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Downtown
City Name:
Galveston
Direction from City Center to Hotel:
South West
Local

Nearby Attractions

  • The Strand
  • Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
  • 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
  • Moody Mansion
  • Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
  • Port Bolivar Ferry
  • Bishop's Palace
  • Lone Star Flight Museum
  • Galveston Island Railroad Museum and Terminal
  • The Bryan Museum

Must See

The Postoffice Street & Arts Entertainment District is another historic area of downtown to visit. The 25 historic buildings were revitalized and reinvented as a center for the arts. Many art galleries, funky lofts and entertainment venues can be found here. While strolling the neighborhood, don’t forget to grab a bite at the top-rated Rudy & Paco restaurant beside the Grand 1894 Opera House.

Must Do

You can’t visit Galveston without experiencing the romantic charm of its Historic District. More than 100 shops and restaurants fill unique Victorian-era buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s. The district is listed the National Register of Historic places. Also, fill your sweet tooth at La King’s Confectionary, featuring a 1920s-era soda fountain and homemade candies.

Don't Go Home Without

If you’re looking for local, original flavor, don’t miss out on dining at the Mosquito Café. It offers gourmet food in a little house with a patio and a big dose of easygoing charm. Plus, the free Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry is extremely popular with visitors. You may even get a peek at the local dolphins that love to glide alongside many boats.

Tips

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is a family favorite year-round. What’s interesting is it’s located within a lazy river, which you use instead of sidewalks to move around. There are shaded areas and luxury cabanas to rent to help with the strong Texas sun, but sunscreen is a must. You can save some money by bringing your own cooler with food and drink (but no glass or alcohol).