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Welcome to Historic Galveston Island! The siren song of breaking waves draws visitors to Galveston’s beaches generation after generation. Warm breezes and year-round temperate seas complement the city’s rich historic districts, award-winning restaurants, unique attractions and bustling shops.

And though Galveston’s relaxed island atmosphere is only 50 minutes from Houston, it is a world away in spirit.

At 32 miles long and two-and-a-half miles wide, the Island is surrounded with incredible history and unique beauty. Known as the Playground of the South, we hope you will enjoy all Galveston has to offer – from beaches, to family attractions, to historic architecture, outdoor adventure, shopping, dining and cruising.

It’s Island Time!
For more information on Galveston Island, please contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-888-GAL-ISLE (425-4753), or visit our website at

Traveler Tips

If you’re on the island, simply click to on your mobile device. The site is GPS based and lets you know what restaurants, attractions, shops etc. you are closest to along with directions.

Visiting multiple attractions? Visit our exclusive attraction package website to receive 40% off with 4 or more attractions.

If you’re flying, check flights at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). It’s closest to Galveston.

If you’re bringing a group or meeting, contact the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau to assist with all planning needs. 866.505.4456 *

If you’re taking a cruise, check-out for a list of lodging venues that offer parking and shuttles to the Port of Galveston.

If you’ve never been to Galveston, make your first stop at the Visitor Information Center located at 2328 Broadway for maps, discount coupons and other planning tips.

Patti LaBelle to Make Grand Debut This August
Next month, LaBelle, the Grammy Award-winning vocalist widely regarded as the "Godmother of Soul,” the "High Priestess of Good Vibrations” and the "Queen of Rock 'n' Soul” – is coming to Galveston.

Houston Children's Chorus to Grace Island with Sacred Song
The Houston Children’s Chorus will kick off its annual Summer Residency in Galveston with a concert of sacred music at 5 p.m. July 26 at the historic St. Mary’s Basilica, 2011 Church St.

Summer in Galveston: Let the Music Play!
Looking for something fun to do on the Island this summer? Strap on some cowboy boots and mosey on down to the Texas Country Concert Series at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

New Bryan Museum Becoming a Popular Galveston Island Attraction
Only a month since its opening, Galveston’s newest attraction is becoming a popular island destination. T

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