We are thrilled you have decided to explore Galveston Island. It’s said that once you cross the causeway from the Texas mainland, you instantly relax and your internal clock resets to island time.
We hope you experience this “causeway cure” where flip-flops replace dress shoes and the scenery is like postcards from a bygone era.
Known for its historic architecture and sparkling Gulf waters, Galveston Island is a fascinating place. It was called the “Playground of the South” when it was a booming business hub and elite tourist destination throughout the late 1800s. Since the Great Storm of 1900, the island has rebuilt but preserved much of its original character.
Today, Galveston is Texas’s most visited beach destination. The island is small but full of big surprises, from its culinary gems to its fun family attractions and thriving arts scene that combine a laid-back beach town atmosphere with the culture of a world-class city.
While modern amenities abound, a Galveston visit isn’t complete without exploring our rich history. Tour a Victorian mansion. Walk through our charming historic downtown district, once considered the “Wall Street of the South.” Go back in time to some of history’s most exciting adventures.
We encourage you to take in all that makes our city great. We’re confident that, using this website and these planning tools as a road map, you’ll grow to love this island as much as we do.
Fun & Spooky Activities to Tackle this October
Galveston, known for its beaches and sunshine, also has a dark side to it as well. Check out 13 spooktacular Halloween events coming up this October. Read more.
Galveston Island to Support Harvey Relief Efforts with Free Beach Weekend, Shrimp Festival
In an effort to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on the mainland, the Galveston tourism community will host a free beach weekend Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 with special promotions to benefit relief organizations. Read more.
10 Historical Facts You Probably Don't Know About Galveston
How many of these historical Galveston facts do you know? Read more.
Seven Reasons to FALL for Galveston This October
Fall brings beautiful weather and some of the BEST events the Island has to offer. Check out seven things you can do this October! Read more.
Ryson Vacation Rentals Lending a Helping Hand
FEMA vouches are being accepted by Ryson Vacation Rentals. Read more.
Shows at The Grand to Benefit Mainland Relief Efforts
Galveston fared well and is now in a unique position to help our neighbors. Donations will be accepted to aid those who may have been affected by Harvey. Read more.
Unique Shopping Opportunities in Downtown Galveston
Explore unique shopping opportunities in Galveston Read more.
Trolleys Cruising the Seawall and Downtown After a Brief Pause
Take a look back at the origin, current state and promising future of the Galveston Island Trolley. Read more.
10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston
The return of summer in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets. Read more.
Galveston Tourism Makes Full Return to Business with Reopening of Railroad Museum
Galveston tourism has made a full return to business with the reopening of the Galveston Railroad Museum today. All Galveston beaches and major attractions are now open. Read more.