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Debauchery and family fun make Galveston a spring break favorite in online poll

Debauchery & family fun make Galveston a spring break favorite

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier aerial view toward inland
Galveston Island: No. 2 spring break destination. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier/Facebook

Why head for Hawaii, Orlando or Cabo San Lucas when one of North America's best spring break destinations is only a short drive away for most Houstonians?

That's the surprising word from USA Today's travel site, which named Galveston No. 2 on the list of Best Spring Break Destinations in its 10Best Reader Choice Travel Awards. The Texas island city came in just behind Cancun and above a number of other popular tourist destinations.  The site notes:

Galveston's spring break scene offers the perfect mix of debauchery and wholesome family friendly fun. Schlitterbahn water park provides an alternative to the beach for cooling off, while the Seawall is always bustling with activity: Spring breakers riding tandem bikes, dining at oceanfront seafood restaurants and enjoying the rides and midway games of Pleasure Pier.”

Winners were selected from a four-week online poll in which readers were allowed to vote for one nominee per day from 20 spring break locations chosen by a panel of editors from USA Today, editors from and contributors.

Others on the list:

3. Panama City Beach
4. Wisconsin Dells
5. Steamboat Springs
6. Destin, Fla.
7. Hawaii (the entire state?)
8. Orlando
9. Cabo San Lucas
10. Miami Beach