Galveston charms with its glimpse into the colorful history of Texas through architecture and museums. The city sits on an island 32 miles long and 2.5 miles wide.
Walk the Strand and gaze at beautiful historic buildings preserved by local authorities for well over a century. Here you can browse souvenir shops, dine in excellent restaurants, or ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Continue exploring architectural treasures with a tour through the East End District. You’ll see classic Victorian buildings from the city’s days as a leading cotton exporter and extravagant old homes such as the Moody Mansion or Bishop’s Palace.
Galveston was officially incorporated in the 1830s. It soon grew into one of the most successful and prosperous cities in the region and even served as the capital of the Republic of Texas. Its economy was devastated by a hurricane in 1900, but throughout the 20th century it evolved into a historical and cultural vacation destination. It boasts some of the best old architecture in the country and is home to dozens of museums and art galleries.
Soak up some more history at the Texas Seaport Museum, where you’ll find the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa. Visit a real offshore oil rig and learn about the industry at the Ocean Star Drilling Rig and Museum. Aircraft lovers will want to explore the Lone Star Flight Museum. It has dozens of restored aircraft from World War II; you can even organize to have a ride in one.
History buffs will also love the story behind the Pleasure Pier, built during World War II as a recreational facility for the U.S. military. Nowadays families flock here to ride the roller coasters and enjoy the games. For more fun, hit the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Water Park. Check out the Moody Gardens to explore the aquarium, zoo, and 3-D theater. Beachgoers won’t find sparkling waters and white sand at Galveston, but for a relaxing morning or evening stroll, drop by the Seawall or East Beach.
Galveston is a historic island destination with plenty to offer history buffs and leisure seekers alike. It’s 50 miles southeast of Houston.
Beaches, Gardens and Excursions
More than just a theme park: an aquarium, zoo, museums and rides on beautiful Galveston Bay.
Enjoy a day twisting and turning on water slides or just relax in a pool with a swim-up bar at this popular water park.
Ride the thrilling swings over the Gulf of Mexico and browse the shops and restaurants on this fun and scenic pier.
On the Magical History Tour, our experienced tour guides will take you on a tremendous Segway journey. We’ll start with the famous downtown area of Galveston – the Strand Historic District. For a time, it was also known as “The Wall Street of the South.
This tour makes Galveston appear to be a cemetery with a beach. You will pass by these cemeteries and see haunted houses where paranormal activity has been documented. There are stories of insanity and mass murder among the population, and there are darker rumors of mystery and the supernatural.
On this sunset tour, our guide will take you through the Silk Stocking Neighborhood, where we will tell you about important houses such as the Dowry House. Then, our Segways will cruise along the Seawall by the historic Pleasure Pier.
This Segway tour is designed for people who just want to experience the joy of a great ride without being told stories or history along the way. The professionally trained and certified tour guides will teach and train you how to safely operate a Segway.
Welcome Goblins and Ghouls to GREAT! Galveston Ghost Tours. If you are in the spirit for a haunting adventure, look no further - except right behind you, if you dare! Kooky and Spooky, GREAT! Galveston Ghost Tours is a different kind of tour altogether, with spooks, surprises and startles waiting around every corner.
Itinerary What You'll See: Hermann Park, Museum District, Clayton Library Pass By: 6201A Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1709