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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.

From the Blogs

Moody Gardens Welcomes a New King Penguin Chick in Time for Valentines Day

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Moody Gardens and their famous penguins have a new member in the family. Read more.

What to do Before or After My Cruise?

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018

Check out this video and blog pairing to help you navigate Galveston's frequently asked questions. Read more.

History Comes Alive at Seawolf Park

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018

When thinking about Galveston Island you probably imagine beaches and amusements like Moody Gardens or Pleasure Pier but in between the palm trees and sea grass is a WWII memorial named Seawolf Park. Read more.

The Ultimate Galveston Spring Break Guide

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The official guide to planning your affordable Galveston Spring Break. Read more.

10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It's hard to narrow it down to only 10 things, but here's are the 10 reasons you should get on Island Time! Read more.

Galveston's Beaches: So Many to Choose From!

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

When the temperatures soar in the weeks and months ahead, what’s the best Galveston beach to hit the waves? Read more.

Seven Must Do Family Activities

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

If you’re running low on ideas that will make everyone happy, here are our suggestions for some must-do family experiences on the island. Read more.

Seven Amazing Things You Need To Do in Galveston this Spring

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Whether you’re paddling along tranquil coastal channels, playing in an indoor waterpark, or indulging in some first-rate dining, you’ll find many reasons to visit Galveston this spring. Read more.

Update to Galveston Cruise Ships: Who's Coming, Leaving, and Staying

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017

Galveston is home-port to six cruise ships at the moment, which happened last month when RCCL’s Vision of the Seas and Disney Wonder sailed in to port. That’s the most ships we’ve ever had at once! But, of course, that’s going to change. Read more.

Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?

Published: Monday, November 27, 2017

Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more.

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