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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

Stella Mare RV Resort Offering Luxury On A Budget

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TripAdvisor 2018’s No. 1 Destination For “Specialty Lodging On Galveston Island” offers luxury on a budget at award-winning Stella Mare RV Resort. New bookings for the month of June will receive 30% off select weekday sites or 20% off select weekend sites. Read more.

Sixth Annual Ohana Surf Dogs Competition Makes Waves on July 21

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018

Get ready to “hang four” at the 6th Annual Ohana Surf Dog event on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Read more.

The Galveston Island Bucket List

Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

There is so much you need to do in your lifetime on the island! Here's the ultimate Galveston bucket list: 50 things you need to do before you kick the bucket. Read more.

7 Surprising Things to Do In Galveston This Summer

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

There is far more to do in Galveston this summer than hitting the beach, check it out! Read more.

Galveston Isle Kicks Off Tourism Season Memorial Day Weekend

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018

As thousands of visitors flock to Galveston this Memorial Day weekend, the island’s tourism industry will be celebrating the kickoff of what is expected to be a successful summer vacation season. Read more.

Kingfish Everywhere, Ling Running

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Galveston fishing report provided by Aqua Safari Charters on May 23, 2018. Read more.

Galveston's Only Electric Bike Rental Shop Opens Downtown

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Electric bicycles are the new, exciting way to explore and experience the sights that only Galveston has to offer. Rent an electric bicycle and take yourself or a group of friends on a tour of Galveston’s history, curiosities and fare, all on your own schedule. Read more.

Galveston Island Market Celebrates 10th Year

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Galveston Island Market, sponsored by the Galveston Art League, will be holding its monthly open-air arts & crafts market on May 19! Read more.

Get a Cost Break by Staying Mid-Week

Published: Sunday, May 13, 2018

Grab that suntan lotion and put on that sexy swimsuit! Beach season has arrived and Galveston is rolling out the red carpet – eh, make that sand and sea – for the thousands of beachgoers headed to the island. Read more.

Don't Forget Postoffice!

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018

The quarter-mile strip of Postoffice Street between 23rd & 20th St. has dozens of great shops, top-notch coffee, ice cream and more!  Read more.

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