Comfort Inn & Suites Galveston Bay Refineries
320 Highway 146 North
Texas City, TX 77590
Phone: (409) 945-5300
Fax: (409) 945-5301
Dog races are a popular sport in Texas, and Houston boasts the largest racetrack in the country. The stands at Gulf Greyhound Park offer clubhouse seating for 1,900 fans, spread over four levels of air-conditioned comfort. Betting is made easy with 318 teller windows. If you come for the day, you can grab a bite to eat in the full-service dining room. For those true canine lovers, the park also has a greyhound adoption program for older dogs. This place is open on Wednesdays at 12pm and on Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm. While you can hop in Sundays at 1.30pm.
Moody Gardens is a picturesque entertainment complex off the West Bay. Established in 1983, it continues to provide education and a living to persons with disabilities. Whether you're on the island for business or pleasure, explore the plethora of experiences it has to offer. The Rainforest Pyramid is home to over 1,000 endangered species of flora and fauna from forests across Asia and Africa. Get up close and personal with Saki Monkeys, macaws and exotic flowers. Aquarium Pyramid is an ode to the Pacific and Atlantic with penguins, seahorses and sharks encompassing the tropical array. Enjoy an astronomic and scientific expedition at the Discovery Pyramid, or the latest blockbuster at the IMAX theater. Laze around on the sandy shores of Palm Beach, Texas's very own paradise complete with a wave pool and river. The pyramids are an oasis of fun and relaxation.
World War II flying aces would be proud of this fine collection of restored aircraft from that era. This Galveston museum also showcases old photographs and artifacts along with the planes. It is the perfect outing for an aircraft enthusiast and provides a fun educational experience for kids of all ages. Be prepared for an adventurous trip into the history of aviation. Different events are scheduled throughout the year, including airshows, lectures and special exhibits. For special event information, call the toll-free number listed above. Admission: $6 Adults; Discounts apply for students, senior citizens and groups.
This water park set in an indoor heated pool is fun for the whole family. A day at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will be totally entertaining. Call ahead for varied dates.
You will probably want to stay at this restored station and explore the train replicas for many hours. The old Santa Fe Depot looks much the same as it did in its 1930s heyday. Multimedia studios will educate you on the history of rail transportation in the area. Located on Galveston's popular Strand, it is the perfect spot to bring the kids for a full day of activities. After all, everyone knows how the little ones feel about trains. See website for admission and complete visitor details.
Everyone is interested in finding out how this popular coastal city got its start. The port was once the state's major transport center, shipping a multitude of goods in and out from around the world. Today it still has the reputation of having the quickest access to open-sea lanes. All the facilities are under the same command center, and no public funds are needed to stay in operation. Other attractions include Fisherman's Wharf, several seaside restaurants and exciting charter boats. You are also welcome to just sit back and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Galveston is the place to find fantastic deep-sea fishing tours and charters. If you cannot wait to catch the big one, then come aboard. The charters are recognized as the largest and finest available for deluxe sea boats. Everything for your comfort, enjoyment and safety is provided. Venture out for a full day on the 12-hour trip, Deep Sea Adventure. You will board the Buccaneer Catamaran (80 feet) that sails at 7:30am and returns at 7:30pm. All tackle and squid bait is provided. If you need a break from the sea, the boat features a large lounge with a color TV, restrooms and a sun deck. See website for pricing, group rates and more.
Cruise into this harbor and enjoy a trip back to the 19th century. This is the home of "The Elissa" a Scottish sailing vessel built in 1877. She took part in the bi-centennial parade to New York City Harbor July 4th 1976 and still takes a voyage now and then. The museum features computerized information about the immigrants who entered Texas through the Port of Galveston. You might find that a relative of yours once walked the same deck. You will also find assorted maritime exhibits and two screens that show exciting sea films throughout the day.
Surrounded by beautiful, restored landmark buildings, fine museums, art galleries, gift shops and delicious seaside restaurants, you will think that you have stepped back into the 19th century. Take the audiotape walking tour down Water Street to learn about the history of the seaport and its Wall Street background, or just enjoy the many other forms of entertainment available. Stop at the actual center for free brochures, event schedules, and to watch a short film about the area. You can also purchase theater tickets for local entertainment before embarking on your journey through the Strand's treasures.
You will not see wolves in this park, but you will see many interesting things in a beautiful Bay setting. Both large ships and pleasure boats enter and leave the Port of Galveston through this island basin, and you can watch it all from a three-story pavilion in the park. Beyond the beauty of the sea, the main attractions are the displays of military vessels. Take a peek at the World War II submarine, Cavalla, or the destroyer, USS Stewart, among others. Tours are available on request. Kids will enjoy the fishing pier and playground. See website for admission prices and more.
The Strand Galveston or the historic downtown area of Galveston preserves the historical underpinnings of the city. The district center embraces diverse activities and attractions ranging from Victorian buildings to restaurants, nightclubs, wide varieties of shopping stores. The cosmopolitan strand or Avenue B as it is commonly referred to, is very popular for its seasonal Christmas festival, dickens on strand and the celebration of Mardi Gras. Today, it is renowned as a historic landmark that attracts tourists for its captivating attractions like museums and art-galleries. Certainly, it defines the entertainment pulse of the city.
Visit this popular museum to explore the historical highlights of Galveston Island's magnificent past. Located inside a former private bank building (1919) that features artistic design and outstanding ceilings, the museum displays artifacts relating to agriculture, naval history, mercantile history and much more.Changing exhibits provide a broad view of what was once the state's largest and most affluent county. Caught up in the spell, you might even find yourself wanting to go searching for Karankawa artifacts on the beach when you leave. This place opens at 10am from Monday to Saturday and at 12pm on Sunday.