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Top Activities in Galveston

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Galveston Attractions

There are numerous attractions in Galveston, Texas to delight even the most well-traveled visitor. Galveston, also known as “The Oleander City”, has a rich history and the best things to do in Galveston reflect this. There are numerous top museums to visit while in the city. Quite a few fun attractions appeal to younger visitors.

One of the most popular things to do while in Galveston, TX is to take Galveston tours of some of the city's historic locations. You could, for example, head to the impressive Bishop Palace. The palace is the former home of a decorated Confederate officer and is a must see location. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Galveston, you can't go wrong with a stop at the Moody Mansion Museum. Many a tourist and local visitor comes to this site to learn more about the Moody family, one of the city's most well known families. If you have children interested in history, you'll want to be sure to take Galveston excursions to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum or the Galveston Island Railroad Museum.

There are other Galveston activities for families as well. One of the top spots for families traveling with children is the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, a location filled with exciting slides for kids to enjoy. You might also consider taking your kids to Seawolf Park to experience Galveston's natural beauty. Many families opt to take a camping holiday in Galveston and stay at the Galveston Island State Park. All you'll need to do is pick up a map when you arrive and you can easily enjoy the parks attractions like swimming, hiking, and water sports. Another of the places children really enjoy is The Seawall. The eight-mile wall is a great way to see the ocean up close.

From visits to the Lone Star Flight Museum to walks through the lovely East End Historic District, there really are endless delights to keep you occupied and entertained during your next trip to sunny Galveston.

Things to Do in Galveston with Kids

Galveston is a wonderful destination for a family vacation. Take the little ones along and enjoy these family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Galveston

A visit to Galveston doesn't have to break the bank. You won't have to spend a penny if you go to:

Galveston History Museum - Bring the whole family and set out on a fascinating adventure through history with one another.

Texas A&M University - Galveston - Admire the design and originality of this fantastic example of modern architecture.

Bishop's Palace - If you're thinking of exploring the area's history through its landmarks, put this one on your travel schedule.

Pier 21 - Discover for yourself why visitors and locals alike love the atmosphere of this place.

Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal - Chat to a few locals and discover why many travelers call in at this place.

St. Mary Cathedral Basilica - Whatever your beliefs, this site is sure to inspire a sense of reverence in you.

Porretto Beach - Play a game with the kids or kick back and soak up the sun at this pretty coastal spot.

Big Reef Nature Park - Bring along your camera and let Mother Nature inspire you.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Galveston


While Beachtown might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like East Beach and Stewart Beach Park.

Pelican Island

Pelican Island might not have many top sights, but Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal and Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves) are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Galveston on a sunny day?

What to do in Galveston on a rainy day?

Make the most of a rainy day by trying an indoor activity, like a Spa-Quality On Demand Massage - Houston or a Shop & Play at Conroe Outlets.

What should I not miss in Galveston?

You simply can't go home without crossing off the following list of wonderful attractions:

  • Moody Gardens
  • Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark
  • Grand 1894 Opera House
  • Galveston Island State Park

Are there cheap things to do in Galveston?

What can you do in Galveston for free?

You could leave your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these cool attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • Bishop's Palace
  • Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal
  • Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves)
  • Pier 21