Galveston Attractions Offer More Than Just Beaches

Rebecca Summers

By , Local Expert, Galveston
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An hour from Houston, the biggest city in Texas, Galveston island has long been the playground of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since Hurricane Ike, the island has seen a revitalization in it's tourism bringing great developments to the area. In addition to "what's new", Galveston has a rich history and amazing locals.

Galveston's architecture dates back to the late 1800's and reflects the prosperity of this port town as well as the devestation of catatrophic hurricanes. Historians of all ages will enjoy the ornate homes, Victorian store fronts and military hardware  available for touring.

Children of all ages will love what the...  Read more »

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    The Pleasure Pier

    Great activites for all ages- lots of places to sit, lots of shade and rides for big kids and little kids.

    Local Expert Tip: "Prepare for the heat! Be sure to use your sunscreen and ask for FREE water at the concession stands."

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    Moody Gardens

    Moody Gardens offers a wide variety of activities for all audiences.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come during the holidays for over 1 million lights, ice skating and pictures with Santa. "

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    Galveston Island State Park

    • Type: Parks
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Gls

    The park offers camping, bird watching, nature study, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and unsupervised beach swimming.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you want to try your hand at fishing, this park participates in the Angler Education "Tackle Loaner Program"; you can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers. Also, you do not need a fishing license in Texas State Parks."

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    Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

    Voted America's #1 Indoor Water Park! Rain or shine fun.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring a picnic! Schlitterbahn allows you to bring in coolers, food and drinks- just no glass or alcohol. "

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    Texas Seaport Museum

    The 1877 ship, Elissa, is on display after being rescued from a scrapyard- designated one of America's...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring your family history, there is a one-of-a-kind database where you can look up ancestors who entered the United States through Galveston. "

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    Haunted Mayfield Manor

    A year round haunted house in a beach community? Why not? AND... it's air conditioned!

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to stop by the sister attraction, Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast right next door. You can get discounted combo tickets."

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    Moody Mansion Museum

    Visitors are treated to an intimate portrait of a powerful, Texas family.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the garage building to see "Auto Fever," an exhibit about the history of the automobile in the area. On exhibit are three of the Moody's automobiles including Mary Moody Northen's personal car, a 1931 Studebaker."

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    Menard Home

    This is Galveston's oldest surviving residence, fully renovated and open to the public.

    Local Expert Tip: "The house has been furnished with furniture that was popular on the East Coast at the time of the house's construction and first occupancy. This is probably not the type of interior that one would have seen when visiting the Menards in the mid-nineteenth century. "

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    The Bishop's Palace

    Architectural historians list the Bishop's Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

    Local Expert Tip: "Look for the fireplace lined with pure silver. "

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    The Grand

    In 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand "The Official Opera House of Texas."

    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead for the most up-to-date show times and tickets. "



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