Once called the playground of the south, Galveston is popular among Houstonites as a summer getaway. It was once a major port of entry and immigration. Even now, major cruise lines include Galveston in their stops. There’s nothing terribly stand-outish about the town’s tourist attractions. The architectures is prettily Victorian, but not genius. The amusement parks are fun, but not outrageous. The ferry ride is cool, but not life-changing. The museums are lovingly crafted, but there are better one elsewhere. The fishing is great, but also forgettable. The state park is pleasant, and has some nice bird watching. There are also some strange wooden sculptures around town that add to the sightseeing.
The magic happens all it’s average elements come together to form a beautiful whole, and you fall in love with the place without realising when. Galveston charms its way into your heart. It’s unassuming and it’s peaceful.
A lot of Galveston’s character derives from the fact that the town has survived innumerable storms of devastating strength. Most famous are the Hurricane of 1900 (which caused massive damage and death) and Hurricane Ike of 2008, which did a lot of damage to the Seawall. This has done nothing to detract from the tourism here.
Essential travel information and Galveston tips for your visit
- Be careful about which areas you walk into after dark.
- Do evacuate during a storm warning.
- Do take a trip on the Bolivar Ferry… but leave you car behind.
- Hit the beaches!
- Check out two rad shops - The Witchery and Vintage Galveston.
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