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.
Tips for Holiday Cruising from Galveston
If you are cruising this holiday season from Galveston, you should definitely spend a day or two on our Winter Wonder Island before or after your cruise. Read more.
What the Dickens Are You Wearing?
Going Old-Fashioned at Galveston’s Annual “Dickens on the Strand” Festival Read more.
Behind The Scenes: ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday
Take a behind the scenes look at ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday with some background, specs and fun facts! Read more.
Hotel Galvez Holiday Lighting Celebration
The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree with a countdown led by Santa Claus and Galveston’s Mayor Pro-Tem Terrilyn Tarlton Shannon. Read more.
Soar Down Giant Ruins Ice Slide, Discover Butterflies, Bats Inside Ice Land
Grab a parka and soar through the rainforests of the world on a 36-foot Giant Ruins Ice Slide now underway inside ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday. Read more.
Island Holiday Guide For The Entire Family
When planning your holiday adventures, you will not want to miss out on what Galveston Island has in store in 2017. Read more.
Tying the Knot, Island Style
Tying the knot with a seaside theme is a popular option for many couples. Galveston offers many venues for such a dream wedding – island style. Read more.
Galveston Holiday Events to Include New Downtown Lanterns & Lights PLUS Cirque Joyeux Noel Show
The entire island will offer holiday cheer with eight weeks of “Winter Wonder Island” events and festivities. Read more.
25 Ways to Send Your Stay Into Overtime!
Galveston Island is a beautiful, historic beach destination known for its great weather all year round. There are plenty of things to do in Galveston that promise to send your stay into Overtime, which is what makes our charming little island so diverse and special. Read more.
6 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Galveston
You’ve just landed in Galveston for some much-needed R&R and glance out the hotel patio window at the Gulf of Mexico. And it's raining. Never fear! Read more.