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Everywhere you look in Galveston, there’s an opportunity for natural beauty and slip-sliding fun!

  • Merry Cranemas: Celebrating the Return of the Sandhill Crane

    As the center of the trans-Gulf migration route, Galveston Island is one of the primary visiting stops for birds flying to and from Central and South America in the spring and fall....

    It’s also a vital winter habitat for many species that live further to the north, such as the stately and graceful Sandhill Crane. Renowned for their trumpeting cries and fascinating dances, flocks of these birds make this area their home every year. So far, almost 100 of them have been spotted at a local roosting grounds.

    In celebration of the crane’s return, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is presenting “Holiday with the Cranes.” On the weekend of December 9th-10th, visitors can take advantage of a myriad of activities, such as “Coffee and Cranes with Jim Stevenson,” “East End Winter Coastal Birding,” and “Winter Birding on the Isle’s West End.” Intrepid early-birds will appreciate “Dawn Patrol,” which features stunning views of the cranes taking flight, dance, and trumpet, along with hundreds of other marsh birds. For more details and to register, click here.

  • Happy Holidays, Galveston Style

    The holidays in Galveston mean it’s time for the annual “Winter Wonder Island” holiday events, and this year’s lineup is chock full of fabulous activities....

    Beginning November 24, Saengerfest Park will be the setting for “Downtown Lanterns and Lights,” a lovely collection of hand-made items and Christmas trees that will illuminate the park. Family holiday photos can be taken inside a giant snow globe as of November 25th and 26th, in addition to three days in December (9, 16, and 23). “Downtown Lanterns and Lights” will be on display through January 2, 2018. For more information, click here. Moody Gardens’ Festival of Lights includes hundreds of animated and sound-enhanced light displays, along with snow tubing, and ice skating.

    Don’t miss “Ice Land,” the Gardens’ 28,000 square foot exhibit featuring ice sculptures with a rainforest theme carved from two million pounds of ice. Both “Ice Land” and the Festival of Lights begin on November 11, and will run through January 7, 2018. For more information, click here. Lastly, be sure to attend at least one of the holiday performances at the Grand 1894 Opera House. Between November 12th and January 13th, the opera house will host a variety of exciting entertainers and performances, including “An Evening with Sophia Loren,” “Willie Nelson & Family,” “STOMP,” and “The Official Blues Brother’s Revue. For tickets and details, click here.

  • A Museum Kind of Mood

    The Moody Museum, a four-story mansion originally built in 1895, is one of Galveston’s great historic homes and architectural wonders. ...

    In 1900 the home was purchased from its original owner by W.L. Moody Jr., wealthy financier and merchant who would become one of the ten richest men in America by the 1950s. The house was occupied by the Moody family for over eight decades. Today, visitors can explore its 28,000-square feet filled with antiques, art, furniture, and other personal items that once belonged to this sophisticated and eccentric family. Self-guided audio tours are available, but much of the house is only accessible to those who choose to take the guided tour. Visitors with kids in tow will also want to check out the Galveston Children’s Museum on the ground floor of the mansion. And car aficionados will want to pop into the garage, which is currently hosting Auto Fever, an exhibit on the history of the automobile in the United States.

    Address: 2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550

  • Hurricane Harvey: Lending a Helping Hand

    On August 26 Texas was struck by Hurricane Harvey, the largest hurricane we’ve seen in over fifty years, and the results have been devastating....

    Hundreds of thousands of people lost electricity, tens of thousands were displaced from their homes, and hundreds of businesses have sustained damages. According to Governor Abbott, the total cost to the state could reach $180 billion. These statistics are overwhelming, but equally overwhelming is the outpouring of support we’ve received from around the country, from public officials, from celebrities, and from everyday Americans asking what they can do to help. If you would like to donate to hurricane relief efforts, we recommend any one of the following charities. 

    The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
    The Food Bank of Corpus Christi
    Carter BloodCare
    The Houston Humane Society
    The Texas Diaper Bank  

    To all those affected by this tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. To all those who have reached out to help, thank you, from Galveston and the entire state of Texas.

