Salt Water FAQ's

Frequently asked questions

Where are you located?


We are right on the main Seawall of Galveston, Texas at 1728 Seawall Blvd. Perpendicular streets to the Seawall are on a block system, so we are between 17th and 18th Street along the east beach area.




Do you rent bicycles?


Yes. We rent two-wheeled beach cruisers. These are standard bikes that are easy and comfortable to peddle and steer. Many come with accessories such as bells, baskets and helmets.




What age limits apply for renting a scooter or surrey?


For scooter rental, you must be 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license. For surrey rentals you must be 16 years old unless accompanied by an adult.




Are there any rules for renting a scooter or surrey?


Please follow the City of Galveston laws when travelling about the island. Our scooters, bikes and surreys should remain on sidewalks, promenades and bike lanes. Please use crosswalks to go across streets. Do not take scooters or surreys on the beach sand as they will sink. A $100 cleaning fee will be applied if vehicles are taken on the sand.




Can we park a surrey or scooter and go inside shops, restaurants or attractions?


Yes. We love that! We want you to enjoy all Galveston has to offer. We provide combination locks for all bike, scooter and surrey vehicles.




How many people can ride a Surrey bike?


We have different sized Surreys to meet your group needs. Two- four- and 6-passenger Surreys are rented on an hourly or daily basis. Get a smaller one for a date or jump in the limo version to get your party started here.




What is a Surrey?


Think of it as an old-style open-air buggy or carriage but without the horses. It is a quadracycle (four wheels) that is human-propelled. Each has a roof to help protect riders from sun or rain. It is peddled like a bike and makes for a great way to transport up to six people in one vehicle.




How fast and how long do the scooters go?


Our various e-scooters travel at about 15-20 mph. They last for about 20 miles duration. Plenty of speed and distance to have a blast and explore much of Galveston Island.




Do you supply helmets?


You bet we do. We value your safety and that of others. We offer helmets with any bicycle or scooter rental. Galveston is a popular tourist destination, so be on the lookout for other vehicles, traffic signals, people walking their leashed dogs and wayward small children.




Do you rent scooters?


Yes. Just how boujee do you want to be? We carry both stand-up and sit-down electric scooters, foot-propelled scooters and more. Choose your style of ride.




When are you open?


We are open every day of the week. Mon - Thurs from 10am-10pm and Fri - Sun from 9am to 10pm. NOTE: Last bike rental one hour prior to close. Come on by!




What’s the weather like this time of year?


Check out our online beach cam and current weather conditions. This live information will help you plan your perfect trip to Galveston.




What things do you sell at Salt Water Gift Shop?


You name it, we likely have it. Beachwear, unique and nautical souvenirs, sun and surf products, food and beverages and most anything you need for a day at the beach.




Can I get food at your shop?


You betcha. Grab a six-pack, some wine and plenty of snacks for a day in the sun.




Do you carry water toys?


Of course! Boogie boards, skim boards, inflatable floats, noodles and more. We’ve got something for every age group. Enjoy the beach and water!




Can you just give me a couple of ideas now?


Absolutely. Aside from scores of amazing restaurants and unique shops, there’s (takes big breath) The Seawall, Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, The Strand, tree carvings, Bishop’s Palace, Ashton Villa, Moody Mansion, the tall ship Elissa, Pier 21, Betty Head Oleander Garden Park, Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, fishing on the 61st Street pier, Galveston Island State Park, the Bryan Museum, Galveston Naval Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum, Texas Seaport Museum, Bolivar ferry, dolphin tours, water adventures, and the best option…renting an e-scooter or surrey bike to see it all! (gasps for air)




What should we do in Galveston?


Just about anything you want. We have recommended itineraries to help you explore the island. Stop by our shop and speak to one of our friendly staff. They can suggest a touring route that meets your needs, whether dining, shopping, sightseeing or locating a specific attraction.