The siren song of breaking waves draws visitors to Galveston’s beaches generation after generation. With warm breezes and year-round temperate seas, visitors to Galveston Island can choose to bask in the sun on the Island’s 32 miles of beaches, enjoy the rich history and explore a variety of attractions, all of which is only 50 minutes from Houston.
Galveston’s attractions range from historic and intriguing to modern and adventurous. This spring, don’t miss any of Galveston’s must-see highlights.
Broadway beauties, such as 1892 Bishop’s Palace, with its impressive architecture and Moody Mansion, built in 1895 — portraying the early 20th century family life among Galveston’s elite — are must-sees.
The Grand 1894 Opera House, ranked among the nation’s finest historical theaters, has various scheduled performances throughout the spring.
The Galveston Historical Foundation offers a look into Galveston’s history. The Texas Seaport Museum & 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA features the history of the Port of Galveston. The Great Storm of 1900 documentary details the hurricane that killed 6,000 people and set the tone for Galveston’s resiliency.
Visit a real drilling rig up close at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. This museum gives you an inside look at a retired jack-up rig with exhibits, interactive displays and videos explaining how oil and gas are claimed from under the sea.
Among Galveston’s top attractions, the Lone Star Flight Museum houses a fine collection of restored aircraft. Now offering rides on historic war planes including the B-17, B-25 and PT-17 Stearman, this is an experience not to miss.
The coolest way to have fun is to slide into Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. The park offers dozens of attractions featuring enclosed tube slides, the Torrent Tidal Wave River, speed slides, water playgrounds and tropical beaches.
Galveston’s famed Moody Gardens feature an aquarium pyramid, discovery pyramid, a 3-D IMAX theater, a tropical rainforest pyramid, a 4D special FX theater and an IMAX Ridefilm. This spring in addition to its signature attractions, Moody Gardens will premiere Happy Feet 4D. Plus, the Discovery Pyramid is currently hosting Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island. This exhibit features Galveston Island as one of the primary immigration ports in the 19th Century.
A great way to see all the sites of Galveston Island is to embark on a sightseeing tour. Whether by land or sea, Galveston offers plenty of tours to learn all of the rich history of the area. Dolphin watch on a Harbor Tour, stroll the East End Historic District on a self-guided tour, or join a guided tour with Galveston Duck Tours or the Treasure Isle Tour Train.
Antique lovers, art aficionados and shoppers of all kinds will discover beautiful and interesting objects on display in many new boutiques and stores to the Historic Downtown Strand Seaport District.
For more information on Galveston Island, please contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-888-GAL-ISLE (425-4753), stop by the Galveston Visitors Center located 2328 Broadway inside at Ashton Villa, or visit our Web site at www.galveston.com.