Galveston Island Free Trolley Bus Rides Throughout Summer 2017

Galveston Island Free Trolley Bus Rides Throughout Summer 2017

Galveston Island Trolley Bus

With restorations to the rail trolley cars underway, Galveston Island welcomes trolley buses to the island.

A missing piece of Galveston’s charm has returned. While our historic rail trolleys undergo million dollar restorations, four rubber wheel trolleys will be servicing the trolley routes and providing island visitors access from the east end of the island to the west, with numerous stops in between.

The service operates seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The trolley buses will service a downtown route that has seven stops through Galveston’s historic downtown, a ride down 25th Street where riders will transfer to the Seawall Trolley, and stops all along Seawall Boulevard from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens.

Trolley Route Map


Galveston Island Summer 2017 Fireworks Schedule

Galveston Island has free, fireworks shows every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights throughout the summer.

Galveston Island Fireworks

There’s something magical about the way fireworks fill the sky with exploding shapes, luminous colors and triumphant finales full of crackles, booms and whistles.  Fireworks displays are enjoyed by all ages.

Galveston Island dazzling twenty-minute July 4th fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico is at 9:15 p.m. at 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.  Many prefer to watch directly on the beach or from restaurants with outdoor balcony areas.  Popular viewing venues are The Spot, Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar and Brick House Tavern.

Moody Gardens Band on the Sand Summer Concert Series has a fireworks display over Offatts Bayou every Friday and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. thru August 12, 2017.  A great spot to watch is from the Lee and Joe Jamail Bay Park.

Every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. at 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard is another magical seven-minute fireworks display.  This magnificent display of color continues thru September 3, 2017.

More visitors are booking summer getaways on weekday nights to take advantage of weekday rates and smaller crowds.

Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid Reveals New Exhibits May 27

Aquarium Pyramid Grand Reveal

Saturday, May 27, 2017 is an exciting day on Galveston Island.  After 2 years and a $37 million renovation at the Aquarium Pyramid, Moody Gardens will reveal their new exhibits connecting visitors to specific ocean habitats.

The new exhibits include a 2nd penguin habitat featuring Humboldt penguins, a unique, warm-climate penguin, also known as a tropical penguin.

Other exhibit include Mangrove Lagoon, Gulf of Mexico Rig Exhibit and a Jellyfish Gallery.

Aquarium Pyramid new exhibits at Moody Gardens


Yaga’s Wild Game & BBQ Cook-Off

Yaga's Wild Game BBQ Cook-Off

The Yaga’s Wild Game & Barbecue Cook-Off competition allows barbecue enthusiasts to show off their culinary skills and enjoy some good old fashioned fun, fellowship and food while raising money for the Yaga’s Children’s Fund.

This event began over 20 years ago with the intention of creating a family-oriented 2 day event in the Strand Historic District.  To date, the Yaga’s Children’s Fund has allocated an excess of $1,000,000 for Galveston County children’s charities.

Galveston Food And Wine Festival

Galveston Food and Wine Festival

When               Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, 2017

Where             Galveston Island Convention Center

Cost                 Purchase Tickets:


Summary      The 8th Annual Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival has grown to a week long celebration of culinary expertise and award winning vineyard.