Where the Texas Coast Begins
At its Golden Era in the late 1800s, Galveston Island was known as the “Playground of the South” – a booming tourist destination built on its attractive beaches, convenient location, high-traffic port and numerous attractions. Galveston has reclaimed that title in recent years with an influx of new attractions and cruise ships that keep drawing visitors to this charming historic beach town on the Texas Gulf Coast.
|Postoffice Street Arts & Entertainment District | Galveston Island|
Galveston is described as a romantic island tucked deep within the heart of south Texas. It possesses all the charm of a small southern town, yet it is only 50 miles south of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States. Galveston Island is a popular year-round destination, blending temperate weather and rich history – including one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. But that’s only the beginning.
The island is also home to 32 miles of beaches, a wide variety of family attractions, museums, restaurants, downtown shopping, top resort hotels, and outdoor adventure activities by land or sea, including kayaking, diving, deep-sea fishing, birding, golfing, beach volleyball and more.
|Restaurants | Galveston Island|
Galveston offers festive events almost every weekend. From the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country to popular food events such as Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival, Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival and the Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival. The holiday’s in Galveston are full of charm with unique events such as Dickens on The Strand and Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens.