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Beach 101: Build a Sandcastle

Every beach vacation should include time to build a sandcastle! These sandy sculptures are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Transform tiny particles and splashes of water into fantastical creations, or go for the classic “tallest tower” approach and have a friendly competition with your fellow beach-goers.

For fast-track castle-building you can pick up plastic forms and shovels at a local surf shop. Don’t want to waste time at the store? Use things you’ve got around lying around your beachfront vacation rental – plastic bowls, colanders, measuring cups, etc. Challenge your family to think creatively, using only the tools on hand!

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Nature Lover’s Guide to Galveston’s West End

The West End is the perfect place for Galveston nature lovers to enjoy a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of work schedules, as well as the towering skyscrapers and overpasses of cities like Houston and Dallas.

Think Galveston is all about attractions like Moody Gardens, the Historic Pleasure Pier, and the cruise terminal? Think again! Head west on Seawall Boulevard and you’ll experience another side of this unique Gulf Coast barrier island. Cruise past long stretches of pastures, sprawling residential neighborhoods, local hardware stores and casual restaurants. Roll down your windows and enjoy the peace that comes from hearing the never-ending rhythm of the waves rolling ashore.

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Galveston Island Animals to Discover on Your Next Visit

Galveston isn’t just a popular beach destination for people – it’s home to a wide variety of flora & fauna as well!

With 32 miles of beaches and year-round temperate weather, Galveston Island has a lot to offer for permanent residents and seasonal visitors alike – weather they’re slimy, scaled or feathered! Raucous seagulls and silent saltwater fishes aren’t the only type of Galveston Island animals you’ll come across while spending time here on the upper Texas coast.

Read on for some fun facts about a few of our favorite Galveston Island animals! All the creatures listed below can be spotted year-round, but some are much easier to find during specific seasons.

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Where to Watch Galveston Sunsets

Every great vacation includes time to slow down and enjoy the sunset. We think the best place to enjoy it is sitting on the deck of your vacation rental, but there are other great Galveston sunset spots too – including “meals with a view” options!

Galveston Island is no more than 3 miles across at its widest point, so vibrant sunset views can be had just about anywhere on the West End of the island. Beach or bay, it’s as easy as walking onto your rental’s deck to watch the sun sink slowly over the water.

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Outdoor Activities in Galveston TX

Galveston is a popular beach destination for a reason. It’s an ideal escape for fishing and birding enthusiasts. Plus, the 32 miles of beach prove perfect for kite flying and a wide variety of other activities that outdoor enthusiasts love. 

We tried to keep this list to the Top 5 – but there are just too many great options to choose from! Regardless of your age or energy level, you’ll never find a shortage of things to do in Galveston!

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