Galveston is one part resort town and another part historic city. Boats that resemble pirate ships, antebellum mansions, and impressive churches are scattered throughout the city. Thrillseekers should also ride the tallest water coaster in the world. If you’re visiting Galveston or looking for something to do, these are a few of the city’s best attractions.
When Galveston was still known as the “Wall Street of the South,” prominent businessmen built opulent mansions throughout the city. The 1892 Bishop’s Palace is the most prominent of Galveston’s historic homes.
Galveston hosts festivals throughout the year. There’s a Grand Kid’s Festival in the spring, a sandcastle competition over the summer, Island Oktoberfest in the fall, and Restaurant Week during winter.
Both children and adults enjoy the Moody Gardens pyramids. This educational facility allows visitors to watch sharks swim, play with penguins, and meet macaws. Guests can also zip line, golf, and more.
This island city is full of savory seafood restaurants. The Black Pearl Oyster Bar, Mosquito Cafe, and Shrimp & Stuff are among the best options. For a local craft beer, stop by Galveston Island Brewing.
Galveston’s is home to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and it’s way more interesting than it sounds. If you’d rather look at contemporary visual art, head to the Galveston Arts Center.
The Strand Historic District features many of the city's upscale establishments. Visitors can ride a horse-drawn carriage ride to more than 100 different shops and restaurants.
With 32 miles of shoreline, Galveston has plenty of beaches for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking. Galveston Island State Park and Stewart Beach are among the best.