Pier 21

Pier 21

Pier 21 is a dining and entertainment area located on Galveston’s Historic Harbor in the Historic Strand Seaport Are on the far east side of the Island.

Pier 21 offers a multitude of attractions like museums and boat rides, and restaurants, perfect for a day with the family.

Museums and Attractions

  • Pier 21 Theater The Pier 21 Theater is a friendly theater that offers 3 different documentary films of the history of Galveston.  At the theater you can watch:
    1. The Great Storm, which is a 27-minute documentary that tells the story of the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.
    2. You could also watch Pirate Island which is about Jean Laffite who called Galveston home for three years.
    3. The last documentary you could possibly watch is Galveston- Gateway on the Gulf, which is a 56-minute documentary on immigration and gives history on how Galveston as a port of entry for over 130,000 immigrants.
  • Ocean Star Offshore Rig Museum– People get the opportunity to see a real retired jacked up drilling rig. The museum shows the story of oil and gas from exploration to production. The museum has 3 floors of models and interactive displays that illustrates the story of oil and gas.
  • Texas Seaport Museum– This museum is located in the historic port of Galveston and it tells about the story of immigration In Galveston. Visitors of the museum can look for ancestors using the computer database, which contains the names of all 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston.

Boat Tours and Rides

  • Galveston Water Adventures– Jet Boat- This will give participants a thrill ride in the nice, Texas sun. It will give people a chance to experience the Hamilton Spin (rotates boat 360 degrees on its axis throwing a wall of water in the air), and the thrill of sharp angle turns and more. It would be the ride of your life.
  • Galveston Water Adventures- Sunset Cruise- This is a 1-2-hour tour of a sunset tour of Galveston’s Harbor. People are even allowed to bring wine or champagne on the boat with them if they would like to. This would be a perfect date or would be fun to go with a group of friends.
  • Galveston Water Adventures– Eco Tour_ On this cruise, you will get to see birds and a lot of marine life. They are also usually able to get a close view of playful dolphins.
  • Baywatch Dolphin Tours– The boat offers a covered interior and is considered a dolphin-safe tour boat. This tour offers 45 minutes that allows guests to view the dolphins in their natural habitat.
  • 1877 Tall Ship Elissa– On this tour, you can explore the decks of this Natural, floating historic Landmark. You can see what life was like on sea back in the day, and how sailors challenged the rough oceans and more.
  • Harbor Tours– The boat is a fast, stabled, sheltered, and was made specifically for harbor excursions and sight-seeing. Also, the open upper deck offers a full panorama of the water and the sky.

Restaurants

There are 3 restaurants on Pier 21:

  1. Fisherman’s Wharf,
  2. Olympia Grill
  3. Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks

They all have seafood, steak and more. No matter which restaurant you choose to go t, it will be worth it cause all of their food is amazingly delicious.

In Conclusion

As you can see there LOTS of things to do on Pier 21. It’s a wonderful place to go to spend time with friends or family, obtain knowledge, and just have fun.

Movie Theaters

Galveston Movie Theaters

Looking for something fun and exciting to do? Tired of the same old beach and restaurants? Well do I have an activity for you!

Why not go see a movie at one of Galveston’s local theaters? It gives you a chance to learn more about Galveston’s history as well as see movies in 3D! It is also something you and your whole family can enjoy together.

Today we will discuss some local movie theaters that you can visit during your vacation in Galveston.

PIER 21 THEATER

The Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Drive directly above the Willie G’s. Entrance on the second floor. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the show starts. Here are the movies that will be presented to you:

The Great Storm

This movie tells the story of the devastating hurricane that swept through Galveston in 1900. It shares real life stories of survivors who experienced the storm first hand. You also get to see the remarkable photos taken of the devastation after the storm.

This movie definitely gave me a whole new insight into Galveston’s deep history. I would see if again and would recommend you seeing it as well.

