Historic/Dolphin Combo Tour

Want to see dolphin???? Cool Tours provides a unique and comprehensive Historic/Dolphin Combo Tour that combines our  East End Historic Tour with Galveston’s top rated Dolphin-Watching tour. Note: The East End Historic Tour is still available as a standalone offering.

Your 2-1/2 hour Combo Tour starts at Cool Tours’ loading location at 25th & Seawall Boulevard, next to the Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier. For the first 30 minutes of your Combo Tour you will travel on Cool Tours’ climate-controlled bus. You will learn about the history of Galveston Island and hear humorous and entertaining stories about the people who shaped Galveston’s unique history. This portion of the Combo Tour will take you through the East End Historic District with its beautiful 19th century Victorian homes and mansions. You will also see unique tree sculptures.

When you arrive at Pier 21, you will board the 36-passenger Dolphin-Watching Tour boat. This unique boat is powered by a jet propulsion system to ensure no harm is done to the dolphins. You will enjoy a 45-minute narrated boat tour around Galveston Harbor while in pursuit of the beautiful and fun-loving pods of dolphin that live in the harbor. You have a choice of either enclosed seating or outside seating for year-round enjoyment!

After you finish the boat tour, you hop back onto the Cool Tours bus. You will then complete the remainder of the Combo Tour through the historic Strand District. The Strand contains unique shopping, museums, and restaurants, as well as the art galleries and sidewalk cafes on Post Office Street.

Tour Loading Location and Parking:

Our tours load near the intersection of 25th & Seawall Blvd on the beach-side of Seawall Blvd and to the left of the Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier, if you are facing it. Parking is available along the seawall or next to the Fish Tales restaurant at the intersection of 25th & Seawall Blvd.

Complimentary Pickup and Dropoff at the Galveston Visitor Center

We are pleased to announce that we now offer complimentary pickup and dropoff for our tours at the Galveston Visitor Center at 23rd & Broadway Ave. There is free parking in the parking lot behind the Visitor Center and on the streets adjacent to the Visitor Center. Pickup times at the Visitor Center are 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour departure time, e.g. for the 2:00 tour, we pick up at the Visitor Center at 1:30.

Historic/Dolphin Combo Tour Schedule:

The times shown below are Departure times for our tours from the Seawall loading location. We begin loading at the Seawall Blvd location 15 minutes prior to departure.

  • Limited Schedule Due to Hurricane Harvey – we are currently running our regular tours on SATURDAYS ONLY – 2:00; For groups of 6 or more, we are available for tours on other days. Call 409-539-5374 and we will be happy to discuss your plans.
  • Summer Schedule: Memorial Day to August 14 – open Daily – 10:00, 11:30, 2:00, 3:30

Closures

There may be periodic closures due to weather, private charters, etc. so we recommend that you call 409-539-5374 for information on the current day’s schedule. The Homepage of this website also lists any upcoming closures.

Ticket Prices

All individual ticket sales are on a first-come first-serve basis. Tickets can be purchased 30 minutes prior to each tour time on the day of the tour at the tour bus at our loading location at 25th & Seawall Blvd.

Regular Hurricance Harvey Special
Adult $30 $25
Children (3-12) $15 $10

 

 

 

 

 

Group Reservations: For groups of 6 or more, advanced reservations can be made at least 48 hours in advance by calling 409-539-5374. (Please note that our reservations office is closed on Sundays and Mondays.) We offer a $2 discount off of each Combo Tour group ticket. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required for advanced reservations. You must arrive at the loading location to secure your reserved tickets at least 15 minutes prior to tour time or your reservations will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited.

Private Tours: Our tour buses are available for private tours. Each tour bus holds up to 22 passengers. Call 409-539-5374 and we will be happy to discuss our custom tour options.