If you’re taking a vacation on Galveston Island, Texas, fly into Houston’s Hobby Airport. This smaller airport covers 1,304 acres and serves as the main airport in the area for Southwest Airlines. Once you arrive at Hobby, it’s easy to hop on a shuttle from Hobby to Galveston.
Hobby Airport Features
As a medium-sized airport, Hobby boosts four runways. Over 14 million passengers passed through Hobby in 2018.
Dining options include fast-food favorites such as Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s. Vegetarian options may be found at Pappasito’s Cantina and Pappa’s Burger. Get your caffeine fix at Peet’s Coffee or Dunkin’ Donuts.
Blind travelers are offered access to Aira service, which provides a trained guide to help them navigate the airport. Service animals are welcome. Guide dog relief stations may be found on level two at Gate 20 and level one near Red Garage and Ground Transportation Zone 4.
Two interfaith chapels, one pre-security and one post-security, offer a quiet place for prayer and meditation 24 hours a day.
Attractions at Hobby Airport
Art is displayed throughout the terminals at the airport. Most of the exhibit features artists from Texas.
Several massage chairs located throughout the airport provide a five-minute deep-tissue massage for a modest fee. You can also try to relax with a facial or manicure at the airport’s XpresSpa locations.
The Harmony in the Air performing arts program sponsors daily performances in the Central Concourse Rotunda.
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, located in the original Art Deco airport terminal, showcases the history of Hobby Airport and aviation. There is a restored 1928 Carter Field Airmail hangar. You can watch planes take off from outside the building. There are aviation films shown in the theater. There’s also a gift shop.
Houston Hobby Airport is the first attraction you’ll find on your trip to Galveston. Take an hour or two at the airport to enjoy the amenities and rest after your flight.