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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

Free Events on Galveston Island this Holiday Season

Published: Thursday, December 06, 2018

The island transforms into a “Winter Wonder Island,” as the store-fronts of downtown get blanketed in wreaths, lanterns and, of course, lights. Galveston also hosts several free and discounted events including Santa sightings, public art displays and more. Read more.

Holiday Fun Continues in Galveston with Expanded Downtown Lanterns & Lights

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2018

An expanded Downtown Lanterns and Lights has been illuminated in downtown Galveston. Read more.

The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Holiday Experiences in Galveston

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018

The holidays are about spending time with your family, and Galveston has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, events and displays! Read more.

Ice Land: Pole-to-Pole Opens November 17

Published: Friday, November 09, 2018

Ring in the holiday season in an ultra-cool way with a trip down a 30-foot tall Glacier Ice Slide completely carved from ice. This is one of many unique experiences visitors can enjoy inside the chilly ICE LAND: Pole-to-Pole, opening Nov. 17 at Moody Gardens.  Read more.

Island Restaurants Celebrate Community & Cuisine with Galveston Restaurant Week

Published: Thursday, November 08, 2018

The eighth annual Galveston Restaurant Week - Saturday, January 26th to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - brings Galveston Island's vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. Read more.

8 Things You Can Only Do in Galveston This Holiday Season

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

From November through January, Galveston is transformed from a vibrant beachside getaway into the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, see all the great things you can do this holiday season. Read more.

5 Fantastic Reasons You Need to Visit Galveston this Fall

Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Get on Island Time this Fall because of these wonderful reasons. Read more.

6 Fall Events Not to Miss This October

Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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.

5 Great Beach Tips for Summer

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summer is here and so is the time to visit the beach! Galveston Island has a variety of beaches to offer visitors and we have compiled our best beach tips to make the most out of your trip! Read more.

Snapper Limits Up to 20 Plus Pounds

Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Aqua Safari Charters report Mangrove snapper becoming abundant. Kingfish more scattered. Read more.

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