Beach guide: Surfside Beach
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This vintage travco can help take your spring break to the next level at Galveston Island
HOUSTON – Here’s Vici, the newest addition to your stay on the island! Take advantage of the quick drive from Houston to Galveston Island this spring break and take Vici on your adventure for extra comfort. To plan your next trip on the island log on to Galveston.com for more information.
The 6 best beach looks you can find on Galveston Island
HOUSTON – Spring Break is just around the corner, and if you’re headed to the beach, we’re helping you look your best. Galveston Island has plenty of great stores filled with trendy looks for every style you want...and need. Monica Barry, owner of Ha.Ba’s Clothing Store, is showing off six popular outfits perfect for some fun in the sun. Look 1 - Boho BeachFrom Lady Brown’s BoutiqueFind the look HERELook 2 - Laid-Back LuauFrom Surf StylesFind the look HERELook 3 - Tan and TropicalFrom Surf StylesFind the look HERELook 4 - Beachside StrollFrom The Style CoFind the look HERELook 5 - Island FashionistaFrom Ha.Ba’sFind the look HEREAdLook 6 - Seaside SoireeFrom Tangerine BoutiqueFind the look HERE
Galveston Museum Week: This is how to make the most of the virtual, in-person events
GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston Island’s Museum Day this year expands to a week, allowing visitors to explore the island’s rich history. Museums will hold several in-person and virtual events this week in celebration of Museum Week as a way for guests to participate. Galveston Museum Week (Day 3): Galveston Railroad Museum Tour All aboard!!! It's Day 3 of Galveston Museum Week!! To learn more about Galveston Museum Week, click here.
Work where you play with a getaway to Galveston
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. HOUSTON – Practice “coastal distancing” with a trip to Galveston Island. Kimberly Davis Guerra, the publisher and owner of Houston Family Magazine, shares her favorite things to do with the family in Galveston. From enjoying the beach to hands-on learning at local museums, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Galveston, Bolivar could experience 'minor' coastal flooding from Hurricane Delta
Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographerHurricane Delta could cause minor flooding in Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula's "usual vulnerable spots" later this week as the storm nears the Gulf Coast. Storm surge from Delta — a category 4 hurricane as of Tuesday afternoon — will likely cause high seas and relatively strong winds, which could cause flooding in parts of the coastal communities during high tide. Pinpointing the timing is difficult, although beach conditions will start to become hazardous beginning as early as Thursday, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said.chron.com
Historic Galveston gem, known as the Maas House, listed for $625K
GALVESTON, Texas Whether youre here because you have a soft spot for old homes or youre just curious to peek inside one, were here to take you on a virtual tour inside one Texas most quaint estates currently for sale. On this tour, were visiting Galveston Island for a peek inside the Maas House a 19th-century Victorian cottage thats recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark and has been listed for $625,000. The single-family home, built in 1886, was originally owned by Maxwell Maas a Galveston-born nephew of musical composer Offenbach, according to Galveston.com. Keep on scrolling for a look inside this charming Texas Gulf Coast residence:For more information on the listing, click here. 1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)1802 Sealy Street (HAR)What do you think of the home and its price tag?
Where to get seafood takeout on Galveston Island for Labor Day weekend
With the holiday weekend ahead, crowds of up to 500,000 people are expected to visit Galveston island through Monday, according to Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. With an influx of visitors is expected on the island, City of Galveston officials ask everyone to continue social distancing. If youre looking for seafood but want to skip the restaurant, here are four popular restaurants on the island to order takeout from:Gaidos3828 Seawall Blvd. Order on Doordash, Grubhub, and Waitr, or call the restaurant at (409) 761-5500. To order, call the restaurant at (409) 763-2805.
Galveston’s famous Kettle House: Here’s how to book a stay at this iconic structure on the Gulf Coast
Calling all Galveston Island beachgoers, architecture enthusiasts, history buffs and unique Airbnb aficionados. Cross an item off your bucket list when you stay the night at Galveston’s famous Kettle House.
Oh, my stars! Where to stargaze in and around the Houston area
Like one wildly popular Texas tune says, the stars at night are big and bright and the prairie sky is wide and high, deep in the heart of Texas. Ironically, here in Space city, the solar system’s superior celestial sights elude us and Texas’s famous stars at night remain hidden behind some serious light pollution. Stargazers can marvel at the night sky through the observatory’s telescopes. The Sam Houston State Observatory is located off campus at 39 Knox Circle in Huntsville, Texas. AdHouston’s resident astronomical society has its own dark site observatory some 90 miles west of Houston, near Columbus, Texas.
VIDEO: Local man finds waterspout over Galveston Island
A waterspout is a whirling column of air and water mist, according to the NOAA’s National Weather Service. Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts. While fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward, according to the National Weather Service. These waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.
Just doesnt make sense to me: Galveston locals, tourists react to beach closures
GALVESTON, Texas Beach closures because of coronavirus concerns will have Galveston Island looking a little different this holiday weekend. Walter Kitchen, who is visiting from Louisiana said, We were coming here just to hang out for the Fourth of July weekend and we cant.Tourists and locals reacting with mixed feelings about the weekend beach closure. We cant go to the beach, so we have to find other things to do.Local resident Bill Bryant said, Look at it. Its a beautiful day and no one can be on the beach, but you can go into Home Depot and shop. Lashanta Williams, who is also visiting from Louisiana said, I think a lot of people think it was a joke, I guess, at first.
HISTORY: Texas’ most infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte, spent only three years on Galveston Island but left a lasting impression
Aside from a state historical marker out front, there’s little sign this overgrown lot was once the encampment of Texas’ most infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte. From 1817-20, Lafitte headquartered his smuggling business on Galveston Island, which was then part of Spanish Texas. “I don’t think there was any walking of the plank in the days of Lafitte,” Curley says. In the early 1900s, the Galveston Pirates took the field in minor league baseball, and pirate references pop up all over the island. “Any place you could put a boat in, every single coastal area from Matagorda to New Orleans, has Lafitte stories,” Curley says.
Watch Galvestons virtual Juneteenth celebration
GALVESTON, Texas The Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston Island and UTMB Health will host a Facebook Live of the 41st annual Al Edwards Juneteenth Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon. The celebration includes a reading of General Orders No. 3., which was originally read by Union General Gordon Granger at Ashton Villa on June 19, 1865. The orders informed Galveston of the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after the proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The celebration is named after Edwards, a member of the Texas House who was the author of the 1979 bill that made Juneteenth a paid holiday in the state.
6 Galveston Island beaches will be closed to vehicular traffic this weekend
GALVESTON, Texas – Vehicle access to six Galveston Island beaches will be closed this weekend in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus. The beaches included are:Sunny BeachHershey Beach13 Mile Road16 Mile RoadSalt CedarSan Luis PassPedestrians are still allowed to access the beaches. Officials said police and Beach Patrol will continue to enforce social distancing requirements on all beaches.
Headed to the beach? 8 beaches on Galveston Island are closed to vehicle traffic this weekend
GALVESTON, Texas – Eight beaches on Galveston Island have been closed to vehicle traffic this weekend in an effort to help enforce social distancing rules. City leaders said that vehicular access to Sunny Beach, Hershey Beach, 13 Mile Road, 16 Mile Road, Bay Harbor, Miramar, Stavanger, and Salt Cedar, will be closed until 9 p.m. Sunday. These eight beaches were chosen because they typically draw a lot of traffic and have presented crowding issues in the past, officials said. Authorities will be enforcing social distancing rules while patrolling the beaches, officials said. An aerial advertising campaign is also being used to remind beachgoers of the rules.
This is what Texas beaches looked like this weekend
Published: May 4, 2020, 11:13 amGALVESTON, Texas – Beaches across Texas reopened over the weekend after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted orders to move forward with the first phase of reopening state. It appears many Texans fled to Galveston and nearby beaches. There also appeared to be gatherings at Port Aransas Beach over the weekend. Other beaches like Surfside and South Padre Island seemed to be quieter.
Firefighters battle large grass fire on Galveston Island's East Beach
Firefighters battle large grass fire on Galveston Island's East BeachFirefighters are battling a fire on the eastern tip of Galveston Island. Firefighters are battling a fire on the eastern tip of Galveston Island. Photo: Clark Haptonstall Photo: Clark Haptonstall Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Firefighters battle large grass fire on Galveston Island's East Beach 1 / 4 Back to GalleryFirefighters were battling a large grass fire on the eastern tip of Galveston Island late Saturday. The fire is believed to have started in an area near RF Apffel East Beach Park around 8:30 p.m., the Galveston Daily News reported. Cameras from the Galveston webcam operator Saltwater Recon are broadcasting live images of the firefighters battling the blaze.chron.com
Sunny and cool Mardi Gras weekend
Wonderfully cool Kiights of Momus parade forecast (KPRC)Heading into the final Mardi Gras weekend, our weather seems chamber of commerce perfect! The high today on Galveston Island will be a few degrees cooler than the normal of 66 for this time of the year and accompanied by mostly sunny skies. That sets up the next rain for our region which as of right now looks like a Monday morning through early afternoon passage. Expected rain amounts will be meager with half and inch to an inch and a half through Tuesday morning. Last week of February ten day forecast (KPRC)The cooler temperatures, including some 30s by the end of next week, will be accompanied by enough sunshine to make for a very pleasant last week of February!
