If you’re a fan of the TV show The Amazing Race, make sure to check out the Fantastic Galveston Race next time you visit Galveston, Texas. It’s a great way to get to know Galveston Island as you race around the historical Strand area competing against other teams to be the first to complete challenges. It’s definitely one of the most unique Galveston Texas attractions.
Unique Galveston Texas Attractions: The Fantastic Galveston Race
Last month I visited Galveston Island, Texas, with a couple of my girlfriends who are adventure junkies. We came across the Fantastic Galveston Race and, being avid Amazing Race fans, knew we had to do it. The race itself was fun, but the best part wasn’t the race. It was the hidden gem locations we discovered along the way. Our only regret with doing the race was that we didn’t do it earlier in the week. We wished we had time to go back and explore those spots more before our trip was over.
What Is the Fantastic Galveston Race?
The Fantastic Galveston Race is inspired by the TV show The Amazing Race and one of the most unique Galveston, Texas attractions. Teams of two to five players race against each other to get from the starting point to the finish line using sets of clues, challenges, and activities along the way. Challenges can include anything from having to find answers in a museum to eating something in a restaurant.
Without giving away all of the secrets of the race, let me tell you a little about it. The race took us through museums, restaurants, shops, and cafes all within the historical strand district in Galveston. The downside is that, because you’re racing, you really don’t get the chance to experience any of the locations you visit. You run through to complete your challenge and quickly move on. The race finished in a restaurant where our race host graciously bought us an appetizer to enjoy after the race.
Who Will Enjoy the Fantastic Galveston Race
I’d recommend the Fantastic Galveston Race for adults, teens, and families with older (8+) kids who are able to read and won’t be exhausted walking (or running if you’re competitive) for a couple of miles. You could take a stroller with a younger child, but it would definitely be a hinderance for some of the challenges. It would be a great activity to do with a family, as a date night, or on an extended girls/guys trip to Galveston.
As a team of five adult women, we had a blast running the race. I could see my 8 and 11 year old nephews enjoying it as well, but I’m glad we didn’t have to drag my toddler along for the ride. If you have young kids, I’d check out one of these things to do in Galveston instead.
What I Loved About the Fantastic Galveston Race
There were a lot of things I loved about the Fantastic Galveston Race. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fun adventure in Galveston. What did I enjoy about the race?
- It introduced us to locations in Galveston we wouldn’t have seen otherwise
- The challenges were creative, fun, and challenging but not impossible
- It gave us a chance to work together and bond over the challenges
- The race kept us guessing, we never knew what was coming next
What I Think Could Be Improved about the Fantastic Galveston Race
While the race was a lot of fun, we were all a bit frustrated with the map of locations that was provided. There were a ton of different locations at the bottom that we thought we had to go to, when in reality we only went to a handful of them. I wish we’d been told ahead of time how many locations we were going to. Our group was almost ready to quit when two hours had passed and we’d only visited a third of the locations.
Other Things to Know About the Fantastic Galveston Race
Fantastic Galveston Race Price
As of writing this post in February 2017, the price per person is $89.99, which isn’t cheap by any means. You can get a steep discount on the website by solving a puzzle, which I thought was fun, but it’s still pretty expensive for the 2-3 hour adventure, especially if you’re paying for an entire family.
The website mentions that you get entrance to two museums, a dessert, and an appetizer as part of the cost. That’s true, but you don’t really get time to enjoy the museums, and there was only one dessert per team, so I personally don’t think that offsets the high price. I wish there was some sort of team or family discount if you’re paying for multiple people or an entire team.
If I were taking my family to Galveston, we likely would skip the race because of the cost. It’s a lot of fun but there are a lot of other things to do in Galveston that I think they would enjoy more (and enjoy longer) for the same price. It is, however, a one of a kind adventure. If you’re looking for something unique to do, it’s a fun way to explore the city in a short amount of time.
Fantastic Galveston Race Length
The website says that the race can take anywhere from 3-4 hours. The race took us just over two and that included taking pictures, wandering, and having to recheck our answers multiple times. I would say an average team should plan on the race taking between 2-3 hours including the introductions at the beginning.
Running the Fantastic Galveston Race with Multiple Teams
When we ran the race, we were the only team competing because we did it in January, which is off-season for Galveston. Instead of racing against another team, we were given a time to beat to “win.”
I actually preferred it that way with the way the challenges were set up. I think having multiple teams running at the same time could have been frustrating if we had to wait on other teams to complete experiences or if we were unintentionally given hints by other teams who were competing the same challenges at the same time.
Running the Fantastic Galveston Race Multiple Times
The other thing to keep in mind is that currently the Fantastic Galveston Race is something you’ll probably only be able to do once. The race is the same each time. I know the owner has plans to make multiple races, but those are not yet available. I recommend you do it once and then follow Fantastic Galveston Race on Facebook for updates on when updated race courses will be available.
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