The best things to do in Galveston this winter deliver on everything from water thrills to a tranquil walk through history. Here’s where to get started.

The Best Things to do in Galveston This Winter


The best things to do in Galveston this winter are often the same as the rest of the year. With a temperate climate and stunning views of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston offers incredible value and fun. Head south this winter and join the flock of "Winter Texans," looking to enjoy the best of Galveston. Here's where to get started.

Cool off at the Galveston Seawall

Get a break from the winter sun and learn more about the history of Galveston at the Galveston Seawall. This historic seawall was built as protection after a hurricane swept through in 1900 and currently spans 10 miles long, 17 feet high, and 16 feet thick. 

As one of the best things to do in Galveston this winter, visitors can make a day at Seawall Urban Park playing, jogging, biking, and people watching. Or head over to over to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier for carnival-style rides, games, and concessions with Gulf of Mexico views.

See a Pyramid

Galveston makes it fun to explore the pyramids and get an education at the same time at Moody Gardens. These manufactured structures feature an Aquarium Pyramid housing penguins, sea creatures, and sharks among other sea creatures. Keep an eye out for free-roaming monkeys and endangered animals at the Rainforest Pyramid and see a 4D movie at the Discovery Pyramid. Beyond the pyramids, guests at Moody Gardens can relax on the hour-long Colonel Paddlewheel Boat ride or test their strength at the ropes course and zip line.

Stroll the Strand

Get a taste of downtown Galveston by strolling the Strand for window shopping and restaurant hopping your way through vacation. Along the way, you'll discover Galveston’s gorgeous Victorian architecture and galleries for a lazy day of exploring. Make your way to Saengerfest Park and play a game of life-size chess with your family before heading back to your Galveston beach house rental. And if you come back to the area during the rest of the year, look for outdoor movies and music on select Saturdays from March through October. 

Visit the Museums

Galveston’s rich history provides plenty of opportunities to learn about its past. Start with a visit to Galveston Naval Museum at Seawolf Park for an education on the city's military history. Then take your favorite train buff to see the historic ten-wheeler steam locomotives at the Railroad Museum. There’s also the famous Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum for a unique overview of how an oil rig works.

Little visitors aren’t forgotten in Galveston. Designed with kids in mind, the Galveston Children's Museum delights and educates little visitors. For an afternoon of interactive fun, join the family-friendly Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast for a trip back in time to the days of the last buccaneers. 

See the Dolphins on a Ferry Ride

Some of the best things to do in Galveston are found right on the water. Just ask around and Winter Texans will tell you the best ride in the Lone Star State is on the Galveston Bolivar Ferry. Hop on board for a 30-minute ride for an overview of the area and chance to see playful dolphins. 

Play at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

If you want to spend more time in the water and enjoy a few thrills, spend the day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston. Jump right in the lazy river for a mile of splashing and fun that connects three park sections throughout Schlitterbahn Galveston. 

Schlitterbahn Waterpark isn’t for the faint at heart with thrill rides including the Rohr!, Cliffhanger and the immersive Screaming Serpents body slide. Water coasters, the tallest water coaster in the world, and wave pools keep your heart pounding before swimming up to a bar for a quick bite or drink at Shipwreck Harbor.

Get the Galveston Island Pass

If you want to go beyond some of the best things to do in Galveston and see it all, pick up a Galveston Island Pass. The pass saves 40% off area attractions, including the Children's Museum, Galveston Naval Museum, Moody Gardens, Moody Mansion, and even a historical ghost tour, among others. 

Are you a remote worker, retiree, or devoted snowbird looking for new winter destination ideas? Combine your Island Pass with a variety of Galveston beach house rentals to choose from and turn your visit into cost-effective fun.

Enjoy Some Holiday Magic

There's so much to do around the holidays in Galveston; you can turn your winter getaway into a month-long adventure. Book a Galveston beach house rental and enjoy some holiday magic with seasonal events. A Polar Express Train Ride, Holidays at Moody Gardens, Festival of Lights, Downtown Laser Light Show, and much more keep you busy nearly every night of the week.  

The best things to do in Galveston this winter are all about being outdoors, enjoying the waterfront, and spending time with your loved ones. Whether you pick a Galveston beach house rental or stay closer to downtown, you can turn your getaway into an extended vacation that delivers on relaxation and fun.