5 holiday attractions to experience at Moody Gardens
Looking for a fun spot to bring the family during the holidays? Head on down to Galveston Island to experience the holidays at Moody Gardens with Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Outdoor Ice Skating, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D and Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show. Plus, you can find discounts to attractions on their website, including pricing that starts as low as $8.95 and special packages for stays at Moody Gardens Hotel. Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
5 attractions to visit this holiday season at Moody Gardens | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2
Looking for a fun spot to bring the family during the holidays? Head on down to Galveston Island to experience the holidays at Moody Gardens with Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Outdoor Ice Skating,... Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
8 of the most destructive storms in Houston’s history
Here’s a look back at some of the worst storms to sweep through the Bayou City in modern history. The Great Galveston Storm, 1900Responsible for more than 6,000 deaths, the Category 4 hurricane was labeled the deadliest weather disaster in United States history. 1900: A powerful hurricane makes landfall at Galveston, Texas. Galveston hurricane, 1915This destructive storm system swept through the region just 15 years after the Great Galveston Storm. Tropical Storm Allison, 2001While not a hurricane, Allison would end up on record as one of the most devastating tropical storms in U.S. history.
8 of the most destructive storms in Houston's history
Here's a look back at some of the worst storms to sweep through the Bayou City in modern history. The Great Galveston Storm, 1900Responsible for more than 6,000 deaths, the Category 4 hurricane was labeled the deadliest weather disaster in United States history. The storm surge inundated Galveston Island and the nearby Texas coast with 8 to 12 feet of water. Galveston hurricane, 1915This destructive storm system swept through the region just 15 years after the Great Galveston Storm. Tropical Storm Allison, 2001While not a hurricane, Allison would end up on record as one of the most devastating tropical storms in U.S. history.
All aboard! The Polar Express train ride is coming to Galveston for perfect winter twist
The Polar Express train ride is coming to Galveston Island from Nov. 15 to Dec. 30. The 60-minute train ride will be Christmas themed, providing passengers hot chocolate and treats along with reading a classic children's book, "The Polar Express," written by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his elves will greet passengers as they board the train, where every child will be gifted a silver sleigh bell. A chef, who will be leading each car, will lead passengers in singing Christmas carols as the train heads back to the museum. For more information about The Polar Express and to purchase tickets, click here.
Dive into fun at Moody Gardens in Galveston
There's plenty to see and do at Moody Gardens, with attractions and events that appeal to both kids and adults. Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit educational destination. This event highlights Moody Gardens commitment to coral conservation efforts. To plan your next visit to Moody Gardens, click here or call 409-744-467. This article is sponsored by Moody Gardens.
Blue-tiful! Clear water at Galveston beaches this weekend
GALVESTON, Texas - This weekend sure looks to be beautiful beach weather and the waters, which appear to be blue and clear again, of Galveston are calling. The Galveston Island Twitter account Friday posted drone video of the island with the caption, "We've been blessed with a perfect week of weather and water clarity on #Galveston Island. #LoveGalveston"We've been blessed with a perfect week of weather and water clarity on #Galveston Island. #LoveGalveston pic.twitter.com/qxbKpEjCes Galveston Island (@GalvestonIsland) July 26, 2019KPRC2 covered a story back in April, exactly three months to the day, and several stories last summer when the water at Galveston beaches was clear and blue. Here's what happens when clear water is spotted:According to the city of Galveston, the clear water is due to the current changing from east to west.
5 attractions you can't miss this summer at Moody Gardens Galveston Island
Moody Gardens has something for the entire family this season. Alexis Shelly, public relations coordinator with Moody Gardens, stopped by our studio with a list of summer attractions that are worth taking a trip down to Galveston to see. Swim over tunnel Aquarium with children inside Moody Gardens in Galveston Texas2. Moody Gardens is offering, for a limited time only, $5 off of a day pass purchase. To plan a visit to Moody Gardens or to buy tickets online, visit its website, moodygardens.org, or call 409-744-4673.
Galveston Island Brewing offering free cold beer for cleaning beach after 4th of July celebration
Galveston Island Brewing offering free cold beer for cleaning beach after 4th of July celebrationGalveston Island Brewing and Turtle Island Restoration Network are offering a free beer to anyone who helps cleanup the beach in and around Galveston Island on July 5. Galveston Island Brewing and Turtle Island Restoration Network are offering a free beer to anyone who helps cleanup the beach in and around Galveston Island on July 5. Photo: Turtle Island Restoration Network Facebook Page Photo: Turtle Island Restoration Network Facebook Page Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Galveston Island Brewing offering free cold beer for cleaning beach after 4th of July celebration 1 / 1 Back to GalleryIf you're in Galveston and need a beer this Fourth of July weekend, you're in luck. Galveston Island Brewing and Turtle Island Restoration Network are holding an event called the Star Spangled Beach Cleanup. Meanwhile, Galveston Island Brewing is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.For more information and to register, click here.chron.com
On this day: September 13
2008: Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas. Ike would be the second-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States, with its $29.5 billion in property damage trailing only Hurricane Katrina, and the costliest hurricane in Texas history. The storm also would end up claiming the lives of 82 people in the United States. Hide Caption