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.

The Historic/Dolphin Combo Tour itinerary is as follows:

  • 10:00 / 2:00 – Board the Cool Tours bus at 25th & Seawall Boulevard for the first half of the land tour
  • 10:45 / 2:45 – Arrive at Pier 21 and board the Baywatch Dolphin-Watching Tour boat
  • 12:00 / 4:00 – Board the Cool Tours bus for the remainder of the land tour
  • 12:30 / 4:30 – Arrive at 25th & Seawall Boulevard

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.

We also provide complimentary pickup and dropoff for our tours at the parking lot behind the Visitor Center at 23rd & Sealy Ave. Pickup times at the Visitor Center are 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour 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. We begin loading 15 minutes prior to departure.

  • New Years Day thru May 26 – open Tuesday thru Saturday – 2:00; closed Sunday and Monday
  • Memorial Day (starting May 27, 2017) to Labor Day – open Tuesday thru Sunday – 10:00, 2:00; closed Monday
  • Labor Day to November 30 – open Tuesday thru Saturday – 2:00; closed Sunday and Monday
  • December 1 to New Years Day – all tours closed for winter break

Note: For groups of 8 or more, we are available for tours on days we are normally scheduled to be closed. Call 409-539-5374 and we will be happy to discuss your plans.


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 Current Tour Schedule section of this website also lists any upcoming closures.

Ticket Prices

Same-Day Ticket Sales:  Same-day tickets sales are on a first-come first-serve basis. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at the bus at our loading location at 25th & Seawall Blvd.

Advanced Reservations: Advanced reservations can be made AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling 409-539-5374. We require a credit card to secure the reservation; however, you do not need to pay for the tickets until you arrive for the tour. Your card will only be charged in the event of a no-show without at least 24 hours notice, in which case your card will be charged the full ticket price. Note: If you do not arrive at the loading location to purchase your reserved tickets at least 15 minutes prior to tour time, your reservations will be cancelled. 

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.

Group Discounts: For groups of 6 or more, we offer $2 off each ticket for the Combo Tour.

Adult $30 (Reg $35)
Children (3-12) $15 (Reg $20)