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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 www.galveston.com.

Traveler Tips

If you’re on the island, simply click to galveston.com 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 galvestonislandpass.com 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 * info@galvestoncvb.com

If you’re taking a cruise, check-out galveston.com/parkandcruise 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.

Galveston Al Fresco
When visiting Galveston Island, one of the first things visitors want to know is where they can go for great food and drinks while soaking in the Island's great outdoor atmosphere.

Spring Migration Takes Wing
Spring in Texas always meant one thing to me - bluebonnets. Our family made an annual pilgrimage to Washington County for wildflower spotting. Then I moved to Galveston and for the past 20 years spring took on a new meaning for me - spring migration.

The Official Texas Sea Turtle Shell-e-bration Highlights One Year Anniversary
You might call it Texas’ Day of the Turtle – the state’s very own turtle. On May 10th, a so-called “shell-e-bration” will be held on the first anniversary of the Kemp’s ridley being named the official sea turtle of Texas.

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