What to Do
Making the Most of Island Time
Galveston Island is home to some of the best attractions Texas has to offer, including Moody Gardens as well as Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park.
Galveston also offers a plethora of unique museums, including The Bryan Museum, Texas Seaport Museum, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum and Galveston Railroad Museum.
Having one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, Galveston allows visitors to explore the island’s interesting history by touring one of its popular historic mansions.
Arts & Culture
Galveston’s thriving arts scene offers both the performing and visual arts. From stage performances to historical films, to art exhibits, there’s a multitude of entertainment and inspiration to experience.
Galveston Island is home to some of the best attractions Texas has to offer, including Moody Gardens, Schitterbahn Waterpark, the Historic Pleasure Pier, unique museums, dazzling Victorian architecture, and 32 miles of sun-kissed beaches.
Cruising from Galveston Island
The Port of Galveston is the fourth busiest home port in the United States with departures from Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines. Need an itinerary? We’ve got suggestions no matter how much time you have before that ship sails.
Festivals & Events
Galveston Island offers a year-round collection of must-experience events. From Mardi Gras to Dickens on The Strand, from Chili to Shrimp, from ARToberFEST to Oktoberfest, Galveston’s got the fun.
History & Heritage
Part Southern, part Texan, abloom with towering oleanders of every color and encompassing more history and stories than cities 20 times its size, Galveston is often called “The Republic of Galveston Island” by its residents because it is so unlike the rest of Texas.
Recreation & Outdoors
Galveston’s temperate weather generally allows visitors to enjoy the beautiful outdoors year-round. The island offers wonderful Gulf beaches, golfing, fishing, surfing, kayaking, biking and more.
Galveston Island is famous for exceptional dining and glittering nightlife
Tours & Sightseeing
Whether you prefer to stroll down quaint alleyways by foot or trot through the streets in a carriage, all paths lead visitors on an unforgettable trip back in time. Guided or self-guided, walking or riding, getting to know Galveston is all about the journey.
So you’re considering a visit to Galveston Island! That’s wonderful! We’re confident you’ll find our Southern hospitality, temperate weather, sun-drenched beaches, and lively Victorian history the recipe for a perfect Island getaway. And we’re doing our best to make this website the perfect assistant for your vacation planning needs!
And a great tool for that? Our Information Request Form! Simply take a moment to fill out a few lines of information, and our seasoned team of Galveston Island tourism professionals will get you squared away in no time!
For more information on Galveston Island, please contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-888-GAL-ISLE (425-4753). If you’ve never been to Galveston, make your first stop the Visitor Information Center located inside the Galveston Chamber of Commerce at 2228 Mechanic, Suite 101, for maps, brochures and other planning tips.
Whether you’re driving across the state with friends, planning a weekend escape, or rounding up friends for some much-needed beach time, Galveston is an ideal destination. Follow this three-day guide, or mix-and-match your own itinerary for the perfect weekend.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the staid date night tradition of dinner and a movie, but let’s be honest, it’s not the most creative use of your time with that special someone. Galveston has no shortage of fun, interesting, romantic and infinitely entertaining activities to enjoy on a pleasant evening, so let’s take a look at a few faves.
When you think of an island, idyllic images of sun, sand and surf inevitably come to mind. And while Galveston is one of Texas’s top vacation destinations for this very reason, its 32 miles of sparkling beaches are just the tip of the iceberg (not a Titanic pun, though if you’re into cruising Galveston has that, too!)