SENIOR TOURISTS IN GALVESTON ISLAND

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Are Flocking Like Birds to Galveston Island

Suddenly Senior has selected the top spots for senior visitors and the listing is quite attractive. Their Best Suddenly Senior Travel for 2012 selected Galveston Island, Texas as a hot spot.  It is becoming a tourist magnet for many seniors and for good reason. Galveston Island is located on the coastline of Texas just 50 miles south of Houston and 48,000 folks call it home. Here seniors come to explore the treasures it has to offer – 32 miles of beaches, relaxed atmosphere, abundant leisure activities, excellent medical facilities, first-rate restaurants, educational opportunities, numerous attractions and a vibrant historic downtown that offers cruising, shopping, arts and entertainment. The history on Galveston Island is fascinating. Amazon has a great book on the history of the Island by Gary Cartwright.

Things for Seniors to See and Do

How about 43 things for seniors To See and Do for starters?  TripAdvisor will find you a great hotel or a B&B as well as make some suggestions for senior gourmets to check out. The Island has several historic homes to visit. The Island is full of culture, from classical music to all-night rock, from street festivals to lectures by distinguished scholars and in 1993, Galveston was chosen as one of the 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family. That’s pretty impressive folks.

In addition birding is a favorite along with fishing. Several great museums are high on the itinerary for visitors as well. Spanning the island from gulf to bay, the 1,935-acre Galveston Island State Park has salt marsh areas rich in birdlife with views from elevated boardwalks and observation platforms.

My wife and I enjoy taking a tour of an area that is new for us and Galveston has its share including one of those Duck Tours that travel both on land and in the water. Relaxing on the thirty-two miles of beaches is worth the trip alone. When you’re done relaxing, find out what makes Galveston Island such a special, diverse destination by enjoying any of the island’s many attractions, shopping, historical sites or taking a Caribbean cruise. Maybe you would enjoy riding a bike in place of jumping on board a bus tour? Bicycles are available for rent for those who want to leisurely tour the area. The four wheel bikes seem to be very popular.  Some of them seat up to four people. You will soon know why Galveston Island is one of Texas’s most popular tourist areas for seniors to visit.

One-stop websites are always a favorite for those who want to avoid looking up information on Google. Galveston Island, Texas Online is one of those. This YouTube video is another example that provides seniors with many reasons to put GI on their “bucket list.” It is one fun site and well done as well. I’ve got to get down there myself! Good enough for Glen Campbell, good enough for me!

It’s that mild climate…

Being on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston is blessed by nature with a mild climate, the average temperature is 70°, miles of sandy beaches and an abundance of birds and marine life. Now, just listening to the one and only Glen Campbell singing “Galveston” is enough to turn your antennae the direction of Galveston Island and come and “hear your sea winds blowing” in person. Boy, he can sure play that guitar, can’t he? jeb



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