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Galveston

With a good selection of scenic and cultural attractions, travelers can find plenty to see and do in Galveston.

It is an area of Texas Gulf Coast that some 48,000 people reside in.

Austin, the state capital, is roughly 190 miles to the west of Galveston, and Texas City is 9 miles to the northwest.

Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark and the Pier 21 Theater are great places to take some time with the children. Haunted Mayfield Manor and Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary are also worth stopping by if the little ones aren't too worn out.

The Bayou Wildlife Park is a great place to bring your group for an entertaining day among local and exotic creatures. Be sure to ask the staff about feeding times and where to find the zoo's favorite specimens.

To truly taste what this region is made of, make your way to the Haak Vineyards and Winery. Take a walking tour through the vineyards and sample the various blends and vintages. If you don't want a great day to end, arrange to have a case shipped back home.

Plan a visit to the Moody Gardens when you need to unwind. Alternatively, savor the fresh air and catch up on some reading at Stewart Beach Park.

A visit to Persimmon Gap Visitor Center is an enjoyable way to find some interesting information about the area.

If you'd like a little bit of rest and relaxation, take an invigorating walk along the water's edge and enjoy the fresh, salty air at East Beach.

Nature-loving locals often head to Galveston Island State Park and Big Reef Nature Park to enjoy a fine day.

Schedule a visit to some of the favored exhibition spaces nearby. The Lone Star Flight Museum and the Galveston Island Railroad Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to keep you captivated. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum and the Nolan Ryan Museum are also worthwhile.

Stories of this area's maritime history are embodied in the collection of vessel fragments on display at the Texas Seaport Museum.

If you're hoping to check out some art, stop by the Galveston Art League Gallery and peruse their interesting pieces.

View the illuminating artifacts of the Galveston History Museum or take a leisurely look at the exhibits at the Texas City Museum. Both are great if you're interested in history.

The Alvin Community College and the Seawolf Park are certainly worth paying a visit to, even if you're not a passionate history buff. When it comes to days of old, there's always something else to know. Marguerite Rogers House Museum and Samuel May Williams House are two more great places to check out.

Want to learn about the region's military history? The beating drums of war still echo in the walls of Fort Crockett.

Bishop's Palace is an impressive time capsule, offering some of the finest design and craftsmanship in the region.

Sacred sites are often very moving. If you'd like to see Galveston's spiritual side, visit St. Mary Cathedral Basilica.

Before you pack your suitcase and make your way home, ensure you visit some of the lesser-known attractions here. The Rosenberg Library and the Bay Area Raceway are two recommended options. Also, contemplate a trip to the Galveston Go Kart and Fun Center and the Galveston Arts Center if you have the time.


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Beachcomber Inn

Beachcomber Inn

2825 61st St, Galveston
3.5
of 5, from 1,767 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of 61st Street Fishing Pier and Galveston Island Convention Center. Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£81
Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston
4.3
of 5, from 3,875 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Ever since this Galveston hotel opened in 1911, The Hotel Galvez has been known as the “Queen of the Gulf,” and rightfully so; she majestically rises from the beachfront to hold court over the Gulf of Mexico.

Motel 6 Galveston - Seawall

Motel 6 Galveston - Seawall

6311 Central City Blvd., Galveston
2.0
of 5, from 130 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in West End, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from 61st Street Fishing Pier and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Lone Star Flight Museum is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

£110
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

7 Hope Blvd, Galveston
4.4
of 5, from 2,044 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Galveston Island resort is adjacent to Moody Garden Attractions and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

£42
Days Inn & Suites Galveston West/Seawall

Days Inn & Suites Galveston West/Seawall

8712 Seawall Blvd, Galveston
4.0
of 5, from 1,764 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in West End, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Galveston Fishing Pier, Lone Star Flight Museum, and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Moody Gardens is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

£64
Hilton Galveston Island Resort

Hilton Galveston Island Resort

5400 Seawall Blvd, Galveston
4.2
of 5, from 3,335 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Centrally located on Galveston Seawall Boulevard, this ten-story hotel is adjacent to Galveston Convention Center. The beach is just across the street.

£112
The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston
4.3
of 5, from 2,313 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set on 30 acres, this smoke-free and family-friendly Galveston Island beachfront resort faces the Gulf of Mexico, 1 block from the convention center, and less than 3 miles from The Strand's amusements and attractions.

£29
Red Roof Inn Galveston - Beachfront/Convention Center

Red Roof Inn Galveston - Beachfront/Convention Center

5914 Seawall Blvd, Galveston
2.9
of 5, from 1,903 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Galveston hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of 61st Street Fishing Pier, Moody Gardens, and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Lone Star Flight Museum is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

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