The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte

This movie documents the life of a very misunderstood man. Was he a business man or smuggler? Pirate of honorable patriot? Murderer or war hero? You ultimately get to decide as you take a deep dive into the everyday actions of Jean Lafitte. He used Galveston as his base of operations, but for what? Get a ticket to the movie and find out for yourself. 🙂

Galveston-Gateway on the Gulf

This movie tells the story of all the immigrants who shape Galveston to be the beautiful and thriving island that it is today. Between the years 1835 and 1935, over 200,000 immigrants came to Galveston in search of a better life and to start businesses. Through this diverse group of immigrants’ hard work and sacrifice, Galveston would eventually be known as “America’s Gateway on the Gulf.”

Pricing:

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-18, and free for kids under 6. For more information about the Pier 21 theater, please click here.

MOODY GARDENS THEATER

This theater has the WORLD’S first giant-screen 4K 6-Primary Laser Projection System in the MG 3D Theater. There is an exquisite surround sound system as well as a state-of-the-art 3D viewing experience.  Here are a couple of movies you can see:

Antarctica 3D

While Antarctica may seem like a dead and forbidden continent filled with large sheets of ice, it is a fragile place home to a large variety of living species. You get to see some incredible views, local animals, and even large glaciers up-close. You won’t want to miss it!

Great White Shark 3D

The iconic and misunderstood predator, the Great White Shark, can be seen more up-close than you ever thought possible right through the eyes of people who swim directly next to them!

For more information and pricing for the Moody Gardens Theater as well as other movies playing, please click here.

Address: 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

FeatherFest Galveston 2019

Birds

What is Featherfest?

If you love birds, or are a photographer, or just want to do something different that gives you exercise, and more, attending FeatherFest 2019 in Galveston might be a good idea for you.

 Every year, thousands of birds come toward the Galveston Island when migrating and hundreds of tourists and neighbors follow suit to see more than 200 species of brightly-colored birds around town. FeatherFest is a fun four-day of birding and nature photography, adventurous trips, and social events. You may even get a chance to meet and talk with some of the best naturalists in the whole country.

When is FeatherFest?

FeatherFest is always held the 3rd weekend of April unless Easter falls that weekend, then it is moved to the second week of April. Here are the FeatherFest dates to 2021:

  • April 11-14, 2019
  • April 16-19, 2020
  • April 15-18, 2021

What Activities are There?

  • Raptor Shows- Some Raptor Shows can be free, while others can cost money. You will be able to hear about the history of these birds and how they fly, their unique traits, and abilities. You will be able to see birds like Red Tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, Lanner Falcons, and more. For more information visit here.
  • Fledging Fest- This is designed for kids 6 and older and their parent, as they can take part in on or more of the events as part of the nature adventure. You must be registered to attend. For more information and to register visit this their site here. 
  • Birding Field Trips- On these “field trips” you will be able to see many different types of cool and unique birds. The bird guide will help talk you through it and more. There are many different types of “field trips” to go on. For more information, please visit their site here.
  • Photography Field Trips- On these trips, you will be able to have hundreds of opportunities to take pictures of beautiful and unique birds. There are many different types of trips, you can take and prices do vary. For more information go here.

As you can see, going to the FeatherFest can be a great way to meet new people, exercise, see exotic birds, and much more!!

Top 3 Things for Teens to do on the Island

Teens

Coming down to Galveston soon? Looking for something fun for your teens to do during your visit? Well do we have some activities for them! Galveston has a ton of activities that will keep teens entertained for hours on end and will keep them out of your hair! Today we will discuss activities that will keep your teen children happy.

Pleasure Pier

What better place for your your teen to go than an amusement park? Pleasure Pier is a fun-filled place filled with thrill-seeking rides and an endless amount of food and restaurants in the area.

One of my favorite rides would have to be the Sea Dragon, which is in the shape of a boat. It rocks you back and forth really fast and gives you a much-needed thrill. Another ride I would recommend trying would have to be the Cyclone. It is a circle shaped ride that goes back and fourth right over the ocean! If I were you, I’d take my shoes off for this ride!

