Spring has officially sprung, presenting a splendiferous time to round up the family for some fun and adventurous April events on historic Galveston Island!
The cold weather has all but gone, replaced by balmy skies and the relaxing Gulf Coast trade winds. It’s a perfect time to bask in the sun while checking out these exciting Family Fun events in Galveston:
El Galéon Tours
From April 6-9, Galveston will welcome El Galéon, a replica of a majestic Spanish galleon that traversed the world’s oceans in the 16th century. Converted into a floating museum, the vessel offers a unique and up-close- look at life aboard the historic galleon.
Step aboard the170-foot sailing vessel, which harks back to the golden age of Western expansion into the Americas. The crew of El Galéon lives aboard the ship 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will conduct tours.
Once aboard, be sure to roam above and below the decks (5 total), talk to the crew members and absorb dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, historical documents and displays. There is no time limit for your tour, and photos are welcome
Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, said El Galéon’s visit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids young and old.
“GHF is excited to welcome the El Galéon to our Pier 22 as a companion to our historic vessel ELISSA,” he said. “This is a rare opportunity to see this amazing Spanish ship and meet its crew. This visits sets the stage for our inaugural Tall Ship extravaganza planned for April 2018. Join us as we explore and learn about our maritime heritage.”
Tickets may be purchased online and at the Texas Seaport Museum, 2100 Harborside. For more information, call 409-763-1877. Tour tickets are $10 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Tickets to tour the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA are also available.