Things to do in Galveston, Texas

The Best Things To Do in Galveston

Galveston is a coastal city located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island in the U.S. state of Texas. It is considered to be a romantic island in the heart of Texas and is a major tourist destination boasting a temperate weather, rich history, Victorian architecture, 32 miles of beaches, museums, restaurants, shopping centres, top resort hotels, festivals, events, cruise ships and outdoor adventure activities by land or sea.

The best way to get a taste of this Historic town is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Galveston which include taking a tour of venues like The Grand, The Bishop's Palace, Menard Home, Haunted Mayfield Manor, Galveston Island State Park and Moody Gardens. The city is home to numerous museums like the Texas Seaport Museum, Moody Mansion Museum, Galveston Island Railroad Museum and Terminal, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig And Museum and Lone Star Flight Museum. The city also has numerous amusement parks like the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and the Pleasure Pier. Other top things to do in Galveston include fishing, spending an afternoon on unforgettable beaches or exploring The Strand Historic District for local entertainment, taking a ferry ride to watch the dolphins in their natural habitat and experiencing the vibrant nightlife at the various clubs, pubs and bars like Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, Captain Jack's Beach Bar and Flat Pool and Patio Bar. With such an endless list of attractions, Galveston is sure to keep you encapsulated and entertained, in turn giving you a memorable vacation.

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    41 Tourist Attractions in Galveston

    Must see places in Galveston ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Galveston and point of interests to visit.

  • Ferry Terminal To Port Bolivar

    #1 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Ferry Terminal To Port Bolivar

    Tags: Entertainment, Tourist Center, Boating, Ferry

    Address: Ferry Road, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This free service (Ferry Terminal To Port Bolivar), the most popular way onto Galveston, is also the city’s most popular attraction! Terrific views of the bay between Galveston Island and the Bo...Read more

  • Historic Strand District Galveston

    #2 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Historic Strand District Galveston

    Tags: Museum, Landmark, Walking Area, Historical Site

    Address: The Strand, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The five-block business district between 20th and 25th streets in downtown Galveston is the throbbing, vibrant entertainment and shopping heart of the island. Its success is at least partially owed to...Read more

  • The Seawall Boulevard

    #3 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    The Seawall Boulevard

    Tags: Waterfront, Walking Area, Boulevard

    Address: Galveston Seawall, Galveston, Texas

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Galveston was hit so hard by the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that the city built itself a seawall against future hurricane destruction. The 10 km long structure however, does a lot more than just prot...Read more

  • Pleasure Pier

    #4 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Pleasure Pier

    Tags: Landmark, Pier, Entertainment, Broadway

    Address: 2501 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

    Timings: 11:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    1 roller coaster, 15 rides, carnival games and souvenir shops. Very standard, but very well done. The pier has been built to replace an older Pleasure Pier that was destroyed by hurricanes. Though thi...Read more

  • Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

    #5 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

    Tags: Amusement Park, Water Park, Entertainment, Water Sport

    Address: 2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston, TX 77554, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    With over 35 rides, most of which are water-based, the park promised to keep you occupied for many entertaining hours. It will certainly be hard to cover all the attractions in a single day! Tube floa...Read more

  • Bishop's Palace

    #6 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Bishop's Palace

    Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

    Address: 1402 Broadway Street, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

    Timings: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    In the day, this grand old Hogwartsian building looks nothing but charming. Ornate, expansive and as Victorian as possible, the four floor house is just as cool inside as it is when viewed from outsid...Read more

  • Tree Sculptures

    #7 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Tree Sculptures

    Tags: Art And Culture, Outdoors, Landmark, Sculpture

    Address: 14603 Fonmeadow Dr, Houston, TX 77035, USA


    When hurricane Ike destroyed thousands of trees in 2008, nobody had thought that anything fruitful could be done with those dead trees. But then, the citizens and some volunteers came together to carv...Read more

  • Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig And Museum

    #8 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig And Museum

    Tags: View Point, Specialty Museum

    Address: 2002 Wharf Road, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Dedicated to the offshore oil and gas industry, the museum is established on a retired jack-up rig. Funded by private donations, admissions, and corporate donations, it opened in 1997. It’s thre...Read more

  • Moody Mansion Museum

    #9 of 41 Things To Do in Galveston
    Moody Mansion Museum

    Tags: Museum, Architecture , Mansion

    Address: 2618 Broadway Street, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    Narcissa Willis built this mansion against her family’s wishes and lived here, estranged from them, until she died (the locals will be happy to talk about the tragedy). But she left behind yet a...Read more

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  • Ashton Villa

    2328 Broadway St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Pier 21

    2100 Harborside Dr

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Samuel May Williams House

    3601 Avenue P

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Menard House

    1605 33rd St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Powhatan House

    3427 Avenue O

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Galveston Causeway

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Dickinson Bay

  • Fish Farm

    5036 W Bayshore Dr

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  • The Bryan Museum

    1315 21st St

  • Galveston Railroad Museum

    2602 Santa Fe Pl

  • Lone Star Flight Museum

    2002 Terminal Dr

  • Galveston Arts Center

    2501 Market St

  • Moody Mansion Museum

    2618 Broadway St

  • Bishop's Palace

    1402 Broadway St

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  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

    2501 Seawall Blvd

    Amusement Parks
  • Haunted Mayfield Manor

    2313 Harborside Dr

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Moody Gardens

    1 Hope Blvd

    Amusement Parks
  • Bungee Fun

    9030 Seawall Blvd

    Amusement Parks
  • Triple 777

    4619 Fort Crockett Blvd

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Treasure Isle Tour Train

    2106 Seawall Blvd

    Amusement Parks
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  • Old Quarter

    413 20th St

    Bars Night Clubs
  • Chili's Grill & Bar

    500 Seawall Blvd

    American Bars
  • Nate's Westend Seafood & Steaks

    17515 Termini San Luis Pass Rd

    Steakhouses Bars Seafood
  • Robert's Lafitte

    2501 Avenue Q

    Bars Burgers
  • Woody's Bar

    11149 Termini San Luis Pass Rd

    Bars Burgers
  • Jack's Pub

    2406 Post Office St

    American Bars
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  • Boot Kikkers

    12009 Delaney St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Lucky 777

    5307 Interstate 45

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Lucky Play

    135 Grand Ave

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Lucky Game Room

    1460 Highway 146

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Lindale Park

    400 Marine Dr

    Playgrounds Dog Parks
  • Kempner Park

    2700 Avenue O

    Dog Parks
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  • Porretto Beach

    10TH St

  • East Beach

    1923 Boddeker Drive

  • Sunny Beach

    11215 Bernice Dr

  • Pirate's Beach

  • West Beach

    6177 Sea Isle

  • Terramar Beach

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  • Jack Brooks Mountain Bike Trails

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  • Aunt Margie's Bait Camp

    1811 61st St

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Paparda Rey Fishing Charters

    601 N Holiday Dr

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Galveston Bait & Tackle

    9301 Broadway St

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Bayou Bait & Tackle

    6427 Broadway St

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Galveston Fishing Charter Company

    715 N Holiday Dr

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Topp Dogg Guide Service

    9301 Broadway St

    Hunting and Fishing
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