Welcome to Galveston Island, a historic port town only one hour from Houston. Explore the town’s rich history, play on 32 miles of open beaches and enjoy endless year-round activities and attractions.
Galveston Island has six historic districts featuring one of the largest collection of 19th century buildings and over 60 buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, many now home to restaurants, antique shops, museums and galleries. Delve into the past with amazing stories and displays of the immigrant history at the Texas Seaport Museum, visit Murdoch’s Bathhouse, one of Galveston’s most historic locations and be entertained at the restored Opera House. Explore the town’s culture on an ArtWalk through the heart of the historic district and be sure to visit Bishop’s Palace, Menard Home and the Moody Mansion Museum. Stroll leisurely through the coastal past on The Strand, Galveston’s historic shopping district with great shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and theaters. Explore “12 rooms of terror that will leave you screaming” at the Haunted Mayfield Manor, a haunted house on The Strand and celebrate history at the not-to-be-missed island style Mardi Gras.
The Playground of the Texas Gulf Coast
Known as “The Playground of the Texas Gulf Coast”, Galveston Island is a destination of endless attractions and activities. With 32 miles of shoreline, sun, sea and sand there is plenty to explore. Galveston Island State Park, one of the “Top 5 Best Gulf Coast Beaches” is an outdoor lover’s paradise with hiking and biking trails, surf fishing and bird watching. Cruise along the Seawall Blvd, 10 miles of coastline, the perfect place to sit and eat fresh seafood while you people watch. Nature lovers can escape to the three Pocket Parks or to the paradise of Jamaica Beach. View the wildlife including alligators at nearby Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, birdwatch at Big Reef Nature Park, or learn about sea turtles at the Sea Turtle Facility.
Family fun begins at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. Float the lazy river while the kids explore the thrilling rides then head on to explore the 13 storey tropical rainforest pyramid and aquarium at Moody Gardens. More excitement is to be found at The Pleasure Pier, cool down on the Pirate’s Plunge, swing over the ocean on the Texas Star Flyer and enjoy great views of the island from the carousel. Watch the dolphins on the ferry ride from Galveston to Boliver, one of Galveston’s most popular attractions … and it’s free!
Galveston Island is an adventure destination for all visitors - from excited kids on the carousel to history buffs exploring historic architecture.