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.
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.
Annual ARToberFEST Returns October 21-22
The 20th Annual ARToberFEST brings historic downtown Galveston to life this October. Read more.
Humans of Galveston: German Couple Make a Pit Stop in Galveston
Get a glimpse into the lives of some fascinating people who have made the journey to Galveston, Texas. 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.
Lone Star Rally Roars into Galveston November 2-5
North Dakota has Sturgis, which draws 750,000 bikers to the city for the 10-day event, and Daytona Beach has Beach Bike Week that attracts 500,000 over ten days. But pound for pound, bike for bike, Galveston’s Lone Star Rally is a major player on the scene. Read more.
36th Oktoberfest - Premier Fall Event
This fun, family festival weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and libations, Cake Wheel, fine arts, crafts, gifts and MORE! 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.
Birding For Fun Field Trip Opportunities
Experienced- and non-experienced-birders alike, come out and join us in a bird and sightseeing tour around Galveston Read more.
Fun & Spooky Activities to Tackle this October
Galveston, known for its beaches and sunshine, also has a dark side to it as well. Check out 13 spooktacular Halloween events coming up this October. Read more.