  • A Stroll through the Strand Historic District

    No visit to Galveston would be complete without a day spent exploring the Strand Historic District, where you'll find enough shops, museums, restaurants, and architectural wonders to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset....

    We suggest starting at the Galveston Island Railroad Museum (near the corner of 25th and Strand), where you’ll find one of the largest and most impressive restored railroad collections in the country. From there you can stroll down the Strand enjoying the many shops and historic buildings that made it through the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, often considered the worst ever in the continental United States. Further down you’ll see the Ocean Star Offshore Energy Center and Museum, a great stop for anyone curious about how gas and oil are extracted from the ocean floor via offshore rigs. Drop by the Pier 21 Theater for a quick flick, or stop into the Texas Seaport Museum where you can tour an 1877 sailing ship measuring over 200 feet in length and nearly 100 feet in height. By the time you’ve finished exploring all the Strand has to offer, you’ll be more than ready to collapse into the most comfortable beds in Texas back at the Inn at the Waterpark.

  • The Bryan Museum: 12,000 Years of Texas

    History buffs will be pleased to discover that one of the great museums of Texas history is located right here in Galveston. At the Bryan Museum, you’ll find over 60,000 unique items testifying to the rich history of our state from the pre-Columbian era all the way up to the 20th century....

    Have a close look at the weapons that served famed frontiersman James Bowie in the Texas Revolution or the intricate mechanism of a 19th-century Smith & Wesson. Spend time browsing thousands of rare books in English, French, German, and Spanish, or peruse the letters of notorious historical figures like Mexican General Santa Anna. You’ll see artwork spanning several genres, and you can immerse yourself in all the trappings of the Wild West. The Bryan Museum also makes a stunning venue for special occasions, including weddings and corporate retreats.

    Address: 1315 21st St, Galveston, TX 77550

  • Sail into History at the Texas Seaport Museum

    For a fun and memorable adventure into Texas history, head down to the historic port of Galveston for a day at the Texas Seaport Museum. Through the various exhibits, you’ll gain unique insight into the rich maritime narrative of immigration and commerce that’s made Texas a melting pot of cultures....

    You can even explore the state-of-the-art digital database that catalogues over 130,000 immigrants who came to the US through our city, “The Ellis Island of the West.” You can take a harbor tour on the museum’s 50-foot, twin-engine Seagull II or opt for the special marine biology tour where you’ll witness dolphins at play in their natural habitat. The crown jewel of the museum is Elissa, a sailing ship with an iron hull and three masts constructed in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1877. You can climb aboard and explore every facet of her breathtaking build. At two hundred five feet long and 99 feet tall with 19 sails, this massive vessel is enough to make even a seasoned sailor’s eyes go wide.

    Texas Seaport Museum 2100 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550

  • Galveston's Grand Palace

    When you think of Texas, you probably don’t immediately envision extravagant palaces with their regal occupants, but in Galveston, we have something pretty close. Just a short 15-minute drive from hour hotel, Bishop’s Palace was constructed in the late 19th century for railroad magnate Colonel Walter Gresham and his wife, Josephine, by famed Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton....

    The style would most properly be called Chateausque for “the intricate combination of materials, cast iron galleries and complex roof system.” We’re always especially delighted by the ornate carvings of plants, animals, and mythic beasts that adorn the home’s exterior. The basement floor, once a kitchen, now houses a shop, but the upper three floors have been preserved in all their original splendor. You’ll marvel at 14-foot coffered ceilings, stained glass windows, the parlor’s imposing fireplace, and the many other stunning idiosyncrasies of this certified National Historic Landmark. Self-guided tours are available every day, and you can call to inquire about guided tours and other special events.

    Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, TX

  • Galveston Sure Likes its Brunch

    Galveston’s many thousands of hungry residents take the topic of weekend Brunch fairly seriously. In response the city’s neighborhoods have raced to the finish line with menus featuring modern bites and killer cocktails. Chow down at these favorites....

    Farley Girls Cafe

    Farley Girls Cafe is a charmingly inspired spot that always pushes ahead with inventive entrees. Order a breakfast pizza with lox and cream cheese, the chicken schnitzel over waffles, or hashed barbecue pork.

