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Spotlight: Galveston

Voyage into the Lone Star State’s past on this fun-filled island

Forget the Texas stereotypes of tumbleweeds, longhorn cattle and cowpokes. Galveston Island, a barrier island on the Gulf Coast just 50 miles southeast of Houston, offers boating, fishing, surfing and swimming. The eclectic communities on the island will make all visitors feel welcome, and the extensive menu of recreational activities will keep visitors of all ages busy.

Galveston Island CVB

Galveston Island CVB

Dropping a Line

Gather your fishing gear and grab some bait for a morning or evening on the 61st Street Pier. This popular destination features great fishing for a fee, and photo-worthy views of the water and the shore.

If you prefer shooting photos to dropping a line, take a break from the summer sun and visit Moody Gardens, a multi-attraction destination that includes a living rainforest, 1.5-million-gallon aquarium, and a 1800s-era paddlewheel boat that offers one-hour cruises. Get your adrenaline pumping on the ropes course and zip line, and cool off in the Gardens’ water park.

Pier Into Fun

Nothing beats a seaside carnival experience, and Galveston’s Historic Pleasure Pier offers just that. The family-friendly combination of midway rides, quick-dining and souvenir shopping makes for a classic summer experience.

Get a feel for historic Galveston on a walk around the Strand Historic District. This collection of shops, restaurants, galleries and museums provides a full day of exploration and discovery. Stop in at the Galveston Island Railroad Museum, and grab a bowl of gumbo to refuel for more walking through this popular destination.

Galveston's tall ship Elissa dates back to 1877.

See the history of flight embodied in historic aircraft on display at the Lone Star Flight Museum, which houses more than 40 aircraft. The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame celebrates the aerial accomplishments of the state’s native sons and daughters. Guests can even go for rides in some of the restored planes.

For More Information

Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau
Texas Travel Guide