Family Fun in Galveston During Labor Day Weekend

This Labor Day Weekend, make the most of the end of the summer season on the beach or beyond at one of Galveston Island’s many attractions.

Participate in Fun, Free Beach Activities

Learn how to create spectacular sandcastles with lessons from professional sandcastle builders during Sandcastle Days on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Stewart Beach. Registration is not required for the lessons and equipment will be provided on a limited basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sand buckets and shovels.

If you’re more of an athlete than an artist, consider participating in the Galveston Family Beach Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here, participants will complete among 14 stations that include giant battle ships, huge bean bags, giant Jenga and limbo. The winners will receive a $500 gift card and tickets to some of the island’s attractions. For more information, visit

Join the Bucket Brigade in exploring the creatures and features that make Galveston beaches unique. Tours are educational and fun for ocean lovers of all ages. Hands-on activities investigate topics including Galveston’s turbid water, marine debris, seaweed, and more. The beach tours take place at Stewart Beach and are offered on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5 and last approximately 45 minutes.

Head to Galveston’s Attractions & Museums

Visitors to Moody Gardens can enjoy the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, MG3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Palm Beach and much more. Thrill rides and midway games await at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark offers cool fun on its lazy river or on its slides. History buffs will revel in experiencing climbing aboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA or admiring the intricate woodwork and stained-glass windows at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. The Bryan Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of art and artifacts related to the Southwest and features a children’s area with interactive exhibits.

Explore Historic Downtown Galveston

The heartbeat of the island can be found in its downtown. Home to official designations including the Strand Historic District, the Downtown Cultural Arts District and the Historic Strand Seaport area, here you’ll find historic architecture, family attractions, locally owned restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, performance venues and more. Be sure to stroll along Postoffice Street home to The Grand 1894 Opera House and a collection of art galleries and antique shops. An active port lies nearby, just across Harborside Drive. Here, fishing boats make their way to sea at dawn to bring their fresh hauls to island restaurants.  

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, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is the birthplace of Juneteenth and home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.