Galveston Shore Excursions
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum
The Ocean Star Drilling Rig and Museum is housed in a retired rig which operated for nearly two decades in the Gulf of Mexico. Look at scale models of oil rigs, underwater ROVs and drilling equipment. Visit the gift shop for t-shirts, souvenirs, books and silver jewelry. The museum is located next to the cruise port.
Texas Seaport Museum
Texas Seaport Museum hosts the three masted tall ship Elissa which carried cargo for almost 100 years, plying at first the Atlantic Ocean, then the North sea and Baltic sea, to end her career in the Mediterranean. Elissa was saved from near scrap at Piraeus port in Greece by the Galveston Historical Society in 1977. The museum is positioned a short walk from the cruise terminals.
To experience how the wealthy lived towards the end of the nineteenth century drop by at the wonderful Bishops Palace. The house was constructed in 1892 for the railroad businessman Walter Gresham and his extended family. The house is flamboyantly furnished with numerous authentic fittings like eleven impressive fireplaces, rare wood paneling and bronze statues. The house is open every day except Tuesdays. The Bishop’s Palace is located on Broadway Avenue on the southern side of the East End, one of Galveston’s historic districts.
Moody Gardens started out in the 1980s with a hippotherapy horse riding program for people with brain trauma. The park has developed into a foremost attraction, with three gigantic pyramids, and the hippotherapy progamme still plays a vital part. Dive into the Aquarium pyramid and visit the Caribbean, the South Atlantic and the South Pacific. See Rainforest Pyramid with over 1000 species of tropical plants from the rainforests of Asia, the Americas and Africa. Explore the interesting field of science at the Discovery Pyramid which showcases a number of absorbing exhibitions. Moody Gardens also offers a golf course, an IMAX Ridefilm cinema and a tour of Offats Bayou on the 1800s styled Colonel Paddlewheeler boat. Moody Gardens is positioned next to Galveston’s airport, around 2 miles from the cruise terminals.
The Schlitterbahn Waterpark is great fun for all the family with its super variety of attractions including the World's tallest water rollercoaster, the Bahnzai Pipeline twin water flume, Whitewater beach, the Boogie Bahn wave rider, the Torrent tidal wave river, the Cliffhanger near vertical speed slides and the Blastenhoff heated pool with swim up bar. The waterpark is just east of Scholes airport, about 9 miles from the cruise port.
Stewart Beach Park offers an outdoor pavilion, a souvenir shop, umbrella and beach chair rentals, volleyball courts and restrooms. The beach shelves slowly into the sea, and on a calm day the shallows are perfect for children to paddle in. Go a short distance westwards from the beach to stroll along Galveston’s celebrated sea wall, which has successfully defended the city since its building after the 1900 storm. Stewart Beach Park can be found around a mile south east of the cruise ship port.
Galveston Cruising Resources