There are also many telescopes for you to use so you can look deep out in the ocean!

Address: 2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

For more information about Pleasure pier such as pricing and open-close times, please visit their website here.

Magic Carpet Golf

Another great thing for teens to do is to go mini-golfing.  With an 18-hole course, your teens will be entertained for hours upon end with their competitive spirits coming to play. I personally enjoyed my time with my friends there. There are some challenging courses that really make you think about strategy and bring out the competitor in you.

This course is located on Galveston’s West End right next door to Premier Cinemas. So after a fun day golfing, they can head to a movie.

Address: 9030 Seawall Blvd Galveston, TX 77554

Fore more information about Magic Carpet, click here.

Schlitterbahn

Last but not least, we have Schlitterbahn. It is an amazing water park for kids of all ages. There is a one mile lazy river that connects you to the whole park. Schlitterbahn is also home to many high thrill speed rides such as the Rohr, Cliffhanger, and the incredible Screaming Serpents body slide. Schlitterbahn also houses the worlds tallest water coaster, the MASSIV Monster Blaster. There is also a wave simulator in which you can ride your boogie board and show off your moves. My personal favorite ride would have to be the Faust and Furious. It is a ride that shoots you directly straight down from 60 feet. It’s a thrill ride that you will never forget and want to ride again and again!

Last but not least, we have Schlitterbahn. It is an amazing water park for kids of all ages. There is a one mile lazy river that connects you to the whole park. Schlitterbahn is also home to many high thrill speed rides such as the Rohr, Cliffhanger, and the incredible Screaming Serpents body slide. Schlitterbahn also houses the worlds tallest water coaster, the MASSIV Monster Blaster. There is also a wave simulator in which you can ride your boogie board and show off your moves.

My personal favorite ride would have to be the Faust and Furious. It is a ride that shoots you directly straight down from 60 feet. It’s a thrill ride that you will never forget and want to ride again and again!

Address: 2026 Lockheed Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

For more information on pricing, rides, and booking tickets please click here.

In Conclusion

To conclude, Galveston is the place to be for people of all ages. Your teens especially will have a blast at these three places and will want to come back to Galveston over and over again. So the next time they’re “bored,” you know where to send them!

Emergency Rooms and Urgent Cares

Emergency

Coming down to Galveston soon? Looking to kick back, relax, and have some fun? I can’t blame you. Galveston is a great place for families to relax especially on the beach.

However, you never know what could happen. There are always unexpected injuries and accidents that could happen on the beach or on the water. We want you to be prepared if heaven forbid, that something happens to you or one you love.

Today I will list out some emergency rooms and urgent cares you could go to in case the inevitable happens. But remember, always try to call 911 first especially if you don’t think you can make it to the Er in time due to traffic or worse yet you do not have transportation!

Emergency Rooms

  • UTMB Health Emergency Room

901 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550

Open 24 hours

 (409) 772-1191

  • Hospitality Health ER Galveston

4222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

Open 24 hours

(409) 766-1212

Urgent Cares

  • Affinity Urgent Care

2808 61st St Suite 200, Galveston, TX 77551

Sunday 9AM–5PM

Monday           8AM–8PM

Tuesday           8AM–8PM

Wednesday     8AM–8PM

Thursday         8AM–8PM

Friday               8AM–8PM

Saturday          9AM–5PM

(409) 497-2808

  • West Isle Urgent Care

2027 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551

8AM-10PM all week

(409) 744-9800

  • Island Health Center

4623 Fort Crockett Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

Sunday             Closed

Monday           8AM–6PM

Tuesday           8AM–6PM

Wednesday     8AM–6PM

Thursday         8AM–6PM

Friday               8AM–6PM

Saturday          Closed

(409) 762-7646

  • UTMB Health Pediatric Urgent Care

6416 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77551

Sunday              10AM–8PM

Monday           3–10PM

Tuesday           3–10PM

Wednesday     3–10PM

Thursday         3–10PM

Friday               3–10PM

Saturday          10AM–8PM

(409) 744-5437

Please note that hours and locations are subject to change.

