5 Reasons to Visit Galveston in the Fall
While there are plenty of reasons to visit Galveston in the fall, we will focus on five.
1. Weather: While you may enjoy the summer’s warm temperature, Galveston’s fall months are several degrees cooler and quite comfortable. In September, the average high is 86℉ and in October expect a high of 79℉. Expect a high of 71℉ in November and 64℉ in December. The water temperature averages 83 degrees in September and 75 in October, allowing a little more time for swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, or whatever your vacation plans include. Check our Galveston weather when planning your visit.
2. Seafood: Seafood is still fresh and readily available. That’s the perk of booking a stay on Galveston Island. Fall is the perfect time of year for Red and Black Drum, Black-tip and Bull Shark, Speckled and Sand Trout, Mahi-mahi, and Flounder. And, here’s a tip. Suppose you plan to fish during your getaway. In that case, several restaurants, including Waterman‘s Restaurant in the west end, BLVD Seafood on Seawall, Mosquito Cafe in the East End, and Marina Bar & Grill at the Yacht Basin will prepare your freshly caught fish. You’ll need to bring it fileted and leave it to the restaurant to prepare. You have to admit, there’s nothing better than enjoying the fish you caught that morning and having it prepared that evening. More on Galveston Fall Fishing.
3. Dinner with a View: Galveston is filled with Galveston restaurants with a view, and plenty offer outdoor dining options. Take advantage of the temperate weather, and eat out. Locally owned restaurants with a view include Number 13, Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar, The Spot, Fish Tales, which is part of Landry’s, and Benno’s Cajun Seafood. You’ll also find outdoor dining at Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina and Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar. You’ll notice newly added outdoor seating at Rudy & Paco and Vargas Cut and Catch. And, the outdoor seating at Yaga’s Cafe. Mosquito Cafe, and Sunflower Cafe is always a popular spot.
4. Smaller Crowds at Major Attractions: While weekends can still be busy in Galveston, you’ll notice smaller crowds during Galveston’s fall months. The perk is that all of Galveston’s attractions are open in the fall, including Wasserfest at Schlitterbahn, the indoor waterpark. Remember as a guest for Ryson, you enjoy free attraction tickets to Schlitterbahn. You’ll notice shorter lines at Moody Gardens and all the popular museums. History buffs should add The Bryan Museum and Bishop’s Palace to their next visit. Tip: Bishop’s Palace offers Basement to Attic Tours and Moonlight Tours.
5. Guided or Self-Guided Tours: If you’ve avoided taking walking tours or bus tours in the summer months, fall is the time to do it. Ryson has partnered with Galveston Experience to make your planning even easier. If you’re in the mood for ghosts, join their evening Ghost Bus Tour for a one-hour audio/video tour. Other options include their Galveston Historic Hurricane Bus Tour and Historic Port, Pirates & Architecture Bus Tour. Walking Tour options are the Walking Historic Galveston Ghost Tour and Walking Galveston Red Light District Tour (parental discretion advised). Reach out to our concierge service to make arrangements.
Make the most of these fall 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 in the fall. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to help.
Author: Christine Hopkins
Christine 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 ToursByLocals.com.