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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.
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).
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.
Centrally located on Galveston Seawall Boulevard, this ten-story hotel is adjacent to Galveston Convention Center. The beach is just across the street.
This family-friendly Galveston Island resort is adjacent to Moody Garden Attractions and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
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.
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is steps from Pier 21 and Texas Seaport Museum. Grand 1894 Opera House and Galveston Island Railroad Museum are also within 10 minutes.
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.
In Galveston's Strand Historic District, this European-style hotel is within 4 blocks of the 1894 Grand Opera House and the Strand Theater. Guests can leave their car at the hotel while they cruise - the Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal is 2 blocks away.