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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

Enjoy Easter Brunch on Galveston Island

Published: Monday, April 15, 2019

Need Easter plans? Here are a few locations to enjoy Easter brunch with your family! Read more.

Massive Cajun Festival Coming to Galveston Island April 26-27

Published: Monday, April 08, 2019

Join us at Tin Cup's Caddy Shack, April 26th and 27th, for the first-ever 'Bon Temps Rouler Cajun Throwdown'! Featuring all you can eat shrimp (Friday) and crawfish (Saturday) + a star-studded musical line up, you won't want to miss this event! Read more.

Galveston Beach Parks Now Open

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

The time has come! Stewart Beach and East Beach's gates are now open for business. Hours, pricing and more can be found here. Read more.

Galveston Island Events April thru May 2019

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: 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.

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 Spring

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Spring 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.

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