Galveston Island businesses, attractions prepare for Spring Break crowds

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by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

GALVESTON, Texas - Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to pack Galveston Island this weekend and next week for Spring Break.

To get ready, crews all over the island were sprucing and cleaning up on Friday. At The Gumbo Diner, it isn’t a clean-up story, it’s a mad rush to open Saturday morning.

“If it wasn’t for Spring Break, we would probably wait a week to plan to finish up, but because it is Spring Break, we want to be a part of it,” Johnny Smecca, who heads up the ownership group, said.

They will need every minute considering plenty of folks have already started vacation mode.

“It is fun to see all the animals,” Adrian Gonzalez, 7, said as he was visiting the Moody Gardens.

That’s what they are known for, but at Moody Gardens they are always trying to keep things fresh, and this spring, it is all about the butterflies.

“I think that people whenever they think of butterflies, they think of the monarch butterflies,” Catalina Aduado Trail said.

Trail found the winter home of the migrating monarchs in Mexico 40 years ago, now the newest 3-D film, “Flight of the Butterflies,” puts you so close you can touch them.

It’s enough of a draw to get the Gonzalez family to travel hundreds of miles from West Texas.

“It was the Moody Gardens…We’ve been here before so we came back. The whole thing, I guess is the big draw,” Billy Gonzalez said.

Around the corner from Moody Gardens is Schlitterbahn Indoor Water Park. The world’s largest indoor water park opens Saturday, and the facility is open every day during Spring Break.

There is another bright shiny new draw is right down the seawall at the Galveston Pleasure Pier.

More than a dozen attractions packed onto the former home of the Flagship Hotel over the Gulf of Mexico.

“We didn’t want to just sit at home for Spring Break, we wanted to get out and do something,” visitor Baylee Campbell said.

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