Summer Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend

Say Hello to Summer in Galveston, Texas

Summer Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend

Summer Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend

If you failed to book your Galveston getaway for Memorial Weekend, remember it’s just the start of summer. You still have a little time to get some sand between your toes and enjoy all this Texas coastal treasure has to offer. But, if you want your pick of vacation rentals, book early! 

Of course, Galveston’s beaches are the #1 reason people choose the island so make sure to allocate plenty of time to relax or play at the beach. 

Beyond the beach, here are some suggestions on what to include as part of your summer getaway:

Schlitterbahn Waterpark, 2109 Gene Lucas Blvd.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston is now open. Sure there’s the beach but there’s nothing better than a waterpark. And, Schlitterbahn Galveston is one of the best in the country. The park is divided into three sections, Wasserfest (the indoor area), Blastenhoff, and Surfenburg. Look for MASSIV in Blastenhoff. It’s one of the tallest water coasters in the world, standing at 82 feet, 6.72 inches. Please note that guests now make reservations for the park. Tip: Food and drink are available, but you can also bring your own picnic. 

Palm Beach at Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd. 

Palm Beach at Moody Gardens is now open. If you’re wondering what makes Palm Beach so special it’s the setting and the amenities. You’ll find a lazy river, wave pool, tower slides, splashpad, and aquarium adventure. Get there early and grab your beach chair and umbrella. It’s first-come, first-serve. Plus, there are bathrooms and showers. Tip: The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat at Moody Gardens offers dinner cruises every other weekend. 

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd.

Nothing is more Instagram-worthy than the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The Pleasure Pier offers 16 rides, a midway, shops, and food. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon or an evening when it’s all lit up. Make sure to take a ride on the Galaxy Ferris Wheel for the most picturesque view of Galveston. 

Summer Movies on the Lawn at The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street

The Bryan Museum is bringing more than history to the island this summer, it’s hosting movies on the lawn. Arrive early for a good seat and bring your own chair or blanket. Concessions and drinks are available for purchase. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. Check their website for their summer movie schedule.

We hope you make the most of your Galveston getaway with these tips for summer on the island. 

Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 200 properties across the island to suit any taste and budget. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to help.

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Christine 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