Galveston State Park Events in March

beach combing

Coming down to Galveston soon? Looking for something outdoorsy that your whole family could enjoy? Well if so, the Galveston Island State Park is the perfect place for you! There are many activities such as fishing, swimming, bird watching, and much more!

Today we will talk about all the exciting activities going down at the park during the month of March.

Beachcombing 101

Join head ranger Lisa in a beachcombing expedition on the shore. You will find natural treasures such as seashells, sea beans and much more. There will be a brief orientation with the head ranger about the best combing techniques and basic identification skills. I would recommend dressing warm and being ready to get your feet wet! If you are attending this activity, you should bring:

  • Park permit
  • Clothes you are comfortable getting wet in
  • Refreshments
  • Bucket for collections

This event takes place on March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

Birding 101

How would you like to go on a hiking expedition to see many of the migratory birds in Galveston? Before the hike, park rangers will give you a brief orientation about identification, bird interactions and field skills. You also get the chance to learn how to use binoculars if you’ve never used them before.  You should bring:

  • Park permit
  • Binoculars (will be provided if you don’t have any)
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Refreshments

This event takes place on March 2nd and 9th.

Conclusion

As you can see, the Galveston Island State Park has many activities for you and your family to enjoy. It gives everyone a chance to interact with nature and have fun. For more information about these events please visit here.

Mardi Gras 2019

Mardi Gras Galveston

Coming down to Galveston soon? Looking to party and have some fun? Why not attend the 108th annual Mardi Gras? The celebration lasts from February 22 – March 5, 2019.

This year there will be over 300,000 attendees as well as 22 parades, 20 balcony parties, and over 30 concerts! There is endless fun for everyone to enjoy.

Today we will discuss what Mardi Gras is, why we celebrate it, and all the fun things you can do while you attend.

What is Mardi Gras?

 Mardi Gras is another word for carnival celebration, beginning during or after the Christian feast of the Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Why do we celebrate Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is the last night of eating unhealthy and fatty food before the fasting season known as Lenten.

What is the Mardi Gras King Cake?

The Mardi Gras King Cake involves a small pastry and a small plastic baby. The small plastic baby is hidden inside and the person who just so happens to get the piece with the baby is in charge of hosting the next party. This tradition originated from New Orleans.

Parades

Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade- Come dressed up like an umbrella with your own souped up umbrella for the 8th annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. This parade will take place in the Downtown Entertainment District Friday February 22, 2019. The parade lineup will begin at 6:30 and the actual parade will start at 8:30. Make sure you dance through the streets and have fun! Judging for best group outfits and theme will take place at 23rd & Strand, so get your friends together and go win the competition!

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade- The annual parade will be featuring over 60 units lead by the 2019 King & Queen and Royal Court. The parade will also feature 11 Aquarius floats and 15 marching Bands. The Aquarius Seawall parade make its way down the seawall to 25th street where it will head downtown to Mechanic and Strand streets. The event will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 12pm – 3pm at 57th & Seawall to The Strand District If you want a lot of parades, don’t miss this parade!

Shriners Hospitals for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade- Bring your entire family for a day full of fun that your children will never forget.  The Shriners Hospitals for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade begins at 12:00pm with fun and festive floats along with Clowns and Mini-Cars! This event will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Strand District.

For more information about other parades as well as the whole lineup, please visit the link here.

Balcony Parties

The balcony parties give you a great view of all the festivities going on during Mardi Gras. You will also be provided with a bar and lively music, so dance the night away! You must be 21 and over to attend. For pricing and to see the entire party lineup, please visit the link here.

