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The Galveston Island Bucket List
By: Clayton Kolavo
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

There is so much to do on our little island that you may not be able to do it all at once, but no worries! We have compiled the ultimate 'bucket list' to tackle in Galveston, Texas.

How many have you done? One? Ten? Better get going!

1. Take a helicopter ride around the island

2. Visit 
1892 Bishop’s Palace

3. Try Gaido’s world-famous Texas shaped pecan pie

4. Catch a show at 
The Grand 1894 Opera House (named “The Official Opera House of Texas”)

5. Reel in a fish off 
61st Street Fishing Pier

6. Go shelling (and if you’re really lucky you might just find a Sea Bean)!

7. Catch a cotton-candied colored sunrise on the beach

8. Bike the entire 10.3 miles of 
Seawall (the nation’s longest continuous sidewalk)

9. Ride the train at the 
Galveston Railroad Museum

10. Check out the catch of the day and eat fresh seafood from Katie’s Seafood Market

11. Meet a penguin, otter or seal at Moody Gardens

12. Attend Dickens on The Strand in costume

13. Get spooked year-round at the Haunted Mayfield Manor

14. Spot a dolphin on a harbor tour

15. Ride the World’s Tallest Water Coaster at Schlitterbahn: MASSIV

16. Discover Old-World Charm in 
Historic Downtown Galveston

17. Spot as many of the 35 tree sculptures as possible

18. Snap a picture inside a 
#LoveGalveston picture frame and share on social media

19. Try 
Galveston Island Brewing beer

20. Play a round of golf at Moody Gardens

21. Attend the largest motorcycle rally in Texas

22. Purchase local art

23. Take your pet to the beach (dog?, cat?, rabbit?, or pig? Galveston’s beaches welcomes all walks of life!)

24. Step aboard the
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

25. Go Birding

26. Rent a beach house

27. Explore the Broadway Cemetery

28. Take a picture underneath the Mardi Gras Arch

29. Catch a play at Island ETC

30. Explore Hendley Market

31. Take a picture on one of the GIANT beach chairs and share using #LoveGalveston

32. Read a book on the Great Storm of 1900 at the 
Rosenberg Library

33. Attend Movie Nite on The Strand at Saengerfest Park

34. Grab a scoop of 
Hey Mikey’s homemade ice cream

35. Take a 
cruise out of Galveston Island

36. Witness a taffy pull at 
La King’s Confectionery

37. Take a tour of the USS Cavalla and USS Stewart at The Galveston Naval Museum at Seawolf Park

38. Go to the Galveston’s Own Farmers Market at the Bryan Museum

39. Check out the famous Victorian architecture from Galveston’s own Nicholas Clayton (from Bishop’s Palace to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and many more!)

40. Catch beads at 
Mardi Gras! Galveston

41. Recreate the 1900 Storm Memorial statue pose

42. Learn how to build a 

43. Enjoy happy hour at a downtown restaurant

44. Make a round trip on the FREE ferry

45. Take a selfie with a Turtles About Town sea turtle statue

46. Spot a monkey at the Moody Gardens Rainforest exhibit

47. Take a 
ghost tour

48. Take an action shot in front of the “Greeting from Galveston, Texas” mural and share using the #LoveGalveston

49. Try a ‘Have A Cow! Shake’ from 
Star Drug Store

50. Ride a Segway down the Strand Historic District



*Printable Checklist - Galveston Island Bucket List


Article written by Clayton Kolavo

Clayton is the Engagement Strategist for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, overseeing the bureau's social media presence and engagement initiatives. He began working in the tourism industry following his graduation from Texas State University with a BS in Public Relations and Mass Communication.


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