TALL SHIPS are Docking at Galveston Island!

Sail in for a weekend of family-friendly fun along Galveston’s historic harbor April 5 – 8, 2018 with TALL SHIPS ® Galveston!

Starting with Galveston’s own square-rigged iron barque ELISSA (1877), the tall ships participating in this years TALL SHIP CHALLENGE represent six unique builders and call six different ports home – including four in the United States and one each in the Cook Islands and the Netherlands.

Did you know? Galveston serves as the home port for ELISSA – The Official Tall Ship of Texas!

“ELISSA is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. She carries nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in surface area…from her stern to the tip of her jib boom she measures 205 feet. Her height is 99 feet, 9 inches at the main mast and she displaces about 620 tons at her current ballast. ” – Galveston Historical Foundation

ELISSA docks next to the Texas Seaport Museum at Pier 21 and can often be seen sailing around the bay.

Oosterschelde Sailing and boats - Tall Ships GalvestonWant to see how our local tall ship stacks up against the competition? Sailing fans of all ages will love this unique chance to see history come alive on a wide aquatic stage as these ships kick off the very first TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2018 series.

Start with the Parade of Sail along Seawall Blvd. at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and continue with tours of participating ships, day sail excursions, live music, sunset happy hour sails & more, all weekend long! View the full event schedule & book your tickets today!

1877 sailboat - Tall Ships Galveston bayBook your birth – get a FREE night at the beach when you sail into a Sand `N Sea vacation home for TALL SHIPS® Galveston! We offer a great selection of beachfront vacation rentals, beachside vacation homes and bay & canal homes perfect for fishing & boating!

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Vacation Your Way – Quick Getaways on Galveston Island!

From shorter summer stays to week-long getaways & months-long Winter Texan escapes in Sand `N Sea vacation rental homes, Galveston Island has what you’re looking for!

Couple on Beach at Galveston Island Pleasure Pier

We may be biased, but in our (not really at all) humble opinion, there’s not much that can beat fresh Gulf seafood, panoramic views from ferris wheels over the Gulf, climate-controlled indoor water parks, fascinating historic architecture, a day trip through a rain forest or a dolphin sighting on the free Galveston Island Ferry!

First time to Galveston Island? We pack a lot of fun and flavor into 27 miles of coastline!

Local restaurants & eateries offer everything from fresh Gulf seafood to classic Italian, Greek cuisine to authentic Mexican. Sand `N Sea staff favorites include: Mosquito Cafe, Shrimp `N Stuff & BLVD Seafood, or try The Grotto at the San Luis Resort for a glamorous date night. Don’t miss La King’s Confectionery for a sweet treat with the whole family!

Wondering what else there is to do on Galveston Island? Tired of soaking in the sand, surf & sun during your Galveston beach house vacation? (we don’t want to use the word crazy…buuuuuut… 😉 ) There is always a great selection of unique Galveston Island events going on – many of them free & family-friendly! Don’t miss Movie Nite or Music Nite on The Strand – local favorites that take place monthly March – October! Or, check out this great 36-hour visit itinerary from the New York Times!

Book Your Shorter Summer Stay Today!

We want everyone to enjoy some well-deserved beach time; and we’re thrilled to announce that we have a great selection of Galveston Island vacation rental homes available for shorter summer stays this summer! Minimum 3-night stay.