With over 30 miles of beaches and the Pleasure Pier- one of the world's top-five seaside parks, Galveston is a bustling vacation destination island located just south of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico. Families can enjoy Moody Gardens, with its replica of the rainforest and 6 story IMAX-3D Theater. Galveston is also home to Texas’s premier water park, Schlitterbahn, with over 35 thrilling water adventures with something for all ages. The Historic Downtown Strand District is filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and museums and all just steps away from the Galveston Cruise Ship Terminals. Book a deep sea fishing excursion or, for the not so adventurous, you can stay on dry land and go crabbing along one Galveston’s many piers. With all the fun Galveston has to offer, don’t forget to spend some time just relaxing at the beach.
When people think of island vacations, Texas isn't usually the first place that comes to mind. But, Texas has a gorgeous island, Galveston Island, that is home to sea breezes and sandy shores on the Gulf of Mexico. Here are our favorite things to do in Galveston, TX
Built to protect Galveston from the wind and waves of the Gulf, this eight mile stretch of shore recently underwent a $20 million renovation. This family friendly beach features restaurants, shops, even an old-fashioned boardwalk amusement park, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The trolleys have just returned, making it even easier to get around this charming town. Sea Shell park (Beach Pocket Park), just southwest of where Seawall Blvd. turns into Termini-San Luis Pass Rd is known as one of the best seashell gathering points in Texas.
Explore art galleries, historic exhibits, museums, and more in this historic area of Galveston. Cuisine choices abound. So do quaint little gift shops. Don't miss the chance to explore the Galveston Railroad Museum and visit a retired oil rig at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. Check out Fisherman's Wharf for bayside dining or choose from several rooftop options in the neighborhood.
This 19,000 square foot Victorian style home is on the list of U.S. National Register of Historical places. Once owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston, it was fitted with stained-glass windows and a small chapel. Discover the history and beauty of this American castle by taking one of the many tours offered here.
Visit Schlitterbahn Water Park to test your courage on the MASSIV Monster Blaster. This Texas-size ride is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water coaster in the world, at 81 feet tall. The ride is 926 feet long; the equivalent of three football fields!
Catch a play or concert at this community-loved venue. After surviving two brutal hurricanes in the early 1900's, the opera house was brought to its former glory by the citizens of Galveston. Declared "The Official Opera House of Texas" by the Texas Legislature, this historic building presents a wide variety of live entertainment options.