Several of Galveston’s beach parks and tourist attractions have reopened to the public following Hurricane Harvey’s arrival last weekend. The beaches and the island’s major tourist attractions received minimal damages from the storm.
The parks – including Stewart Beach, Seawolf Park and Dellanera RV Park, reopened today. Seawall beaches have been open since Monday.
Kelly de Schaun, executive director of the Galveston Park Board and Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the storm caused temporary flooding at the parks with limited damage. Flood waters in Galveston’s historic downtown district are gone and 80% of businesses in the district are open, according to Galveston’s Downtown Partnership.
“Galveston’s tourism industry was blessed to have fared relatively well through the storm,” de Schaun said. “Our goal at this point is to simply update our partners on the status of our beaches and tourism assets. We understand that so many communities in this region are suffering greatly and, as an industry and organization, our focus is on providing support to those that were heavily impacted.”
Galveston’s hotels are open and operating as normal. No major issues have been reported at the island’s hotel and lodging venues. The following major attractions are open:
- 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA*Offering free
admission through Sept. 4
- American Undersea Warfare Center
- Artist Boat
- Bishop’s Palace *Offering free admission through Sept. 4
- Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
- Moody Gardens
- Moody Mansion
- Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum*Offering free admission through Sept. 4
- Pier 21 Theater *Offering free admission through Sept. 4
- Texas Seaport Museum *Offering free admission through Sept. 4
- The Bryan Museum*Offering free admission through Sept. 4
- The Grand 1894 Opera House
- Galveston Cruise Terminal/Port of Galveston
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will open Saturday. East Beach and the West End Pocket Parks remain closed due to limited staff and a power outage at the East Beach Pavilion. The Galveston Railroad Museum experienced flood damage and is closed until further notice.
For more information, visit www.galveston.com.
Update on Galveston’s Historic Hotels
Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel; The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel; and Harbor House Hotel report minimal damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey and are open and operating.
The Hurricane made its initial landfall near Rockport, Tex., north of Corpus Christi, on Friday, Aug. 25. Following the storm, Galveston County and Houston suffered massive flooding due to record breaking rain. Galveston Island experienced flooding in its historic downtown, East End Historic District and West End along with other low lying neighborhoods. The waters receded quickly and cleanup began immediately.
Below is an update on the hotels:
• Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, located on Galveston’s Seawall Blvd. had minor issues during the storm and is open and fully operational. The hotel’s restaurant, Galvez Bar & Grill, is open and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel plans to reopen The Spa at Hotel Galvez on Friday, Sept. 1, and will resume its weekly Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 3. Hotel Galvez is a 226-room historic hotel that dates to 1911.
• The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is located in Galveston’s historic downtown. Downtown Galveston had minimal damage. The hotel’s lobby is raised and had minor cleanup after the storm. The Tremont House offers 119 rooms and is the only hotel located in The Historic Strand District.
• Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21 is Galveston’s only hotel overlooking the port. The 42-room hotel did not experience any flooding due to the storm and continues operations. Restaurants at Pier 21 are already open.
“Our hearts go out to all the families and businesses devastated by Hurricane Harvey,” says Complex General Manager Steve Cunningham. “In support of those impacted by the storm, we are honoring cancellations through Sept. 7.”