Top 5 New Things To Do On Galveston Island

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/27/2014, 1:55 p.m.
Galveston Island was named one of the “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.” by Trip Advisor this ...
Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will sail year-round from Galveston

Galveston Island was named one of the “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.” by Trip Advisor this year, and with a variety of new experiences being offered in 2014, it’s not hard to see why.

When heading to Galveston this spring or summer, the island’s 32 miles of beaches and classic attractions won’t be the only draw. Here’s a look at the top five new things to do on the island.

Eat at Number 13

The recently opened Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood offers big city cuisine but with a locally focused menu and waterfront view from Galveston’s Pelican Rest Marina. The menu at Number 13 features an array of options, from in-house dry aged steaks to octopus “a la plancha” and crawfish-stuffed beignets. In addition to its upscale main dining room, Number 13 offers a more casual, outdoor two-story terrace with live music Thursday through Sunday. For details, visit

Go on a Paddle Board Excursion

Hit the waves in Galveston on a paddle surfing excursion with Ohana Surf & Skate. Ohana offers a wide selection of stand up paddle boards for all skill levels as well as experienced instructors to guide you along the way. Lessons include one-on-one instruction on the beach and in the water. Visit for details.

Explore the New Ropes Course & Zip Line at Moody Gardens

Challenge your agility, balance and strength at Moody Gardens as you encounter the Gulf Coast's tallest five-tier Sky Trail Explorer Ropes Course and new Zip Line opening March 8. Ranging from Criss-Cross Tight Ropes to Burma Buckets, the 71-foot Ropes Course is filled with 48 fascinating obstacles. Thrill seekers can then glide 60 feet in the air on the Moody Gardens Zip Line for a bird's eye view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and tropical gardens. For details, visit

Take a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Beginning in February, Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will sail year-round from Galveston. The ship will offer all new innovations in 2014, including new staterooms with virtual balconies, new dining venues and new amenities such as the first signature FlowRider surf simulator and ship-wide Wi-Fi. Navigator of the Seas will offer vacationers two, seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries. One itinerary calls at Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, while the other calls at Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel. Stay overnight in Galveston before or after your cruise for free parking and transfers to the port. Visit for details.

Play and Cook in Downtown Galveston

For a new experience in downtown Galveston, check out Board Game Island. This board game café has a library of more than 500 games to play at your table as well as a café style menu – known for its pizzas, smoothies and coffee drinks. For details, visit Also, downtown Galveston’s only kitchen boutique, Kitchen Chick, is now offering cooking classes! The classes are themed, taught by professional chefs and range in variety from “Sushi 101” to “Mardi Gras Cuisine.” For details, visit

For new experiences at Galveston lodging venues, visit the newly renovated Moody Gardens Hotel, which just completed a massive update of its 428 guest rooms, spa and more. Or, stay at the waterfront Harbor House Hotel & Marina, which will unveil a full renovation in late February.

For a full list of lodging venues and for more information on Galveston, visit

About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding.