The two-month holiday hiatus between Independence Day and Labor Day is far too long! If you’re ready to start planning your Galveston Labor Day weekend, you’re not alone. If there’s anything you deserve after a year like 2020, it’s a fun-filled vacation! 


Whether you’re going solo, adventuring with other adults, or bringing the whole family (kids included) along for the ride, there’s something outstanding for you to check out in Galveston on Labor Day. 


While this list was curated in 2021, be on the lookout for potential closures due to COVID-19. And don’t forget to book a place to stay

Adults Only

Are you taking a girls’ weekend? Or are you planning a bachelor party, time with your sweetie, or some much-needed alone time? A Galveston Labor Day is a perfect choice! Check out our recommendations for adult-friendly activities to book for your upcoming long weekend in Galveston. 

Galveston Island Brewing

There’s nothing more satisfying on a hot summer day than an ice-cold beer (or hard seltzer)! If you’ve got a grown-ups-only group headed to Galveston, you’ll want to make a stop at Galveston Island Brewing to test out their variety of tasty brews. 


Open seven days a week (and only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), you could even visit them on every day of your long weekend. But, if you want to catch a brewery tour, you’ll have to show up on Saturday, when tours are held at 1:00 pm sharp. Tours last about 30 minutes, and yes, you’re welcome to sip and learn!

Galveston Island Horse and Pony Rides

If this Galveston Labor Day weekend will be a long-needed retreat from your city slicker lifestyle, you’ll want to check out Galveston Island Horse and Pony Rides! Even if you’re a long-time rider, a horseback ride on the beach is a unique activity that very few people get the chance to experience. They even offer sunset rides, where riders can take in every moment of that gorgeous Gulf sunset on horseback. 


The first ride of the day starts at 11:00 am and the last ride of the day begins at 5:00 pm. You can book online or by phone, but the calendar fills up fast. Claim your spot on horseback ASAP!

Activities for the Whole Family

Whether you’ve got the kids in tow or you finally agreed to take your in-laws on vacation, there are plenty of family-friendly activities that will make great additions to your Galveston Labor Day roster. If your minivan is a sardine can full of family, check out the activities below. Each of these suggestions would be perfect for a group adventure!

Moody Gardens

Boasting over 200 acres, Moody Gardens has something for everyone! If you’ve got adventure junkies in your party, check out the zipline. Future zoologists and nature-lovers alike will be thrilled to experience the Aquarium Pyramid and the Rainforest Pyramid, both of which are teeming with amazing wildlife. Moody Gardens also features a spa (Mom, you deserve it!), two theaters, and a giant swimming pool. What’s not to love?


If you’re interested in taking the whole family to Moody Gardens, special ticket packages and discounted pricing are available on their website. If you and yours want to do it all, the One-Day Value Pass is a great deal.  

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

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If your travel group is bored with the beach, Schlitterbahn Waterpark is perfect for the whole family! With various rides and experiences, the park is sure to please adventure-seekers and relaxation junkies alike. The array of things to do at Schlitterbahn—intense water slides, the zipline, the swim-up bar, and the array of private cabanas available by reservation—offer something for everyone in your party. 


Reservations are required for same-day ticket-holders as a COVID-19 precaution, so make sure to make your reservation soon!

Final Thoughts

Galveston is an excellent place to take a Labor Day Weekend getaway! With an array of activities and attractions for grown-ups and the entire family to enjoy, everyone will return home from their Galveston Labor Day exhausted and full of happy memories. 


While all of the attractions above are currently open, be sure to check their websites for specific COVID-19 precautions and guidelines. No one wants to get sick on vacation!


Finally, you’ll miss out on all of the activities above if you can’t find a place to wash off the sunscreen, sand, or spilled beer at the end of an exciting day. Make a reservation for a place to stay as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss out on any of the exciting activities that Galveston has to offer on Labor Day!