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Need a breath of fresh air? Check out what Galveston Island has to offer

By Ignacio Cobos, '22

|Photo: Alinoe Roussie

Galveston Pleasure Pier

A lot of people in this campus leave the island during the weekends to visit their family or friends because they think, “There is nothing to do in the island and it is boring.” But you should know that in the Galveston Island area there are many activities available for spending time with your friends. Here we will mention some of them for different moods and likes.

First the beaches: If you just want to relax and have some fun you can go to the beach that is only 7 minutes away from the campus, the “Stewart Beach” or the “Galveston Beach”. There you can do activities on the sand such as flying kites, building sand castles, volleyball, or just get a little time in the water. If you want more excitement you can rent a boat and go fishing or sailing. You can also rent kayaks to take a trip around. Near campus, you could rent equipment from “Angel Charters” or “Jet Ski Tours and Rentals”. It is amazing; you might even see some dolphins.

The amusement parks and waterparks: There are many parks around the island. In terms of water parks, Schlitterbahn Waterpark is a fun place to visit. If you like amusement parks,Pleasure Pier or Moody Gardens are venues you can tour with some friends to have a really good time.

Museums: There are some museums in the island that might be interesting for you and where you will learn something new and important facts no matter your major. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Railroad Museum, and Bryan Museum are places where you can learn about history and technology.

Finally, the other special interests: Another place to experience is the Galveston Island State Park, a place where you can find hiking trails, bird watching spots, and campgrounds. Gresham's Castle is an ornate mansion with public tours. Seawolf Park, on Pelican Island, offers fishing spots, tours on retired naval vessels, and picnic areas.

If you just want is to hang around a little, there are tons of restaurants around the island where you can find many types of food that will satisfy every taste.