Galveston Tourism

Visit Galveston - Best of Galveston

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.

Galveston Travel Tips

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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Facts and Stats for Galveston*

  • Pollution Statistics in Galveston

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

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 100 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Galveston: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Galveston for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Galveston.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 31.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Living in Galveston - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 60.16 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Galveston

    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 25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 60 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 36.33 USD

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

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