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Galveston featuring a city, a house and street scenes

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.

Where to stay in Galveston

The Tremont House
The Tremont House
3.5 out of 5
2300 Ship's Mechanic Row, Galveston, TX
The price is £157 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Strand Theatre and Strand Historic District. Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal and Port of ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,271 reviews)
"There was not a mini fridge in the room. That did not impact our stay but may with other family stays."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

The Tremont House
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 £190 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Galveston Seawall ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,910 reviews)
"Hotel was beautiful and staff were very friendly."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Hotel Galvez & Spa
Hotel Galvez & Spa
4 out of 5
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £165 per night from 24 Aug to 24 Aug
Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seawall Beach and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Strand ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,090 reviews)
"The building was very nice."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Hotel Galvez & Spa
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