Galveston Attractions Offer More Than Just Beaches

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 island has to offer with year round water fun at Sclitterbahn Galvestion Island, the only indoor, heated water park in Texas; Moody Gardens brings fun and education with its rainforest pyramid, aquarium, and Palm Beach attractions; The Pleasure Pier with 16 rides, concessions, music and an amazing view and much more.

Of course there are always activites and events on the beach, Galvestion Mardi Gras, numerous musical events, Artwalk, kayak tours, Christmas on The Strand, plays, operas, performances and more. With mild winters, the calendar stays full! If you are just visiting the area and aren't used to the heat, chances are, anywhere you go will have air conditioning. Just make sure you pack your sunscreen and stay hydrated.

The Grand
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The Grand has survived multiple storms and hurricanes and is one of the few surviving theatres in Texas from this era. The theatre is a fully functioning theatrical performance venue with touring shows and local performances year round. Patrons...  Read More

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The Bishop's Palace
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Constructed from 1887 - 1892, the Bishop's Palace comes copmlete with a variety of attractions for history aficionados. Fireplaces from around the world adorn several rooms, and the ballroom's mantle won first prize at the Philadelphia World's...  Read More

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With its Greek Revival architecture, The Menard Home (1838) has been restored to its original beauty and charm earning it's spot on the National Register of Historic places as the oldest historic home in Galveston. In fact, the founders of...  Read More

Moody Mansion Museum
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The 28,000 square foot, 4 story Moody mansion was once inhabited by one of Texas's most influential and affluent families, headed by W.L. Moody, Jr. The family's prominent ties reached into cotton, banking, and eventually hotels. Their mansion...  Read More

Haunted Mayfield Manor
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Haunted Mayfield Manor is a year round haunted house located on The Strand- Galveston Island's historic shopping district. The Manor consists of "12 rooms of terror that will leave you screaming!" The attraction gives participants some history...  Read More



Only Ellis Island has welcomed more immigrants than Galveston's port, and the Texas Seaport Museum chronicles their amazing stories through displays and historical records. One of the museum's high points is the Elissa, an 1877 iron-hulled...  Read More



You don't want to miss an opportunity to experience all that Schlitterbahn has to offer. A great family destination, you'll find something that appeals to the more adventurous in your crowd and milder attractions for the kids. Don't forget to...  Read More



This 2,000-acre state park provides all the necessary elements that attract outdoor lovers. The campsites are complete with electricity and water hookups, and the barbecue pits and picnic tables provide a little luxury for the family. When...  Read More

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Moody Gardens offer a variety of activities, including two state-of-the-art theaters, a vast aquarium, several playgrounds and pools, and an expansive botanical garden. With a full hotel, spa, convention center and golf course, the attraction is...  Read More



The Pleasure Pier opened in May of 2012. With the island recovering from the devastation cause by Hurricane Ike, Galveston native (or as the locals say B.O.I.- born on island) Tillman Fertitta, owner of the Landry's restaurant chain, redeveloped...  Read More


Meet Rebecca Summers

Rebecca was not born in Texas, but "got here as fast as she could". The diversity and  friendliness of the people make the Houston/ Galveston area the place where she has chosen to raise a...  More About Rebecca