Galveston, TX

Travel Guide

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.

Beachfront Palms Hotel
Beachfront Palms Hotel
3 out of 5
5914 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥4,858 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Galveston, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens, and Galveston ...
2.8/5 (548 reviews)
"As soon as i walked in the floor was nasty. Called asked for broom and mop. They brought me a broom and i swept hair and nasty off the floor. The sheets and pillow cases were stained and had multiple hairs.! The shower nor the rod were fully attached to the wall. I was afraid the rod would fall when ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Beachfront Palms Hotel
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 ¥18,188 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
This family-friendly Galveston resort is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of Moody Gardens, Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Lone Star Fire ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,943 reviews)
"Loved our stay here"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 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 ¥14,746 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seawall Beach, Porretto 27th Street, and Galveston Seawall. San Jacinto and Silk Stocking ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,075 reviews)
"The property is under construction for an upgrade. I feel this is a good choice for this timeless classic hotel."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Hotel Galvez & Spa
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Galveston
Homewood Suites by Hilton Galveston
3 out of 5
110 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥10,631 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Stewart Beach and Stewart Beach Park. Rebecca Sealy Hospital and San Jacinto are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (718 reviews)
"Very well kept up and friendly staff."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Galveston
Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites Onsite Team
Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites Onsite Team
3 out of 5
6102 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is ¥14,746 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Situated in Galveston, this beach condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galveston Island Convention Center and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Fishing Pier and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,651 reviews)
"The property was very close to the beach and fishing pier. Trolley stop was right across the road as well to ride downtown and along the beach front."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites Onsite Team
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 ¥13,489 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens, and Galveston Island Convention Center.
4.2/5 Very Good! (779 reviews)
"All the staff members were pleasant and helpful. Didn't like: 1) breakfast was "lacking" in taste, we ate at IHOP, 2)we were in a king studio room but had no chair or couch and were told that no furniture was available - don't advertise it if it isn't there! 3) don't let the address fool you. It ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Galveston Island
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.