Free Summer Events on Galveston Island

Let’s be honest, everyone loves free stuff, right? Free music, free food, free movies (surely we aren’t the only ones that think theater prices are just a little outrageous – whew!)…anyway, if it’s free you can pretty much assume we’re going to at least try it!

Thankfully, our little gem of an island is jam-packed with awesome FREE events all summer long!

Movie Nite on The Strand  the first Saturday of every month brings a different cinematic adventure to the outdoor screen at Saengerfest Park. Films begin at dusk. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and movie snacks!
June 3Earth to Echo (2014)
July 1National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
August 5The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Galveston Tree Sculpture Tour – take a walking tour and see all of the beautiful sculptures made from oak trees that fell victim to Hurricane Ike in 2008.

TrolleyRide the Trolley along Seawall Boulevard and into Downtown Galveston. This free transport is a great way to see the East End if this is your first time to Galveston! (There are also several stellar local tours  if you prefer sometimes-weird tales & quirky facts that you can then pull out at random times to share with unsuspecting friends & family! Rates are reasonable, but book your tour time in advance!)

Beachfront Fireworks Show – every Sunday night at 9 p.m. at the intersection of 37th Street & Seawall Blvd.  A great way to cap off an evening stroll along the Gulf!

Bucket Brigade Tours – hosted by Artist Boat, these 45 minute tours are offered at various locations and times along the new seawall beach. Check at the closest lifeguard station for daily tour times, or meander down any part of our 32 miles of beaches at your own pace with their Seek & Find Guide.

ArtWalk – happens every six weeks, and is a fabulous excuse to get out and mingle on Saturday night. Wander through Historic Downtown Galveston and stop by the unique galleries, coffee houses and “other walls” that showcase some of the regions best talent. Many venues offer light hors d’oeuvres too (score!). (June 3, July 15, August 26)

Hopefully you get to take advantage of some/all (for you vacation itinerary overachievers) of these great, family-friendly Galveston events!

FREE night on Galveston Island!

Summer vacation is almost over ? but warmer temperatures aren’t going anywhere, apparently!

We want to help you cool off (and sneak in one more weekend on the sand before school starts!) and we’ve got a hot deal to help make it happen! Take advantage of Mid Season rates AND enjoy a FREE* night at a beach house with a minimum two-night stay from August 15 – 29, 2016.

What could be better than extra time at the beach we ask you?! Not much! Well, unless it were extra time at the beach with a frozen lemonade & our favorite paperback, or time at the beach surf fishing while a pod of dolphins chased only the largest fish to our hook, or…well, you get the idea! The beach has it!

*Valid for new stays only, between August 15 and 29, 2016. Stays must be completed by August 29. Minimum 2 paid nights. Not valid with other promotional offers. Not all properties are eligible for this promotion.

Shorter Summer Stays in Galveston

Can’t escape for a full week at the beach this summer? We’ve got the answer… ::drum roll:: … a Shorter Summer Stay! We just released a great selection of vacation homes for stays as short as 3 nights in June. (If you’re part of our mailing list then you found out this awesome news yesterday – ahem!).

beachwithyellowflowersCheck-in and check-out days are totally flexible, and we’ve got beachfront, beachside, and canal front homes with available dates – so there’s bound to be something that works for you! Big houses, cozy cottages, pet-friendly homes, homes with unobstructed Gulf views, hot tubs, you name it! Check out the current list of homes and available dates online.

Can’t book just yet?  Don’t worry! We’ll be adding more homes and more dates as the summer progresses, so as the beach keeps calling your name more insistently be sure to check back!

Shorter Spring Break Getaways on Galveston Island

cute-sun-with-sunglasses-clipart-ytkg5regcHappy Friday!!!  Have you heard? We are now accepting reservations for as few as 3 nights for Spring Break 2016 on Galveston Island!

AND (wait for it…..) we just added several gorgeous new homes to our vacation rental program! Check out some of the highlights below, then visit their pages on our website to reserve one for your Spring Break getaway!

Bay Escape – Bayfront, Sleeps 14, & a Private Pool
Azul Seahorses – Beachfront, Sleeps 10, & a Pool Table
Cool View – Beachside (3rd Row), Sleeps 5, & Dog-Friendly
Casa de Vaca – Beachside (2nd Row), Sleeps 12, & 2 Living Rooms

Be among the first guests we welcome to these beautifully-appointed properties – or search our whole inventory by amenity, location, and size!

Winter on Galveston Island

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Are we right?!?  As “Snowmageddon” is getting ready to turn the East Coast into a big pile of snow, we can’t help but rejoice as we grab our pullover, throw on our flip flops (because, seriously, they are an all-year wardrobe piece – no matter what our mother says) and be SO happy we get to call this Gulf Coast island home!

Even though it’s not quite sunbathing weather, there is still plenty to do!  Today was a great day for shell collecting with the wind blowing the water out and opening up wide stretches of beach. Or, grab a wetsuit and your surfboard for the days with great swells out along the Seawall.

Stop by one of our local restaurants for some warm comfort food, then walk it off while hunting for the perfect treasure in one of the kitschy little shops along The Strand. The Galveston Historical Foundation is hosting a free (with RSVP) winter lecture series that dives into Galveston’s nautical past.  The Grand 1894 Opera House continues its season of awesome programming with the Oak Ridge Boys this weekend.  We are especially intrigued by the Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra of New Zealand performing next month…

There are great programs offered at Galveston Island State Park that is free with park admission, cooking classes at The Kitchen Chick, Winter Texan deals at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, plus…well, you get the idea!

We freely admit that winter is one of our favorite seasons on the island – the weather can still be gorgeous and, without the crowds that summer brings, you get a chance to soak in the beauty at your leisure!

Galveston Vacation Planning – Go!

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2016 Sand `N Sea rental brochures are hitting mailboxes this week!

You know what that means… it’s time to grab that “timely and productive” New Years resolution by the horns and get on 2016 vacation planning!  With 15,451 brochures going out to our guests you need to get your family and friends together soon to get your first choice of vacation rental this summer.  Looking for a large beachfront escape?  We’ve got several!  A cozy canal front spot where the fish are biting?  We’ve got that too.  Pet-friendly homes, homes with hot tubs, neighborhoods with pools…we’ve got ’em!

Did you draw the short straw at the holidays and get assigned family reunion planning?  Never fear!  We have a whole page of homes that work together to make it easier for you!  There’s sure to be a combo that Great Aunt Mavis and Cousin Joe can agree on. 😉 We also have several pages with local attraction information, birding tips and spots, and more!

Keep an eye on your mailbox this week and next for this go-to guide for planning your 2016 Galveston Island Vacation!