Artist Boat

Artist Boat provides guided interpretive tours to places of natural significance on Galveston Island and Galveston Bay via kayak. Details of our Eco-Art and Eco-Tour Kayak Adventures can be found on our Public Kayak Adventure Calendar page.

Galveston Island State Park

The Galveston Island State Park offers paddlers access to one of Galveston's premier ecological and historical jewels. Witness herons and pelicans flying overhead, travel back in time to when the Karankawas made Galveston Island their winter home, and discover how restoration scientists have restored wetlands and fisheries. This 1,200-acre state park hosts many examples of barrier island habitats explored easily from the beach or by walking trails.


Christmas Bay

Christmas Bay Coastal Preserve is a place for the adventurous as well as the romantic. Hosting the last remaining natural stands of seagrass beds in Galveston Bay, Christmas Bay supports the offshore shrimp fisheries and the recreational fisherman's desire for redfish. Explore one of the most pristine places on Galveston Bay where an unhindered horizon line meets the Gulf of Mexico. See what most of Galveston bay looked like prior to the affects of subsidence and development. While driving over the San Luis Pass Bridge to leave Galveston Island, one gets a great view of one of two entrances the Gulf of Mexico makes to Galveston Bay. In addition, you are able to gaze upon the fragility of Galveston Island dunes, beaches, prairies, and marshes.

X-Mas Bay

Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve

Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve is the largest urban park in the United States and is only a 30-minute drive from Galveston Island. Twenty-two similar bayous feed into Galveston Bay flowing behind Galveston Island into west bay and into the Gulf of Mexico. Mysterious pathways delight moonlight and daylight paddlers as no motorized vessels are allowed on Armand Bayou. This haven for wildlife should not be missed for those wishing to explore the estuary from the freshwater to saltwater environments.

Armand Bayou

Drum Bay

Drum Bay is a shallow secondary bay to West Bay and hosts a magnificent rookery island supporting reddish egrets, great blue herons, roseatte spoonbills, tricolor herons, white ibis, and many terns. This rookery island is an easy 20-minute paddle from shore. Drift slowly and witness long legged waders raising chicks in the spring and roosting the rest of the year. The Bluewater Highway runs along Follet's Island after you cross the San Luis Pass bridge to leave Galveston Island. This drive along west Galveston Island and Follett's Island is one the best drives on the entire Texas coast.

Drum Bay

East End Lagoon

An easy paddle in natural wetlands, the East End Lagoon offers an up-close view of the entry to the second largest port in the United States. Herons will greet you as you witness large vessels in the Houston Ship Channel carrying petrochemical products, cruise ship passengers, and consumer goods. Exploration of the five-mile jetty entering the Gulf of Mexico makes your day complete from beach to bay. This place was returned to the public and will be the City of Galveston's interpretive home to Galveston Island's natural history.

East Lagoon

Cypress Swamps

A division of the lower Trinity River, this area offers mystery and mazes within 20,000 acres of brackish and freshwater marshes, as well as bald cypress tress. Among tall trees once harvested to build homes on Galveston Island, one might witness sleeping owls, resting bobcats, and sunning alligators.


Coastal Heritage Preserve

This destination occurs at the natural and restored marshes protecting one of the most pristine examples of a dune/swale complex on Galveston Island. Artist Boat is working hard to acquire over 300 acres of the coastal prairies and wetlands on Settegast Road through million dollar grants and community donations. Join us to discover the wonders of the dune/swale complex and wetlands and to celebrate nature while envisioning our future home.