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Galveston, TX

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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

Hotel Galvez & Spa
Hotel Galvez & Spa
4 out of 5
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥17,476 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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 Jul 27, 2021

Hotel Galvez & Spa
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
4 out of 5
7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥25,169 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
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! (1,915 reviews)
"The property was OK. Friendly staff and clean. In some areas the property is falling in disrepair. Example the door to our room will not close or open properly, it stuck. The wall paper in the bathroom was pealing and the sink was cracked. The toilet paper holder was falling from the wall. The floor ..."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
The Tremont House
The Tremont House
3.5 out of 5
2300 Ship's Mechanic Row, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥18,575 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Strand Theatre and Strand Historic District. Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal and Port of Galveston ...
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 Jul 26, 2021

The Tremont House
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.
Abode Houston - Montrose/Downtown
Abode Houston - Montrose/Downtown
3.5 out of 5
Stanford Street 2300, Houston, TX
The price is ¥8,573 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Montrose, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westheimer Rd and Menil Collection. Houston Natural Science Museum and Downtown Aquarium ...
Abode Houston - Montrose/Downtown
10th Street Loft 4
10th Street Loft 4
Waco, TX
The price is ¥20,333 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Brazos, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort House Museum, Magnolia Market at the Silos, and Baylor University. Waco Convention Center ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Perfect for a short getaway
"Very cute minimalist styled space. There is no stove or oven for cooking but with so many cute restaurants in Waco, you'll be okay :) Alicia was wonderful to communicate with!"

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

10th Street Loft 4
THE Tiny Paisley House - "A Unique Experience"
THE Tiny Paisley House - "A Unique Experience"
Kerrville, TX
The price is ¥10,881 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated in Kerrville, this vacation home is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Guadalupe River and within 6 mi (10 km) of Riverside Nature Center and Kerrville State Hospital. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Quiet getaway
"Me and my fiancé decided to take a trip to have some peace and quiet from “life” and this place was perfect! We sat outside most of the time on the hammock and read books! Cute and comfy place!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

THE Tiny Paisley House - "A Unique Experience"
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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