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Debauchery and family fun make Galveston a spring break favorite

Debauchery and 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 right here in Texas? 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 Readers' Choice Travel Awards.

The Texas island city came in just behind Cancun and above a number of more 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.

Editors from USA Today and 10Best.com, as well as contributors, selected the 20 spring break locations featured in the online pool. Readers were allowed to vote for one nominee per day for four weeks.

Here's the full list:

1. Cancun, Mexico
2. Galveston, Texas
3. Panama City Beach, Florida
4. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
5. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
6. Destin, Florida
7. Hawaii (the entire state?)
8. Orlando, Florida
9. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
10. Miami Beach, Florida