Feet patter across three information-packed floors stacked inside the Ocean Star, a former drilling rig that spends its retirement as a museum and education center on Galveston's Pier 19. After two decades drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the rig has since been revamped and outfitted with interactive models and displays that illustrate the story of offshore oil, gas, and the energies that lurk beneath the world's oceans. Visitors can tap into videos for explanations of drilling, geology, and seismic topics, or stand next to scale models of production platforms. In addition to its lineup of eye-popping sites, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center harbors ongoing exhibits showcasing the industry's careers, history, and safety measures. Self-guided tours seven days a week enable guests to explore the rig's nooks at their own pace, while an onboard staff stands by to answer questions and courteously laugh at all petroleum-related knock-knock jokes.
As twilight falls over the battlefield, the inflatable bunkers and forts starting to fade in the darkness; the soldiers don't relent. The field's lights come on, suddenly illuminating the flat bermuda grass, and snipers continue battering their opponents. At Galveston Island Paintball, referees oversee skirmishes at two venues—the aforementioned X-ball field, which staffers reorganize on a monthly basis, or a rec-ball arena equipped with forts and spools. Catering to all levels of players, weekend drop-in sessions host a variety of action-packed scenarios as spectators watch from afar, supporting the war effort by drawing posters of old men angrily pointing at things. Outside the battles, an onsite shop equips with brand-name gear and occasional two-day clinics impart tips for safety, equipment maintenance, and playing fairly.
Functioning as a non-profit with a mission to promote the preservation of nearby coastal marshes and endangered marine environments, Artist Boat aims to raise awareness through art and science. The team, made up of biologists and artists—all of whom are ACA certified kayak instructors—lead groups on paddles through Galveston Bay, choosing destinations with natural significance. Outings are suited to either beginner or intermediate paddlers, and all gear is provided, so kayakers only need bring along sun-block, outdoor-appropriate clothing, and portable air conditioning units.
As tour-goers look on, the ghost-hunting historians at True History Paranormal Tours work paranormal recording devices during 2.5-hour walking tours through avenues of haunted history. Each excursion begins with a formal introduction to the staff's technical ghost-hunting implements, including electromagnetic-field readers and infrared high-definition video camcorders. Patrons are welcome to bring their own audio and video equipment, to add 10 pounds to other participants or subtract all pounds from spectral subjects. Once paranormal paparazzi have been briefed on documenting techniques, they follow the guides on a walking tour throughout the city, delving into historical events such as the city's role in the American Civil War and the devastation left behind by the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
Skydive Galveston connects wingless humans with their aerial ambitions, setting them aloft at up to 14,000 feet to swig freefall adrenaline and then sip on stunning ocean views while gliding softly toward the coastline. After a 30–60 minute safety session where jumpers suit up and get wise to the basics of parachuting, the free-falling party boards a Cessna 182 aircraft and sets course for the clouds. Twenty minutes and two vertical miles later, the pod bay door opens to release pairs of skydiving novices and instructors into a sea of air. Freefall lasts up to a full minute before your human backpack pulls the chute cord, releasing the canopy and slowing the 120-mph drop to a leisurely float.
Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. was created to produce events that would be beneficial to the entire Galveston Island by drawing traffic to downtown during historically poor weekends. Local businesses have benefited from each event organized by Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. due to innovated marketing opportunities.