* View the impressive display of vintage aircraft at the Texas Aviation Museum
* Do the Beach thing .
* Charter a fishing boat.
* Golf at the Galveston Isle Municipal Golf Course.
* Take in the ocean view at any of the pier or seawall restaurants.
Parasailing For adventure at the beach this summer, try a parasail flight over the Gulf of Mexico with Caribbean Breeze Parasailing. On this excursion, riders can soar up to 500 feet above the water, suspended from a boat by a parachute-like wing. In addition to the thrill of the 15-minute flight, riders will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the coast for a truly unique experience. The entire excursion lasts about an hour and cost $90 per person. You can also take home your very own GoPro video for an additional fee. For more information, see www.galvestonparasail.com.
Flyboarding Like a scene out of futuristic movie, flyboarding allows flyers to strap on a jet-pack device and hover up to 35 feet above Offatts Bayou. Extreme Water Sports has brought this fast-growing sport to the island and offers rides lasting from 20 to 60 minutes starting at $99. Each ride includes one-on-one training with a professional, certified instructor. For details, visit www.exremewatersportsgalveston.com.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding For a fun, relaxing way to be on the water and get some exercise, stand-up paddle boarding fits the bill. SUP Gulf Coast, operating at 29th and Seawall Boulevard, offers group and private lessons, vacation packages and paddle board rentals starting at $20 per hour or $50 per day. For a unique way to start the day, consider joining SUP for a sunrise paddle. For more information, visit www.supgulfcoasttx.com.
Artist Boat Kayak Adventure Galveston’s Artist Boat offers kayak adventures on Galveston’s bays. The adventures are led by certified guides and can include an art lesson. These interpretive kayak tours on Galveston’s East End Lagoon and at the Galveston Island State Park give participants the opportunity to admire Galveston’s natural beauty and wildlife during a two- or four-hour tour. More information is available at www.artistboat.org.
Music at East Beach There’s fun to be had out of the water, too. Galveston’s party beach, East Beach, gets even more festive during weekends throughout the summer. DJ concerts will take place on Saturdays and live music concerts will take place on Sundays from 3 p.m.to 6 p.m. now through Labor Day weekend. For details, visit www.galvestonbeachinfo.com.
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. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island. For more information, visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.