The coastal resort of Galveston, Texas, is a feast for the eyes with its ocean views, colorful buildings and historic districts with charming 19th-century edifices. It has 30 miles of beaches and enough fun activities to keep everyone in the family happy.
Galveston occupies most of two barrier islands called Galveston Island and Pelican Island. It’s a busy port for international trade and also a port of call for the major cruise lines. It’s only 45 miles from downtown Houston, with transportation from houston airport to galveston cruise terminals.
Fun Ways to Get Around Galveston
You can take almost any kind of tour in Galveston — walking, or riding in a horse-drawn carriage, bus, trolley, boat or helicopter. You can even take a sunset tour riding a Segway along the seawall to Pleasure Pier. Your tours can explore history, ghosts, cemeteries, pirates, architecture, beach combing and — awesome — food!
A very fun way to get around Galveston is to rent a golf cart, by the hour or by the day. You can get a two-seater or a cart big enough for eight. The rental company will provide you a map that shows which streets have too much traffic for your cart, but you can certainly drive from the Strand along the seawall and in fact get to most of the places you want to go in this small city (population about 50,000).
More Fun Things to Do in Galveston
The Strand, a Victorian historic district located near the wharf, is Galveston’s premiere area for shopping and entertainment. You’ll find many of the town’s 20 art galleries and 14 museums here, as well as antique stores, historical attractions and, of course, outstanding restaurants, many serving delectable seafood.
An amazing opportunity is the free ferry ride from Galveston to Bolivar Peninsula and Crystal Beach. You’ll see pelicans, lots of seagulls and usually dolphins, too.
Even though Galveston is close to Houston, it feels like it’s a million miles away. Next time you need to feel the ocean breeze on your face, think about heading for Galveston.