So I'm betting if you're on this site you've seen some really beautiful beaches in your life. However, I don't think anyone comes to Galveston for the beautiful water.
Yep, it's dark and nasty looking. And most of us, Houstonians, look past that. Even the seaweed all over the beaches (on occassion).
My point: don't expect the beaches you find in the Carribbeans or anything of that sort....
G-Town Surf - More Than Just Behind Tankers!
Despite the recent media phenomena of surfers in and around Galveston riding the waves of huge oil tankers, which only a handful of people actually do, the island does have real surfing, with dedicated surfers. No, you won't find the monster waves of the North Shore of O'ahu here, but there are a few locations on the island that at times can have decent surf conditions. Off the Seawall towards the east end of the island is usually where you will find most of the island surfers, and the small area of beach near the Flagship Hotel is a favorite spot. And being located along the gulf coast, Galveston's surfer population swells when there is a tropical storm or hurricane brewing nearby. There is generally better surf further south down the Texas coast at such places as Surfside and near Matagorda Bay, but if you look at it from certain perspective, Galveston surfers are some of the most dedicated surfers in the world! Oh, and FYI, if you are looking to get into the tanker surfing thing, it not as easy as just waiting for a tanker to pass by and then catching the wave. There is a lot that goes into this type of surfing as well, but for more info, check out the Surf City Texas website, run by the guy that has been leading the tanker surfing phenomena. Got board?
Ask for anything you want and how you want it
Gaido's has been a family owned seafood restuarant in Galveston since the beginning. They even have a private restuarant Club at the back entrance. Must be a member with two referrals that are members.
No matter though - this place will make you anything you want and any way you want it. Great chefs. They pay for top chefs - and the food is very good. Being able to tell them to change the dish and it comes to the table perfect.
High Price, But Good Quality & Good Views
Located right on the harbor of the Port of Galveston, Fisherman's Wharf is yet another restaurant owned by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. While the prices here are a little on the high side, the quality of food, along with the quality of views, are much better than another Landry's owned restaurant nearby, Willie G's. Restaurant has a great atmosphere, decor is a little over the top in terms of trying to make it seem like an "authentic" seafood joint, but that is sort of Landry's tradition. The selection of food on the menu is incredible, and while seafood is of course the bulk of the cuisine served here, they also have chicken, steak, and pasta dishes as well. The Poboy sandwiches here are really good! Very fresh and a wonderful flavor to them. If the tempurature is not unbearably hot, which it can frequently be, especially in July and August, try and sit on the outside deck area. Great views of the ships and boats passing by in the harbor. Staff is very friendly, and the service is very efficient, although when it is crowded, which is fairly often, there can be a long wait to be seated. The prices are pretty high for Galveston seafood standards, and there are other restaurants on the island that offer the same quality of food for less. But Fisherman's Wharf's location and views are top notch, and can make it a worthwhile place to dine at. Poboys sandwiches! I love Poboys, and they are pretty good here!
Schlitterbahn Waterpark on Galveston Island is the newest addition to this waterpark family. Now you can splash, soak, and slide year-round at the first indoor, climate-controlled waterpark in Texas! This place has everything you expect from a waterpark.
Ticket prices range from:
$22.72 - $36.79 for one-day pass
$35.15 - $58.44 for two-day pass