Houston Hotel Magazine Spring 2017

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The advent of spring in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets. On Galveston Island, this part of the year is known as “island time,” when folks from across the state flock here to soak up the sun and relax on the beach. Though, Galveston is not your average beach town. If you step away from the island’s 32 miles of sun-soaked shores, you’ll discover a place that balances the old and the new with captivating ease. With more than its fair share of surprises and plenty of things to see and do, the possibilities are endless – all while being less than an hour’s drive from Houston. Here are 10 reasons to visit Galveston this season:

1. OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Galveston may be best known for its sandy beaches, but there’s far more to do here than work on your suntan. Experience the world’s fastest-growing sport – standup paddle boarding – and catch a few waves as you take in a view of Seawall Boulevard. Admire the beauty of the Texas Gulf Coast as you kayak through the marshes and bayous of Galveston Island State Park. Craving an adrenaline rush? Soar 500 feet in the air during a parasailing tour by Caribbean Breeze. For the ultimate heart-pounding exprience, go skydiving with Skydive Galveston. Leap from a plane thousands of feet above the island and relish the fantastic view as you parachute down to terra firma. When you need to catch your breath, find a shady spot on the beach and let the cool breeze wash over you.

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