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Galveston, TX
Travel Guide

Galveston which includes street scenes, a city and a house

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

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 ¥20,537 per night from May 18 to May 18
This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens and Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Galveston Seawall ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,833 reviews)
"I enjoy the hotel in general, very clean, friendly staff and beautiful grounds."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Hotel Galvez & Spa
Hotel Galvez & Spa
4 out of 5
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥21,623 per night from May 18 to May 18
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! (2,043 reviews)
"Property is by Gulf, and yet secluded from other loud places. Very well kept property."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Hotel Galvez & Spa
Commodore on the Beach
Commodore on the Beach
2 out of 5
3618 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥8,584 per night from May 18 to May 18
Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is just steps from Seawall Beach and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Galveston Island ...
2.9/5 (1,992 reviews)
"Access to the beach is great. The room was large and clean. We couldn't adjust the temperature in the room so it was cold the whole time, but it was better than being hot. The water in the shower was barely warm on some days and not warm at all on other days. It is an old hotel that needs some work ..."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Commodore on the Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island
2.5 out of 5
9540 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥14,571 per night from May 17 to May 17
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens, and Galveston Island Convention Center.
4.2/5Very Good! (732 reviews)
"It was next to the river walk and music And pool nice everything but thers no breakfast"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
11743 Termini-San Luis Pass Road, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥24,883 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Galveston, this beachfront condo resort is in the city center, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Sunny Beach, and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Galveston Fishing Pier. Hershey ...
4.3/5Excellent! (792 reviews)
"Our favorite place to come each year! One disappointment was the abundance of black hairs everywhere, wish it was more clean when we arrived but overall a great value for a great family vacation. P.S. - when checking in, decline the offer to view the newer location further down the road- it’s just ..."

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
RECENTLY UPGRADED, Affordable, Ocean View Condo
RECENTLY UPGRADED, Affordable, Ocean View Condo
Galveston, TX
Situated on the beach, this historic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of 61st Street Fishing Pier and Galveston Island Convention Center. Galveston ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (86 reviews)
Holiday
"Beautiful weather and beach. Loved the veiw"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

RECENTLY UPGRADED, Affordable, Ocean View Condo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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