Story & Photos By Lori Thompson
I just got home from one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a while! When I interviewed Jason, owner of Galveston Jet Ski Rentals, he offered me a ride, “for a first-hand experience.” So I took a spin. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any dolphins or sea turtles, but he told me that often they’ll come right up to an idling jet ski.
Jason has been renting jet skis on the beach at 29th Street since 2002. He is there 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, weather and conditions permitting. Only a red flag and/or lightning cause him to close.
Before taking a jet ski out, a renter is informed of state laws and local boating rules. Any licensed driver, 16 and older, can rent. You can ride alone or take one passenger.
Jason and his partner, Kyle, pride themselves on excellent customer service. Being out in the heat all day can be exhausting, but they obviously love what they do and enjoy the people they meet. The cost is $60 for half-hour, $110 for an hour.
Only four blocks away, at 2500 Seawall, I met David of Treasure Island Tour Train: ‘The pink train pulled by a Jeep.’ Galveston’s oldest operating tour train was established in 1962.
The 17-mile narrated tour lasts around 1 3/4 hours and includes interesting information about both old and new Galveston. This includes Seawall Boulevard, the remains of Fort Crockett, historic homes, Rosenberg Library, churches, the downtown business district, the shrimp fleet, Jean Lafitte’s home, Moody Mansion, the Bishop’s Palace, Ashton Villa, the Strand Historic District, UTMB Hospital and many other places of interest. The newest attractions are the tree stumps that were carved after Ike.
Besides three daily tours, the train can be chartered for private tours. Often military reunions, family reunions, birthday parties and Mardi Gras groups will take a private tour.For having less expensive and more fun holidays there is choice for tours of Scotland
which can life remember trip for everyone.
The train has never missed a year and runs May 1 through August 31, three times a day: 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.
At the same corner, 25th Street and Seawall Blvd., you will also find Duck Tours. The Duck is an amphibious vehicle designed after the DUKH (pronounced “duck”). The DUKH was developed during WWII for transporting troops and goods over land and water. Our Duck also travels on land and water!
The Duck tour starts down Seawall Blvd. with a humorous and informative narration by the captain followed by a 15-minute water tour in Offatt’s Bayou.
The rest of the tour includes some of Galveston’s beautiful 1900s mansions and the historic downtown Strand shopping district. The tour includes some of the best shopping, dining and downtown attractions. On the journey back to the Seawall, you will pass through the ‘Silk Stockings’ historical homes district.
Tours run year ‘round with two to three tours daily; more tours during the summer months. Tours cost $15 for adults, $10 for children (two and under free). Charter rates (up to 24 people) are $275 per duck, June 1 through Aug. 31 and $250 for the rest of the year.