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Galveston
Travel Guide

Enjoy the quaint old downtown architecture, explore historic mansions, and visit the museums and galleries of Texas’s foremost port city. 

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.

Top Hotels in Galveston

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
4 out of 5
7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is CA $147 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Galveston Seawall ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,755 reviews)

"Property was clean and we'll maintained. Rooms need to be uodated"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center
The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center
4 out of 5
5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is CA $264 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Nestled on the beach, this Galveston resort is within a 5-minute walk of Fort Crockett and Galveston Island Convention Center. 61st Street Fishing Pier and NOAA ...

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center
Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is CA $163 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is just steps from Porretto 27th Street and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Strand ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,059 reviews)

"The staff were very helpful and explained about Covid arrangements very well."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2021

Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
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Vacation Rentals in Galveston

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island
2.5 out of 5
9540 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is CA $125 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens, and Galveston Island Convention Center.

4.2/5Very Good! (720 reviews)

"Exceptional views of the Gulf!! We loved everything!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island
Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites Onsite Team
Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites Onsite Team
3 out of 5
6102 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is CA $147 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in Galveston, this beach condo building is within a 10-minute walk of 61st Street Fishing Pier and Galveston Island Convention Center. Galveston Seawall ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,572 reviews)

"Covered parking, multiple elevators and stairwells and a heated outdoor pool. Every room has a balcony. The rooms are petite, but are set up nicely with a kitchenette and a decent sized refrigerator with freezer. The room had a private bedroom with a queen size bed. The living room had a couch with ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 25, 2020

Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites Onsite Team
Galveston Beach Condos
Galveston Beach Condos
3.5 out of 5
9520 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX

Offering direct access to the beach, this Galveston condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lone Star Fire Museum, Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Moody ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (215 reviews)

"Very responsive during the whole process,willing to fix any problems you may have in a timely manner. Great condo!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2021

Galveston Beach Condos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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