Don’t miss getting in on the post-Thanksgiving savings during our 2nd annual Cyber Monday sale!
Get $150 off ANY 7-night reservation for 2018 from January 2 – November 30, 2018 – including peak season and holidays!*
Our ONE DAY ONLY sales runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Monday, November 27, so gather your family post-turkey bliss and choose your next Galveston Island vacation home destination!
*This is a one-day sale. Only reservations booked on November 27, 2017 are eligible for the discount. Offer is not retroactive and cannot be combined with any other specials. Mention “Cyber Monday” when booking online or by phone.
If you’re anything like us, by now you’re on your 6th iteration of “The Holiday Menu” – complete with vegan options, too-many-pies-to-count, and a growing confusion about how “gluten free”stuffing could possibly be a thing.
Once the post-turkey/tofurkey fervor has died down next week, escape the confines of the kitchen and enjoy one of these fun, family-friendly activities happening here on Galveston Island:
Friday, November 24 – Hotel Galvez Tree Lighting Celebration festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include a special appearance by Santa Claus, live holiday entertainment including the Galveston Ballet, and the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas Tree on the front lawn. During the event, the hotel collects donations for the Salvation Army of Galveston County.
Saturday, November 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – ArtWalk takes place inside existing art galleries (both commercial and non-profit) and other spaces such as cafes and shops that showcase rotating art exhibits in the heart of Galveston’s historic district.
Moody Garden’s Festival of Lights is a mile-long walking trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more. (Through January 7, 2018)
ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday showcases the work of a skilled team of master ice carvers. Journey through the rainforests of the world to see monkeys, beautiful birds, incredible butterflies, colorful orchids and more! A giant ice slide takes you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, ancient ruins and rivers edge. (Through January 7, 2018)
Is anyone else still struggling to believe it’s already November!?! Whew! 2017 has certainly flown by, and we are sure we aren’t the only ones ready for a day off with family, friends and an excuse for eating copious amounts of delicious food!
We are looking forward to welcoming all of our Thanksgiving holiday guests to the beach in a few weeks! Holidays at the slower pace of Island life are ideal no matter your age and you don’t have to worry about meeting that “in-law/grandmother clean” standard when everyone travels to a beach house instead – it’s a win-win!
Galveston has some great local dining options if you want to make it a TRUE holiday and let your family chef(s) relax too! Check out some great local Thanksgiving dining options here. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below:
The San Luis Resort Champagne Brunch
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Moody Gardens Thanksgiving Day Buffet
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ShyKatz Deli & Bakery – Take & Bake
Preorder by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 11/20
Pickup by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/22
Mosquito Cafe – Take & Bake
Preorder by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 11/21
Pickup 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/22
Everything is better on a budget! We’ve all heard that the best things in life are free (except coffee…and chocolate…for starters 😉 ), and Galveston has a great variety of free or practically-free attractions and activities that we are sure you’ll love!
Galveston Tree Sculpture Tour
Take a leisurely walking tour and see the gorgeous sculptures made from oak trees that fell victim to Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Movie & Music Nites on the Strand
The first Saturday of every month (March – October) brings a different cinematic adventure to the outdoor screen at Saengerfest Park. Films begin at dusk.
The second Saturday brings Music Nite, where the area’s top bands perform to crowds of all ages. Music Nite & Movie Nite are always free – just bring your beach chair and a few snacks!
Ferry Ride – Watch for Dolphins!
The Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry operates 24 hours a day, and is a great way to catch site of the Galveston Bay’s population of dolphins as they frolic in the waves and the wakes of passing ships. Another freebie!
Galveston Island State Park
From their beach & bay nature walks to birding, kayak tours, fishing clinics and special events, Galveston Island State Park is a must-see spot for your vacation itinerary!
Museums, Museums, Museums!
The Galveston Railroad Museum, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Pier 21 Theater, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and the Texas Seaport Museum range in price from $5 to $12 per person (most offer free admission for children under age 5) and the nearby Rosenberg Library Museum is free for all ages!