The “Queen City of the Gulf,” as long-ago residents used to call it, is still tops when it comes to sun, sand and seafood. With 32 miles of shoreline and a fun-loving attitude to go with it, Galveston backs up its claim as one of the country’s best beach destinations. Toss in historical charm and an endless supply of outdoor activities, and you’ve got a Gulf Coast getaway you won’t want to miss.
Best Beaches in Texas
Each of Galveston’s seven beaches has a different personality, and you’ll want to try them all. From the family-friendly vibe of Stewart Beach to East Beach’s party hard mentality, fun in the sun awaits whether you’re catching a tan, a musical performance or the annual sandcastle competition. Thankfully, escaping the sun is easy at the one-of-a-kind attractions in the nearby downtown district. Moody Gardens, an educational theme park featuring immersive aquarium and rainforest exhibits, is surely the most entertaining conservation initiative you’ll ever see. The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier boasts carnival rides and roller coasters that soar over the water, while the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark lets you cool off while you enjoy everything from relaxing lazy rivers to the world’s tallest water coaster.
Paddling and Casting
With the Gulf on one side and the bay on the other, Galveston Island State Park is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the waterways that surround the island. Shore fishing is a classic pastime on the beach side, while kayak fishing is the most popular way to find your catch in the calm breakwaters of the bay. On either side, skilled anglers can land speckled trout, redfish and flounder. Try the banks of Lake Como or the boardwalk at Butterowe Bayou for more opportunities. Of course, as chartering a boat in the marina for a deep-sea excursion is a must for trophy-size catches. For an outdoor adventure away from the crowds, try the East End Lagoon Preserve, where you can canoe or kayak in quiet coves brimming with wildlife.
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