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This area of Texas Gulf Coast has a population of about 48,000 people.
Austin, the state capital, is about 190 miles west of Galveston, and Texas City is 9 miles to the northwest.
Take your partner and kids out to enjoy some quality time together at Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and the Pier 21 Theater. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, head on to Haunted Mayfield Manor and Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary.
The Bayou Wildlife Park is a terrific place to bring the family for a fascinating afternoon among big and small animals. Be sure to ask at the entrance about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's rarer species.
For a real taste of this region, be sure to visit the Haak Vineyards and Winery. Take a walking tour through the vineyards and learn how sommeliers recognize quality drops. If you find something that you're particularly taken with, pick up a few bottles to enjoy at home.
Pack a few snacks and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Moody Gardens and Galveston Island State Park. You'll also find plenty of space to laze about at the Seawolf Park and Stewart Beach Park.
A visit to Persimmon Gap Visitor Center is an useful way of finding some information for your travels.
Need some relaxation time? Enjoy being outdoors, listen to the seabirds and breathe in the fresh ocean air at East Beach.
Are you a nature lover? Big Reef Nature Park is ready for you.
Broaden your horizons with a visit to one of the area's well-curated cultural spaces. Meander through the hallways as you admire the displays at the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Texas Seaport Museum. The Galveston Island Railroad Museum and the Galveston History Museum are also worth looking at.
Have a look at the program at the Galveston Art League Gallery or the Galveston Arts Center and see if anything piques your interest. If you're lucky, you might be able to see an opening!
Take some time to enjoy the fascinating displays and browse the illuminating vestiges from the past at the Texas City Museum.
Wander back through the ages with a visit to the Alvin Community College or Fort Crockett, just a couple of the historical sites here. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. Marguerite Rogers House Museum and Samuel May Williams House are two more great places to stop by.
Discover the lifestyles of some of the area's elite families with a visit to the impressive grounds of Bishop's Palace.
Holy sites are often quite moving. If you're interested in Galveston's spiritual side, inquire about a tour at St. Mary Cathedral Basilica.
A destination's landmarks are quite often what we remember most after we're back home. What could possibly be a better memento than a photograph with Texas City Dike or Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier? Galveston Fishing Pier and 61st Street Fishing Pier would also make a striking background.
Visitors who are interested in institutions of higher learning can arrange a visit to the Texas A&M University - Galveston or the College of the Mainland. Each has its own interesting history and is a much-loved part of the local scene.
If you are looking for gifts, fashion and a good day out, take a trip to a couple of the shopping centers and stock up. Begin your adventure at Tanger Outlets, Mall of the Mainland or Outlet Shops at La Marque.
Take that someone special to see local and touring artists performing live at Grand 1894 Opera House or the Strand Theatre.
Before you pack your suitcase and make your way home, be sure to stop by some of Galveston's other attractions. Some interesting places to start off with are the Rosenberg Library and the Galveston Country Club. If you can squeeze it in, also think about visiting the Bay Area Raceway and the Galveston Go Kart and Fun Center.
The Expedia Galveston hotels guide shows no less than 67 luxurious and affordable accommodation options, so you shouldn't have any problems finding somewhere comfortable in this highly popular destination.
The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, at 5222 Seawall Blvd, and the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, at 7 Hope Blvd are two of the higher-quality lodgings in Galveston. Book a room at either and you'll be sure to have some of the best guest services in town. If those don't grab you, why not check out the Closing Time at the Victorian, at 6300 Seawall Blvd, and the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island, at 9540 Seawall Blvd, two more budget-friendly options.
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This hotel is across the street from the beach, about 1 mile from Galveston's Strand Historic District and 2 miles from Moody Gardens.
This family-friendly Galveston Island resort is adjacent to Moody Garden Attractions and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
Ever since this Galveston hotel opened in 1911, The Hotel Galvez has been known as the “Queen of the Gulf,” and rightfully so; she majestically rises from the beachfront to hold court over the Gulf of Mexico.
In Galveston's Strand Historic District, this European-style hotel is within 4 blocks of the 1894 Grand Opera House and the Strand Theater. Guests can leave their car at the hotel while they cruise - the Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal is 2 blocks away.
Centrally located on Galveston Seawall Boulevard, this ten-story hotel is adjacent to Galveston Convention Center. The beach is just across the street.
With direct access to the beach, this Galveston hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Galveston Island Convention Center, NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory, and 61st Street Fishing Pier. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Moody Mansion Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in West End, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Galveston Fishing Pier, Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Moody Gardens. Magic Carpet Golf and Galveston Go Kart and Fun Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in West End, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of 61st Street Fishing Pier, Galveston Island Convention Center, and Fort Crockett. NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.