Galveston Texas Travel Guide

A mere fifty miles from Houston and just offshore, you will discover an island paradise with a laid back Texas attitude. Galveston is a perfect side trip and is easy to access, by flying into Hobby Airport (HOU), then driving to Galveston. You will breathe a sigh of relief as you settle into one of the beachside hotels you will find in out Galveston Texas Travel Guide; you’re on island time now!

Beach at Galveston TexasSettled by pirate Jean Lafitte in the early 1800’s, Galveston’s early history was determined by its prominence as a seaport. Situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico, the Island had a busy maritime industry which was eventually eclipsed by Houston’s Ship Channel, constructed in 1917. Throw in The Great Storm, a hurricane in 1900 which destroyed a full third of the city, and you can see how Galveston’s fortunes have often been determined by forces from without.

Nowadays, much of Galveston’s economy is based on tourism, with its beautiful beaches combining with historic architecture and cultural attractions creating a great destination. A 10 mile long, 17 foot high Seawall now protects the city’s historic buildings and business district.  To get a feel for the city’s layout, board the Treasure Isle Tour Train by the seawall to take a 2 hour tour of the island. Now that you are acclimated, a good place to begin your exploration is The Strand, a five block National Historic Landmark District filled with restaurants, shops and a number of revitalized Victorian-style commercial buildings. You should browse Postoffice Street which is comprised of antique shops, unique galleries and local eateries; if time permits, stop at the Pier 21 Theater to watch a 30 minute film about The Great Storm of 1900 – the devastation was unbelievable. Annual celebrations such as Dickens on the Strand and Mardi Gras are quite well-attended.  Designated National Historic Places to tour include The Bishop’s Palace and the Grand 1894 Opera House, where you will see Galveston Symphony performances and first-rate concerts.

Sails of the Tall Ship Elissa in Galveston Bay Galveston Island TexasMaritime history can be explored at the Texas Seaport Museum where you can behold the venerable 1877 Tall Ship Elissa and take a tour of Galveston Harbor on the Seagull II. There is a database with all the names of immigrants entering the country at this port, so you can look for names of relatives. Move along to Pier 19 and board a retired oil rig to learn about the oil and gas industry at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. Seawolf Park, on Pelican Island, is a popular locale offering a submarine and a WWII destroyer for tours along with a fishing pier and playground.

Moody Gardens is an attraction in and of itself. You will find a challenging golf course along with the completely revamped Rainforest Pyramid. Experience a Penguin Encounter and see sharks at the Aquarium Pyramid or spend the day relaxing at its waterpark, Palm Beach. Moody Gardens also offers 3D and 4D Theaters along with Ridefilm, which offers a 180 degree simulated experience. The Schlitterbahn Waterpark is one of Galveston’s most popular sites, offering exciting rides year round, with a heated indoor area for the colder months.

Galveston Island State Park offers 2,000 acres of hiking, swimming, biking, birding, fishing and camping opportunities, so savor the great Texas outdoors! Beaches are always nearby; many visitors enjoy Porretto Beach, a family-owned locale, as well as city beaches, East Beach and Stewart Beach. Be sure to take the free Galveston Island-Port Bolivar Ferry to see dolphins and experience the island from another vantage point.

Whether you come to Galveston to charter a boat for deep-sea fishing, tour some of the finest Victorian buildings in the country or just laze on a beach with an umbrella drink, this City Guide provides great information: just click on any of the Attractions just below. For your convenience, you will find lists of Galveston Texas hotels nearby each attraction to make things easier for you. Those soft breezes and sparkling waters are calling you!

 

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Motel 6 Texas City

Motel 6 Texas City

1121 Highway 146 N -- Texas City, TX

Discount Rates from $60.79  

 
Economy Lodge

Economy Lodge

1902 Texas Ave -- Texas City, TX

Discount Rates from $63.00  

 
Rodeway Inn

Rodeway Inn

6107 Broadway St -- Galveston, TX

Discount Rates from $74.95  

 
Crystal Suites

Crystal Suites

201 N Hwy 146 -- Texas City, TX

Discount Rates from $76.00  

 
Super 8 Motel  Galveston

Super 8 Motel Galveston

2825 1/2 B 61st Street -- Galveston, TX

Discount Rates from $77.85  

 
Travelodge Galveston

Travelodge Galveston

3924 Avenue U -- Galveston, TX

Discount Rates from $79.99  

 
Candlewood Suites Texas City

Candlewood Suites Texas City

1700 Hwy 146 N -- Texas City, TX

Discount Rates from $80.00  

 
Super 8 La Marque TXTexas City Area

Super 8 La Marque TXTexas City Area

312 Delaney Rd -- La Marque, TX

Discount Rates from $80.00  

 
Americas Best Value Inn and SuitesTexas CityLa Marque

Americas Best Value Inn and SuitesTe

5201 Gulf Freeway (I-45 S, exit 13) -- La Marque, TX

Discount Rates from $84.95  

 
Comfort Inn And Suites

Comfort Inn And Suites

320 Highway 146 N -- Texas City, TX

Discount Rates from $85.00  

 
Beachcomber Inn

Beachcomber Inn

2825 61st St -- Galveston, TX

Discount Rates from $86.95  

 
Americas Best Value Inn and Suites  Texas City

Americas Best Value Inn and Suites

902 Highway 146 N -- Texas City, TX

Discount Rates from $99.95  

 
Best Western Plus Mainland Inn and Suites

Best Western Plus Mainland Inn and S

10620 Emmitt Lowery Expy -- Texas City, TX

Discount Rates from $99.99  

 

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