Contest

Official Poster Contest of Mardi Gras- Artists from all over are invited to submit their work to the contest and the winner for best poster will be rewarded a whopping $1000. You are allowed to submit your work from November 5, 2018 – January 16, 2019. The unveiling party will be held on February 1st at 6 pm at the Beerfoot Brewery. To see the guidelines and rules of the contest please visit this link here.

Tickets

Pricing varies as to when you decide to go, so please see the link below to get more information on pricing:

Lone Star Flight Museum

Aviation Museum

Looking for something fun and historical do to outside of the beach? Well do I have the place for you to visit. Lone Star Flight Museum gives you the opportunity to take a trip down America’s past to see how aviation has evolved over time.

You get to see famous fighter planes that flew during World War 1 and 2 as well as take a flight in some of them! Whether you’re a historical Geek or not, this is a place that anyone should take a chance on and visit.

Today we will talk about the fun and thrilling things you can do while you are visiting the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Historical Planes

  •  Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress- This was one of the most common used planes during America’s war with Nazi Germany.
  • North American T-6 Texan- Commonly known as the “pilot maker,” the T-6 Texan was important when it came to teaching future pilots how to fight inn combat.
  • Douglas DC-3- Designed by world-class engineer, Arthur E. Raymond, this plane took flight on December 17, 1935, which just so happened to be the Wright Brothers’ 32nd anniversary flight at Kitty Hawk.
  • Sikorsky S-76A++- This just so happened to be the first helicopter designed for the needs of commercial and civilian markets.

To learn more about the other planes you can see at Lone Star as well as the ones listed, please visit their website here.

Flight Experiences

Lone Star also offers flights aboard historical planes such as:

  • B-25 Mitchell
  • T-6 Texan
  • T-41 Mescalero

To see if you qualify for a flight, please visit the link here. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss out on!

You also get a chance to fly with Lone Star’s own Simulator Bay. This simulator allows you to see flying a plane in a way you would think is unimaginable. Simulations take place on Saturday, 11am-3pm and Sunday, 12pm- 3pm. Simulations are free with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Texas Aviation Hall of Fame

Lone Star’s own Texas Aviation Hall of Fame was established in 1995 to honor Famous Texan aviators. There are currently 77 members which fall into these four distinct categories:

  • Trailblazers & Explorers
  • Military Aviators
  • Innovators & Entrepreneurs
  • Leaders

Here are some members that were inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame:

  • The Edwards Family- Two brothers, William and Wilson Edwards were accomplished pilots and aviation enthusiasts.  Wilson was best known for choreographing and flying many of the planes in the film Battle of Britain. William, who had flown five different aircrafts by the time he was 17, was also an agricultural pilot.
  • Gene Autry- This man, known as America’s “favorite singing cowboy,” was a western film star. He was also a pilot during World War 2 and was qualified to fly a whopping 16 different Army Air Force aircrafts.

Conclusion

As you can see, the Lone Star Flight Museum is a place that everyone should visit. With the endless number of historical planes as well as flights you can take, you will never be bored and will want to come again and again!

Address:  11551 Aerospace Ave, Houston, TX 77034

Mardi Gras Galveston 2019

Mardi Gras

What and when is it?

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, are the events of the Carnival celebration, that begins the day of or after the Christian feasts of Epiphany. It also begins on the day before Ash Wednesday (a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting and repentance)!

Mardi Gras will be celebrated Feb 22- March 5 on Galveston Island this year!

Why do we celebrate Mardi Gras?

People celebrate Mardi Gras because it is reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, and more fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten Season.

What is Kings Cake?

The Kings Cake is a cake associated with a number of countries involved with the celebration of Mardi Gras. The cake involves a party, a pastry, and a small plastic baby. The plastic baby is hidden inside a slice of cake and whoever gets that slice has to host the next party. The King Cake tradition has been around since around 1870 (almost 150 years)! It is traditional to bake the cake in honor of the three Kings.

