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GalvestonUnited States of America

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
CA $180
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8

Nestled on the beach, this San Jacinto hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porretto 27th Street and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Galveston Seawall ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,519 reviews)

"The Galvez is a very nice historical hotel, built in 1910, is one of the nicest in Galveston."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 2020

Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
4 out of 5
7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,065 reviews)

"Everyone is friendly. The property was clean. My daughter received a gift from the hotel that was totally unexpected that was full of toys and activities, she enjoyed her bag of goodies. I celebrate my birthday with my two kids and we all had a blast."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 27, 2020

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Commodore on the Beach
Commodore on the Beach
2 out of 5
3618 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
CA $96
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seawall Beach and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Galveston Seawall and Port of ...

3.2/5 (2,719 reviews)

"Property has been cleaned up and repainted. In better shape than the last time we stayed there. Floor needed mopped."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Commodore on the Beach

Popular things to do in Galveston

Moody Gardens
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Moody Gardens

4/5(16 reviews)

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

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

4/5(28 reviews)

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

Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark
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Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark

3.5/5(3 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Galveston

Segway Galveston Magical History Tour
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Segway Galveston Magical History Tour

100% of travellers recommend
CA $104
Per adult
Segway Galveston Ghost Tour: Haunted Legends
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Segway Galveston Ghost Tour: Haunted Legends

90% of travellers recommend
CA $103
Per adult
Segway Galveston Sunset Tour
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Segway Galveston Sunset Tour

CA $86
Per adult
Segway Galveston Seawall Cruise Tour
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Segway Galveston Seawall Cruise Tour

100% of travellers recommend
CA $69
Per adult
Great! Galveston Ghost Tour
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Great! Galveston Ghost Tour

76% of travellers recommend
CA $28
Per adult
Storm on the Strand Ghost Tour
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Storm on the Strand Ghost Tour

CA $14
Per adult

Reviews of Galveston

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good 46.875%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 12.5%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

I love Galveston - just don't stay at Holiday inn!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

Lots of shops where the ships come in. Never ending beach

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 21, 2020

We will be back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

This is a beautiful area, great food and amazing people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 11, 2019

I like its history and the peaceful atmosphere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 2, 2019

No stores open on Monday so rather quiet and eerie

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