Five “Must-Dos” During Spring Break in Galveston

Don’t you feel like Spring Break is the unofficial start of beach season on Galveston Island? Here is a bucket list of “must-dos” in Galveston during your Spring Break vacation. 


1. Take a ride on the Texas Star Flyer at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The Pleasure Pier offers a total of 16 rides, a midway, and tons of food options. You’ll love the view from this 200-foot swing. It’s terrifying and exhilarating at the same time as you swing 230 feet above sea level with a view of the Pier and the Gulf of Mexico. 


2. Enjoy a Bonfire at the Beach. As a guest of Ryson Vacation Rentals, you have access to Gulf Coast Concierge. So, yes, you can enjoy a bonfire at the beach without all the work. Book a 3-hour bonfire package and Gulf Coast Concierge provides tiki torches, chairs, cornhole and speakers for your music plus s’mores. You’ll remember this for years to come. 


3. Go for a Harbor Cruise. The great thing about taking a harbor cruise in Galveston is you’re likely to see a dolphin. And, Galveston is home to several tour options. On the west end of the island, Suntastic Adventures operates out of West End Marina in Sea Isle and, in town, you’ll find Galveston Harbor Tours, Galveston Water Adventures and Baywatch Dolphin Tours at Pier 21. Make sure you have cell phones ready for dolphin sightings.  


4. Beachcombing at the beach. Set your alarm to wake up early for beachcombing on the beach. Check the times for low tide and head out beforehand to take full advantage of peak beachcombing. Tip: A full moon yields the lowest tides each month. Bring a mesh waterproof bag for your finds. If you want to preserve your shells, soak them in a water-bleach mixture. Check our beach and surf cam for ideas.


5. Learn a new water sport. Have you ever tried standup paddleboarding? How about surfing? Here’s a local tip: Standup paddleboarding is much easier on the bayside versus the beachside in Galveston if it’s windy. Several companies offer rentals with delivery and a quick tutorial. Check with Gulf Coast Concierge for details.  


Make the most of these travel tips and enjoy your next getaway in Galveston. Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 200 properties across the island that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston during spring break. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to help.


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Christine Hopkins is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for


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