Events During Mardi Gras Galveston 2019:

Family Parades:

  • March 3rd at 12PM- Shriners Hospitals for Children and Sunshine Kids Parade: Entire day of fun for the family. The parade will begin at 12 with festive floats, mini-cars and Shriners Clowns!
  • March 3rd at 1:30PM- Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade will begin at 1:30 in the Historic Strand District!
  • March 3rd at 3PM- Mardi Gras Children’s Parade: Local first responders and firefighters will host a parade to the children and the families in Galveston with floats and costumed kids!

Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K:

The 5K run or walk will start in the heart 0f the Mardi Gras. It will be an unforgettable 5K experience that will start on February 23rd, 2019.

  • 5K Only- $35 (price will increase to $55 after February 6th)
  • 5K With Balcony Party Ticket from 12PM- 4PM- $80

Balcony Parties:

Balcony parties offer a great view of the Mardi Gras festivities, a cash bar, and music. Prices vary depending on which event you would like to attend. For more information on these balcony parties click here.

Contests:

  • Poster Contest- Residents of Galveston will have a poster contest with a chance to win 1,000 dollars. To enter you have to be 16 or older and a United States citizen. All submissions will be due before 3PM on January 16th.
  • Umbrella Decorating Contest- This will be the 8th annual umbrella decorating contest. Anyone that is a United States citizen over the age of 18 are allowed to compete and show off their work.
  • Coloring Contest- Kids under the age of 12 have a great chance to show off their skills. 3 different kids from 3 different age groups will be chosen winners and they have a chance to ride in a float.

Entertainment

Just like every other years, bands and songwriters will perform, but as of writing this, they have not yet been determined, but will be updated soon. For more information or updates, click here.

Where to Stay?

In Galveston there are many places to stay. For example, there are hotels, beach homes, and more. In my opinion, I prefer a beach home over hotels, because for one, you have more privacy. You also don’t have to eat out all the time. You can cook in, enjoy the beach, and beautiful views. You can also get a home with 4 bedrooms, more than one bathroom, and no one else causing disruptions around you!

Restaurant Week 2019

Restaurant Week


Looking for something enjoyable to do on the Island that also helps out a good cause? Why not be part of Galveston’s eighth annual restaurant week?

WHEN

You get a chance to taste some of the vibrant food the island has to offer for two weeks (Saturday, January 26th-February 10th, 2019).

LOCAL

What makes this even better is that there are no passes or tickets required. Most of the restaurants are “local”.  You will notice there are very few national chains….not that we don’t like chain restaurants, but everyone loves true local cuisine.

PRICES

You can dine in at any of the participating restaurants that I listed out for your below. You can get a two or three course dinner ranging from $20-$35. Two course dinners, brunches and breakfasts will cost $10-$20.

RESERVATIONS

Reservations are recommended  in order for you to ensure that you get to try whatever entrée you want and in a timely fashion.

Here are the participating restaurants:

  • Blvd. Seafood
  • Yaga’s Café
  • Sky Bar Steak and Sushi
  • Little Daddy’s gumbo bar
  • The Gumbo Diner
  • Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina
  • Saltwater Grill
  • Blake’s Bistro
  • Brick House Tavern + Tap
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Grill
  • Fish Tales
  • Gaido’s
  • Grotto Ristorante
  • Hearsay on The Strand
  • Joe’s Crab Shack
  • Landry’s Seafood
  • Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar
  • Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood
  • The Original Mexican Café
  • Prohibition Red’s
  • Rainforest Café
  • Riondo’s Ristorante
  • Saltgrass Steak House
  • Trattoria La Vigna
  • Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks
  • Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill
  • Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks
  • Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown
  • The Spot

The menu and prices for all these restaurants will be are available now. To get active updates on pricing and food for these specific restaurants, please visit the link below:

Access Care of Coastal Texas

Proceeds from Galveston Restaurant Week will be donated to the Access Care of Coastal Texas (ACCT). This organization provides access to care for people diagnosed with HIV. The also provide HIV prevention education, free HIV testing, and financial assistance to HIV patients.