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If you haven't been to Galveston lately, it's island time! Galveston Island is home to some of the best attractions Texas has to offer, including Moody Gardens and its new Rainforest Pyramid as well as Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. Located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston, Galveston is a historic beach town offering a plethora of unique museums, including the Texas Seaport Museum, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and Galveston Railroad Museum. Having one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, Galveston allows visitors to explore the island's interesting history by touring one of its popular historic mansions. With 32 miles of beaches, you can't come to Galveston without soaking in some sun with the numerous outdoor activities available, including dolphin tours, birding tours and more. To learn how you can experience Galveston Island together, visit

family beach vacation   Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this multi-million dollar family destination brings the glory of Galveston’s famous history into the present with thrill rides for adults and kids, midway games, shopping, live music and entertainment and a full-service restaurant. The amusement park is located on a pier over the Gulf of Mexico in the same location a pleasure pier stood in Galveston during the 1940s.

beaches in Texas   Schlitterbahn Waterpark,
Galveston Island

Daring speeds slides, endless rivers, uphill water coasters, waves for surfing, splashing and relaxing, plus kid-friendly water playgrounds -- your family will be thrilled! And the exclusive Transportainment river system makes Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark the ultimate family vacation destination.

texas boating   Spend a Day at Moody Gardens
Explore the Aquarium Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid and the Rainforest Pyramid. Cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat or enjoy beautiful white sand Gulf coast beaches and blue lagoons at Palm Beach.

Galveston surfing   Tours by Air, Land or Sea
You'll want to see the beaches of Texas from all angles! Galveston offers plenty of bay and ocean tours, dolphin watching expeditions, our unique land and sea duck tours, ferry rides (they're free!), historic plane rides and more.

Texas golf courses   Play 18 Holes on a Seaside Course
with a Tropical Feel

Plan a tee time at Moody Gardens Golf Course, Galveston's premier public course. Enjoy your game while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Galveston surfing   Catch a Wave
Come and check out the Texas surfing scene. Galveston beaches offer first-rate waves ready to ride. Take a surfing lesson from one of Galveston's pros. Classes and one-on-one lessons are available for all skill levels from first-timers to advanced surfers. The windsurfing is great too!

Galveston vacation   Historic Attractions Galore
Galveston Island is filled with historic attractions and museums such as the 1892 Ashton Villa, 1895 Moody Mansion, Lone Star Flight Museum, Railroad Museum, Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum... just to name a few.

Galveston surfing   The Grand 1894 Opera House
See a show or tour "The Official Opera House of Texas," which is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Galveston vacation   Galveston Tree Sculptures
Come aboard Galveston Island Tours' electric shuttle bus and tour the Galveston Tree Sculptures, beautiful creations in the island’s historic East End that came from Oak trees damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Contact: or
409-765-8687. Take the free, self-guided tour by downloading the brochure at

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