7 Reasons Why October May Be The Best Month To Visit Galveston Island

Galveston doesn’t quite become a ghost town in October, after the Summer masses have left, but in a sense it is very much a ghost town, with great spooky stories from it’s past, and in October many of those stories come to life as visitors come looking for a new experience on the island!  But the island isn’t just a playground for the paranormal in October!  Amazing festivals, a regatta and cruises leaving each weekend bring in visitors from across the state, and Galveston, as always, is waiting to welcome them with open arms!

Greeting From Galveston Sign

1.  Galveston’s Beaches are always a winner in October, when the crowds of Summer have disappeared, and the waters of the Gulf are cooler and very pleasant!  Western winds also tend to leave the water a little clearer in the Fall.

2.  You’ll find a fun festival each weekend in October, such as Oktoberfest, Galveston Island Greek Festival , ARToberFEST, and the Lone Star Rally!

3.  With so much history, Galveston Island is full of ghost stories!  Guest of the Hotel Galvez can take a ghost tour of the historic hotel and hear the story of the ghost of the 5th floor!  Hear about those claimed but left behind during the 1853 Yellow Fever Epidemic on the island, the Battle of Galveston during the Civil War and the devastating Great Storm of 1900!  During October, visitors can chance to meet the ghost of Miss Bettie Brown, who still oversees the Ashton Villa, which is rarely open to the public!

4.  Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 21-23, 2021 is an annual yacht race from Galveston to Port Aransas, and is cause for a big celebration across the island as the race gets underway!

5.  Birding on the Island  While we always love searching the skies for brown pelicans during a trip to the beach, during the Fall Migration of birds, Galveston Island welcomes so many wonderful birds to the island!  Take a driving tour or even a kayak tour to see some of the local favorites!  The year-round flock of monk parakeets, a non-native species that have survived on the island, are always a thrill to spot when in Galveston!

6.  Cruising to the Caribbean and Mexico    By mid to late October, most of the Summer storms have ended and it’s a great time to take advantage of lower ticket prices on cruises!

7.  Fall Flounder Fishing   Anglers love the island during the Fall, when the flounder head to the Gulf Waters from Galveston Bay to spawn.  They head out through the San Luis Pass on the Far West End of the island, and it’s a great place to catch them!

Galveston Island Visitors Center

2328 Broadway Ave J Galveston 

(Behind the Ashton Villa) 

Click HERE to visit their website.

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