to Galveston Island before the kids get busy with school and the weather starts to cool off. Celebrating Labor Day in Galveston calls for beaches, burgers, ice cream, and family fun at Schlitterbahn, and Moody Gardens, don’t you think? Here are Five Must-Dos for Celebrating Labor Day in Galveston. 

#1 – The Beach: You’re on an island, so the beach is an absolute must. Don’t forget to bring your favorite beach chairs, beach towels, and don’t forget the sunblock. If the beach is part of your plans during your stay, book a vacation rental with quick beach access. Remember, wherever you stay in Galveston, you’re always close to the beach. 

#2 Burgers: Of course, you can grill your burgers at your vacation rental. But, if you want to venture out, here are some recommendations for burgers.  

If you’re on the west end, try The West End Marina & Restaurants, 21706 Burnet Dr or Nate’s West End Steak & Seafood, 17515 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, or stop by the Shrimp N Stuff Food Truck, 16603 San Luis Pass Rd in Jamaica Beach.  

If you’ve booked your vacation rental in town, popular spots for burgers include The Spot, 3204 Seawall Blvd., Nick’s Kitchen and Beach Bar, 3802 Seawall Blvd, Brews Brothers, 2404 Strand St, Stuttgarden Tavern, 111 23rd St, and Yaga’s Cafe, 2314 Strand St. 

#3 Ice Cream: Everyone needs a little ice cream when they’re visiting the beach. Local favorites include La King’s Confectionery, 2323 Strand St, Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, 2120 Postoffice St, and Star Drug Store, 510 23rd Street. Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard,  6026 Seawall Blvd, is also popular. Here’s a fun fact about La King’s Confectionery: Jack King, the son of a candy maker, opened La King’s in 1976. They use nineteenth-century recipes and authentic equipment for their soda fountain and candy shop. And, they make their ice cream using recipes from Galveston’s former Purity Ice Cream.  

#4 Schlitterbahn Galveston. Well, you’ve been to the beach, so now make time for Schlitterbahn. If you’re adventurous, MASSIV in Blastenhoff is one of the tallest water coasters in the world. Or enjoy a relaxing time floating in their lazy river. Schlitterbahn divides the park into three sections. There are plenty of rides and activities to keep everyone entertained. They even offer cabana rentals. Tip: While food and drink are available for purchase, Schlitterbahn allows guests to bring their own picnic (excluding alcohol and glass containers).    

#5 Moody Gardens Galveston. It’s pretty hard to miss the three pyramids across Offatts Bayou as you drive into Galveston from I-45. Moody Gardens is a family entertainment complex and is your final must-do during Labor Day weekend. Moody Gardens offers a Rainforest, Aquarium, and Discovery Museum. You’ll also find Palm Beach, the Colonel Paddlewheeler, an IMAX Theater, 4D Theater, and a Ropes Course. Moody Gardens also operates a Golf Course. You can easily spend an entire day there. They offer a one-day value pass and memberships if you’re a frequent visitor.   

Make the most of these travel tips and enjoy your getaway in Galveston. Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 200 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. 

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