GalvestonUnited States of America

Photo provided by Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Photo provided by Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Get away to Galveston! Enjoy the beaches, island views, and history.

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.

Known for

Beaches, Gardens and Excursions

Top Hotels in Galveston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
$116
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.3/5Excellent! (4,085 reviews)

"Room really needs updating. Especially the bathroom shower tile and sewer smell in the sink. The staff was great."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
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Best Western Galveston West Beach Hotel
2.5 out of 5
8710 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
$52
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
3.8/5Good! (1,222 reviews)

"Breakfast was really nice. The staff were very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Best Western Galveston West Beach Hotel
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Commodore on the Beach
2 out of 5
3618 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
$79
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
3.2/5 (2,374 reviews)

"Clean pool, great views! Older hotel, could use some upkeep but overall staff was friendly stay was good."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Commodore on the Beach

Popular things to do in Galveston

Moody Gardens
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Moody Gardens

4.5/5 (626 Ratings)

More than just a theme park: an aquarium, zoo, museums and rides on beautiful Galveston Bay.

Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark
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Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark

4/5 (145 Ratings)

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.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

4/5 (577 Ratings)

Ride the thrilling swings over the Gulf of Mexico and browse the shops and restaurants on this fun and scenic pier.

Top activities in Galveston

Segway Galveston Magical History Tour
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Segway Galveston Magical History Tour

$75

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.

Segway Galveston Ghost Tour: Haunted Legends
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Segway Galveston Ghost Tour: Haunted Legends

$74

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.

Segway Galveston Sunset Tour
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Segway Galveston Sunset Tour

$65

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.

Segway Galveston Seawall Cruise Tour
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Segway Galveston Seawall Cruise Tour

$50

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.

Great! Galveston Ghost Tour
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Great! Galveston Ghost Tour

$20

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.

Let's Roam Houston Scavenger Hunt
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Let's Roam Houston Scavenger Hunt

$12

Itinerary What You'll See: Hermann Park, Museum District, Clayton Library Pass By: 6201A Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1709

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