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This year the United Church of God will return to Galveston Island to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. With 32 miles of beaches, abundant leisure activities for all ages, excellent restaurants and Feast-favorable housing accommodations, every Feastgoer will enjoy Galveston.
Recreational opportunities include the Pleasure Pier (an amusement park opened in 2012), Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens (part theme park, part educational and rehabilitative facility housing a 10-story rainforest, one of the world’s largest aquariums and an educational Discovery Museum) and the first 3D IMAX theater in the country. Docked at Moody Gardens, the Colonel, a 750-passenger, 19th-century-style sternwheeler, offers a unique view of the gardens and an enjoyable cruise. The island offers more than 32 family-friendly attractions. Museums abound with the art deco Railroad Museum, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Texas Seaport Museum, which features the 1877 tall ship Elissa on Pier 21. Galveston is home to the 1894 Grand Opera House (the official opera house of Texas). One of the most popular attractions is the Galveston Island Ferry, which is free.
Everyone will want to stroll the Historic Strand Shopping District with shops, art galleries, restaurants and Pier 21 where you can view The Great Storm, a multimedia presentation at the Pier 21 Theater that gives visitors a glimpse of the devastating 1900 storm through a multi-image documentary experience. Hotel and motel prices range from $35 and up with many kitchen units and condominiums available. All are a short drive to church services.
Daily services will be held in the beautiful Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort. It is across the street from the beach, offering great views. For those flying in, two major airports in Houston are convenient.
Temperatures should range from 74 to 85 degrees.
Taxes: Total hotel tax 15%, state sales tax 8.25% and 6.75% local sales tax