Judging by all the attention Galveston has received lately, it’s safe to say the city no longer flies under the radar as a vacation destination. Among the accolades, Trip Advisor recently named the island a Top 10 Summer Destination; Galveston made Country Living’s list of 20 Charming Beach Towns Across America; and the city was listed on USA Today’s Best Reader’s Choice Travel Award as one of the Top 10 Best Destinations for History Buffs.
As if to drive the point home, tourists are descending in record numbers each year—2014 alone saw 6 million visitors. First and foremost, they come for our beaches, and because of that, the city’s in the midst of adding even more, restoring seven entire miles of sandy shores for them to enjoy. But that’s not all.
They come for history. And they find it exploring storied structures like the Moody Mansion, Bishop’s Palace and The Grand 1894 Opera House; looking back in time at cultural institutions like the Railroad Museum; embarking upon tours that peel back layers of our past; and simply wandering The Strand and taking in the extraordinary architecture.
They also come for the art scene, to shop for antiques, to bird-watch and kayak, to thrill their children with visits to the Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark—and, oh yes. To eat. The island has seen a gastronomic explosion of late, with creative, chef-driven restaurants like BLVD. Seafood, Number 13 and Ocean Grille joining island eateries that have been serving wonderful Gulf seafood (and Mexican!) for years.
As the city continues to grow, change is on the horizon. Each year brings new attractions for guests to take in. Remember the city’s trolley system? It’s being restored, and will soon once again ferry visitors around town the old-fashioned way. And you can now take in the city in all its glory via helicopter—seriously. Does it get more exciting?
First of 1 Million Cubic Yards of Sand Has Been Pumped Onto the Beach
The first of 1 million cubic yards of sand has been pumped onto the beach in a $19 million project to replenish over 3.5 miles of beach along Galveston's seawall.
Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade Schedule for 106th Celebration
If you’re looking to catch some beads this carnival season, look no further than the 106th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston. Read more.
Alternative Rock Band Sugar Ray & Stoney LaRue to Headline Mardi Gras! Galveston 2017
Alternative Rock band Sugar Ray and country music star Stoney LaRue will give headline performances at Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration, taking place Feb. 17 – 28, 2017 in Galveston. Read more.
Restaurant Week Spotlight: Catch of the Day
When it comes to Restaurant Week, Galveston has quite an advantage with its fresh seafood - it's literally all around us! Read more.
Restaurant Week Spotlight: The Fertitta Magic and Galveston Island
One of the great things about living in Galveston? You may know him as the Billion Dollar Buyer; we know him as Tilman Fertitta. Read more.
A Beginner's Guide to Galveston Restaurant Week
For food lovers—I’m looking at you, foodies—Galveston Restaurant Week is like Christmas, the 4th of July and Thanksgiving all rolled into one, big gastronomic celebration. Read more.
Restaurant Week Spotlight: Our Favorite FRESHtaurants
For today's Restaurant Week Spotlight, we focus on two eateries that have carved out an unforgettable niche for both their culinary creativity as well as their garden-fresh recipes. They're what we choose to call "freshtaurants." Read more.
Restaurant Week Spotlight: Gumbo Diner Dazzles with Perfect Daily Breakfast (& Lunch! & Dinner!)
Who among us has not rolled out of bed late on Saturday or Sunday and hasn't Googled "breakfast" The first meal of the day isn't supposed to be complicated, so to reduce any and all work behind the decision, we present Galveston Restaurant Week. Read more.