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Galveston

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.

Hotel Galvez & Spa
Hotel Galvez & Spa
4 out of 5
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
The price is AU$248 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 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! (2,104 reviews)
"Rooms was ok... but location and hotel Is perfect!"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 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
The price is AU$279 per night from 2 Sep. to 2 Sep.
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! (1,924 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 28 Jul. 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 AU$263 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 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! (1,281 reviews)
"We loved our 5-night stay for our anniversary. The valet service was great. The air was super cool and crisp and perfect for the hot Texas summer. The rooms were spacious and we wanted to take home our bed and pillows! The comfiest hotel beds we’ve ever slept on. Even better than our mattress at ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2021

The Tremont House
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Texas City Houston
Home2 Suites by Hilton Texas City Houston
2.5 out of 5
3000 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX
The price is AU$151 per night from 2 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Situated in Texas City, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Gulf Greyhound Park, College of the Mainland and Tanger Outlets. Texas City Dike and Kemah Boardwalk ...
4.3/5Excellent! (437 reviews)
"Great lady at the front desk, very helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Texas City Houston
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 AU$394 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Situated in Galveston, this beach condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galveston Island Convention Center and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Fishing Pier and Galveston ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,618 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay very much."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 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 AU$321 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
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! (761 reviews)
"On the Seawall. Beautiful location, easy access."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 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.

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