Spring Break on Galveston Island!

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It’s FINALLY here!  Check out what’s going on this week:

March 11 – Family Day at the Ocean Star Drilling Rig & Museum
Children 18 years and younger are FREE with a paying adult! This month it’s “Derrick of Distinction”  – build your own oil derrick!

March 11 & 18- Beach Exploration Guided Tour
Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. Tour activities include hands-on seining, searching for ghost crabs and beachcombing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

March 12 & 19 – Bay Exploration Guided Tour
Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay.   Tour activities include hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance  of FoGISP volunteers.

Build-Your-Own Break!
Here are some of our favorite things to do!
– Artist Boat – Ecological Tours via kayak. Something for all skill levels!
– Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier – Fun for all ages! Rides, midway games & live music.
– The Grand 1894 Opera House – The Rob Landes Trio, 42nd Street, and more! Check out their schedule for the week

Galveston’s a Winter Wonder Island!

Galveston is full of fun holiday events this winter – and there are some you definitely shouldn’t miss!  A few of our favorites are coming up this week:

Dec. 2 – 4:  Dickens on the Strand
This family-friendly Victorian holiday festival is an annual favorite full of period costumes, parades, live music, themed food & drink vendors, a great selection of Victorian-inspired shopping stops, and more! Check out the newly expanded Oliver’s Alley hosted by the Galveston Children’s Museum.

Dec. 2 & 3: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Performed at the historic The Grand 1894 Opera House, this fresh adaptation includes stunning sets, traditional carols, and a timeless message. Tickets available now.

festival-of-lightsThrough Jan. 8:  Festival of Lights
Enjoy more than one million lights within 100 sound enhanced animated displays, plus nightly live entertainment! Don’t miss the ice rink (skate rentals available), the Arctic Slide, or photo ops with Santa.  Full schedule and ticket information available here.

We hope to see you out enjoying all that our Winter Wonder Island has to offer during your Sand `N Sea vacation!

 

 

Mardi Gras! Galveston – The Fun Marches On

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Whew!  We had an awesome time last weekend as we began our 115th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration!  What about you?

Did you miss it?  (How COULD you!!) 😉  Don’t worry! The party continues through February 9, and there are still plenty of festivities for you to take part in.  Our “Must Attends” for the second weekend are:

February 6 @ 9:00 a.m. & 11 a.m.:  Krewe d’Espirit Rosaire Battle of the Bands* (9 a.m.) & Parade* (11 a.m.) – Marching bands from the Houston-Galveston area will perform and compete for the coveted trophy during the Battle of the Bands. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m., and includes Krewe royalty, motorcycle groups, drill teams, boats, and more!  Immediately following the parade, the “Yard Party” at Jack Johnson Park begins! More bead throwing, more music and food and drinks for sale and plenty of FUN!

February 6 @ 6:30 p.m.: Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade, viewers will enjoy spectacular floats, marching bands, beads, and more!

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February 7 @ 1:00 p.m.: Krewe of Barkus & Meow Parade* – The Galveston Island Humane Society hosts this a-meow-zing parade full of pets decked out in their Mardi Gras finest!  Registration details and forms can be found online – this is a great one to participate in!

February 7 @ 2:00 p.m.: Children’s Parade* – the Firefighters Local 571 hosts this parade with costumed kids and decorated floats.

*Family Friendly for All Ages

DON’T FORGET….we have a rental special going on!  Book a getaway of a minimum stay of 2 nights for any time before March 7, 2016, and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book today!

Now we just need to figure out what we’re going to do with all of these beads…

115th Mardi Gras! Galveston

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!  The 115th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration is kicking off this weekend, and we are SO ready!

Rumor has it there’s going to be more than 3 million beads, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties, 5 masked balls, and more than 30 live concerts over the course of the celebration (January 29 – February 9, 2016) on Galveston Island. Headliners this year include Collective Soul, Cory Morrow, and Candyland & Fightclvb.

Some of our “Must Attends” for the first weekend include:

January 29 @ 8 p.m.: Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade – Dance and twirl your way along this fun parade route.  This free event is the perfect excuse to have a lot of fun and get down with your friends, family, coworkers, or whoever!  Reserve your spot soon.

January 30 @ 11 a.m.: Mardi Gras! Galveston Official 5K – Grab your posse and enjoy a leisurely crawl or an intense run along this course through Downtown Galveston.  Open to all ages and levels.  Register online.

January 30 @ 1 p.m:  5th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade – Roll your way through Historic Downtown Galveston with your friends and family on your glammed out golf cart!  Register your stunning ride today.

And the FREE and Family Friendly parades on January 31 include:
@ 1 p.m.: The Sunshine Kids Parade
@ 3 p.m.: The Shriners Hospital for Children Parade

AND….we have a rental special going on!  (as though you needed another excuse to take off for the weekend!)  Book a Mardi Gras getaway in one of our vacation rentals.  Book a minimum stay of 2 nights for anytime January 19 – March 7, 2016, and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book today!

It’s Festival Season on Galveston!

It’s Fall!!  Don’t get us wrong – we love summers on the island.  However, if pressed, we might admit to loving October/November even more (shhhhh!). There’s something about a steady forecast of 80 – 90 degrees with a cool breeze, endless blue skies, and the less-busy beaches that really speaks to us.  Plus, it seems like there’s a festival (and festival food!) almost every weekend!

ARToberfest  – October 17 & 18
Island Oktoberfest – October 23 & 24
Mini Monster Bash –  October 31
Lone Star Rally rolls into town November 4 – 8…whew!

AND all of the “regularly scheduled” monthly entertainments are still happening: Music Night on the Strand, Island Market, ArtWalk, Family Day at the Ocean Star Museum, and more…

…excuse us while we head downtown to invest in some new walking shoes!