Galveston Tourism

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Galveston

  • Know the pollution level of Galveston before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 83.33 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 66.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.33 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Galveston for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Galveston.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 62.5 (High)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 37.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.25 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 51.65 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 85.55 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 72.41 (High)
    • Health Care Index 80.56 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Galveston

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.5 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 52.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 67.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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