See Galveston Harbor up close aboard Seagull II, Texas Seaport Museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel. Fast, stable and sheltered, she was built specifically for harbor sight-seeing excursions and education, and is a perfect platform for waterborne experiential learning. The boat is U.S. Coast Guard certified and her operators are fully licensed and knowledgeable about the history and lore of her home waters. Seagull II offers soft drinks and bottled water for sale, and has a comfortable main deck, sheltered from sun and rain. An open upper deck affords a full panorama of water and sky.
Students, ages 6 through 18: $8
Children 5 and under: FREE
Don’t miss this chance to get a new perspective on Galveston Bay and the historic Port of Galveston. Knowledgeably narrated tours explore the wide variety of birds and marine life that teems in the Bay. (We have no contract with them, but playful dolphins almost always show up to entertain themselves by watching the red-and-white boat and its passengers.) And the human activity in this busy port can only truly be appreciated from the water. A tour aboard the Seagull II is always an hour well spent.
For reservation information, call Galveston Island Tours at 409-765-8687.
See the imprint of events and eras in Galveston’s nearly two centuries of history on a shifting shoreline. From the restored 1877 sailing vessel Elissa to the grounded ferroconcrete vessel Selma to the sites of the Civil War Battle of Galveston, history is visible on Galveston Bay. Social Studies take on new life as students explore the first and oldest seaport in Texas, still busy and evolving.
INTRODUCTION TO GALVESTON HARBOR TOUR
Time: 1 hour. Cost: $8.00 per student & chaperone
Enjoy 1 hour of history, wildlife adventure, folklore and more. See Galveston and Galveston Bay from a unique perspective. Experience close-up encounters with big ships, dolphins and seabirds.
MARINE BIOLOGY TOUR : FLOATING CLASSROOM
Time: 90 minutes. Cost: $15 per student and chaperone
Students breathe the ocean air, visit area birding islands to see indigenous shore bird species, pose challenging questions, use the scientific method, and discuss their findings with the marine biologist aboard.
MARINE BIOLOGY TOUR : FLOATING CLASSROOM/LABORATORY
Time: 2 hours. Cost: $20 per student and chaperone
Our marine biologist leads students in trawling for fish and other sea creatures for hands-on and microscopic observation. Students pose challenging questions and explore answers using the scientific method. The tour visits area birding islands to see indigenous shore bird species and birds of passage in all their variety.