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Insider's Guide to Galveston

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

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Located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island in Texas, Galveston is a coastal city with a rich history. Although people say Galveston has a much different vibe than Texas due to its island feel, has been the home of many firsts in the state. Some of these firsts include having Texas’ first post office, first opera house, first hospital, first golf course and first country club, to name a few. Today, Galveston is still home to numerous historic buildings and houses that allow you to explore this heritage. 

Along with being innovative it is a worthwhile destination with much to do and see in terms of the arts, culture, shopping, dining, nightlife and outdoor attractions. Spend some time exploring the local museums, like the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas Seaport Museum and the Galveston Railroad Museum. Galveston is also home to a large array of art galleries, as well as an ArtWalk in the historic district that takes place once every six to eight weeks. 

If you’d rather spend your time outdoors, visit Schlitterbahn Galveston Island waterpark, stroll along the seawall (which boasts being the world’s longest continuous sidewalk) and take in the Gulf of Mexico, go fishing on Galveston Bay and see the many birds at the Galveston Bay Estuary. And of course, don’t leave without lying on the beautiful soft sand beaches Galveston is known for. Galveston has much to explore, and this is just a small taste of some of its offerings. 

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