    Mosquito Cafe

    Comfortably hidden over in the East End, one of Galveston’s most historic neighborhoods, Mosquito Cafe is a quaint venture that might brag about an eclectic style and its old-time charm. A food affair awaits, made from scratch.

    Number 13

    Number 13 is an elegant fixture that primarily serves steak and seafood. However, their spicy Bloody Mary bar opens for the weekend and things only get better from there. An upscale feast of succulent brunch awaits.

  • Have a Sultry Evening in Galveston

    Galveston has everything you’re looking for in a night out on the town. See where our recommendations take you....

    Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

    Built up within the historic district of Post Office Street, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe remains one of Galveston’s best venues for live music. It’s a quirky place that remains open till noon the following day, with a strict policy against lousy cover bands.

    O’Malley’s Stage Door

    During an evening spent in Galveston’s arts and entertainment district, you’d be wise to include a peek into O’Malley’s Stage Door. This authentic Irish pub has been filling pints with more than one hundred varieties of beer for a dozen years now.

    21

    While a majority of the nightlife to be found in Galveston caters to beachgoers, 21 is an upscale exception to the rule. Throw a monkey wrench into blasé nightlife with this trendy alternative. Enjoy one of twenty martinis listed on the menu and a freshly cut cigar.

  • Headlines for Texas' Largest Mardi Gras

    Galveston is proud to host the most ambitious Mardi Gras celebration in the state of Texas....

    Country music star Stoney LaRue and chart-topping alternative rock band Sugar Ray are scheduled to headline performances at this month’s Mardi Gras festivities in Galveston, which goes live on Friday, February 17th and spills over into Saturday. Every year our city is proud to host the most ambitious Mardi Gras celebration in the state of Texas.

    Famed for producing superhits like “Every Morning,” “Someday,” and “When It’s Over,” Sugar Ray is a veteran of the entertainment industry with over thirty years of rock heritage. Galveston will get a head start on the bead-throwing madness, beginning a few days before Fat Tuesday itself. This leaves room for a host of related activities, including Electric Mardi Gras, an area dedicated to non-stop DJs and laser light shows, and the all-new Fiesta Gras, featuring Tejano music and a performance by La Mafia on February 19th.

    Click here to purchase tickets online, or grab them at the gate.

  • A Great Big Quenching Gulp

    In Texas, a cool refreshing beverage is always on the menu. Quench your winter thirst and savor the taste of hops and spirits this month....

    January 18th @ 4:00 pm

    Galveston Island Brewing is hosting Greg Whitaker for a 90-minute interactive demonstration that introduces the fundamentals of beer brewing, following up with a tour of the brewery. Smell, taste, and talk among fellow participants in a pleasant afternoon of beer basics.

    January 20th @ 7:00 pm

    Celebrate the January anniversary of the Eighteenth Amendment dressed in your finest 1920s attire. Drunken Monkeyz will be playing music from the era, with a Speakeasy code word. Through the evening half-hour Prohibition tours will be available.

    January 21th @ 10:00 am

    Intersection of 23rd Street and The Strand

    Galveston is heating up this winter, thanks to global warming and the 8th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest. The festival pairs live music and craft vendors with a delicious cook off and beer tastings, plus an eight o’clock party (January 20th) at Yaga’s Cafe.

  • Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

    A trip to Galveston is officially incomplete without a trip to Schlitterbahn, hailed as one of the country’s top water parks....

    Treat yourself to an afternoon ride on the lazy river, glide like an eagle across the zip line, or soak up the sun’s rays in the privacy of your own cabana.

  • The Pleasure Pier

    After pulling itself together following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike, the Pleasure Pier takes you on a nostalgic trip back in time ...

    with its completely redeveloped boardwalk and more than a dozen amusement rides. Kids of all ages will enjoy bumper cars and candy concessions. 

  • Galveston Island State Park

    Galveston’s 2,000-acre wildlife park has all the right ingredients for nature lovers....

    Its campsites are outfitted to power the modern amenities and there’s many hours worth of biking, hiking, and flounder fishing to be had. Join a tour for turtles every Thursday at 10:00 am.