To some, Galveston will always be an island defined by its storied past, its 19th-century elegance, big-city ambitions, notorious seaport and even more notorious storms. But visitors to the island these days might be forgiven for thinking they’ve happened upon a new golden age, one even more glorious than the last.
From world-class museums to brand-spanking-new cruise ships, from the explosion in entertainment and dining options to the ever-growing number of places to stay, shop, and explore, this is not your grandfather’s Galveston - or your father’s, for that matter. Except that it is.
The atmosphere is still as warm and friendly as the breezes. The beaches - as beautiful and inviting as they’ve ever been- still go on forever. It’s Galveston as you always knew it, and always knew it could be.
Fortunately, the island offers a wide variety of accommodations, from swanky resorts and beach houses to budget-conscious lodging and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Choosing the place that’s right for you may seem like an overwhelming task, but the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to help! Call their toll-free visitor line (888-GAL-ISLE) for suggestions.
From the Blogs
Holiday Fun Continues This Weekend
Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
It’s all about Santa Claus and shopping on Galveston Island this weekend. Santa will make several appearances in the historic downtown district where visitors will find myriad ways to finish up their Christmas shopping. Read more.
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.
Through the Eyes of a Young Newcomer
Published: Thursday, December 06, 2018
Cody Baird is new to the island and shares his new found enthusiasm for Galveston. Read more.
Galveston Island Holiday Gift Guide 2018
Published: Monday, December 03, 2018
In addition to being a great holiday vacation destination, Galveston Island is home to some of the most unique boutiques, shops, restaurants and attractions in the country, making it a perfect place to do some of your holiday shopping! Read more.
Yes, You Can Participate In a Christmas Bird Count!
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2018
This is the 119th annual Christmas Bird Count, hosted by the National Audubon Society. The event runs from December 14, 2018 through January 5, 2019, with individual CBCs occurring on specific dates during that time period all across North and South America. 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.
Have You Seen These Amazing Birds?
Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
If you’ve ever seen Sandhill Cranes, you know they are large, elegant birds – standing nearly 4 feet tall, they are hard to miss! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? 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.
Top 5 Reasons To Bird Galveston By Car
Published: Thursday, November 08, 2018
The first in a series of "Top 5" birding blogs by Kristine Rivers. Read more.