May 18, 2022

Summertime and the Living is…Fun!

Oh, most of you know the words to that song ends with “the living is easy,” but when you spend your family vacation in Galveston, Texas, it’s ridiculously easy to have fun. You decide the type of entertainment that works for you, and you’ll find it here! Here are just a few to consider:

Make fishing your priority!

Of course, many vacationers plan a trip to Galveston for the fishing, and why wouldn’t they? In addition to all that other excellent summer fishing, Red Snapper season opens June 1st and runs through August 18th. And everyone enjoys catching sharks, which are here and hungry right now. So, gather your friends or have a family outing by scheduling a Wave Dancer Half Day (4-hour) Close Offshore trip.

And on those days when the kids are begging for even more thrills, there are plenty of options to keep them (and you) entertained.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

You won’t have to ask for directions to the Pleasure Pier. It prominently protrudes from the Texas Gulf Coast, while its roller coaster and Ferris wheel help make up the Galveston skyline. The pier offers opportunities to shop and stave off hunger as several eateries serve all sorts of summer fare, including pizza, barbecue, ice cream, and milkshakes.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston

Although few things can match the thrill of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Schlitterbahn Waterpark comes close. One of the country’s largest water parks, this 26-acre attraction includes several pools, playground areas, and a zip line. But the real thrills come from its dozens of waterslides, one of which claims to be the world’s first uphill water coaster with uphill sliding!

Moody Gardens

This 242-acre theme park on Galveston Island has something for everyone, including a hotel and convention center. Kids and adults can enjoy the rainforest zoo, aquarium, wave pool, beach, and lazy river, while the more adventuresome family members can traverse the zip line and challenge the rope course. Moody Gardens also offers educational experiences that include animal encounters with penguins, otters, and seals. 

The Bryan Museum

If this is your first time in Texas, you owe it to yourself to explore its rich history. And The Bryan Museum provides the ideal opportunity to investigate the story of Texas and the American West since the museum contains artifacts and art from ancient Native Americans, including 20,000 rare books, maps, antique firearms, documents in various languages, and modern objects. Its permanent collection spans 12,000 years and includes fine art, portraits, religious art, and folk art.

The Strand

The Strand is a five-block National Historic Landmark District with shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants, all housed within 19th-century buildings. Walking through the Strand gives you an idea of what Galveston was like 100-plus years ago. Be sure to visit the Grand 1894 Opera House, an ornate operating theater still hosting musical and art performances year-round. Also, look for the vendors selling beer and ice cream you can enjoy right on the sidewalk.

Don’t miss out on all the summer fun Galveston has to offer

As you enjoy Galveston’s attractions, savor the miles of beaches and the many fabulous restaurants. Then talk to the fishing pros at Wave Dancer Charters. Although the list of attractions is long and enticing, fishing will always be on top. 

There are no “bad times” for charter fishing, and even if there were, it certainly wouldn’t in the glorious month of June. Come to Texas and join us for summertime fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and stick around for everything else Galveston offers. Contact Captain Greg Ball and the other fishing pros at Wave Dancer Charters, and get into the summer swing!

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About John Levan
Most of my experience comes from the manufacturing sector. I managed a small manufacturing business for two decades and am now a full-time freelancer and newspaper contributor focusing on insurance, finance, and manufacturing topics. Based in Pennsylvania, I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alvernia University and received a Master of Arts in humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills.