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Top Attractions In Galveston, TX

Located on Texas's beautiful Gulf Coast, Galveston Island is a treasure trove of exciting attractions and fun for the whole family. Spend an afternoon on unforgettable beaches or explore The Strand Historic District for local dining and entertainment. From thrilling amusement parks like Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark to fascinating sites like the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Texas Seaport Museum, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Historic Attractions

Step into history via tours of the historic Victorian Bishop's Palace and a 20 room tour of the Moody Mansion. In addition, be sure to explore the Texas Seaport Museum, The Bryan Museum, and Galveston Railroad Museum.

Hotel Galvez History

Tremont House History

Weekly Ghost Tour

2024 Seawall Blvd | (409) 765-7721

Hotel Galvez offers weekly ghost tours exclusive to hotel guests only for $15/pp and weekly history tours. The history tours are open to the public and are $10/pp. Hotel guests may enjoy the history tours for free. Reserve in advance at the Hotel Galvez front desk or by calling (409) 765-7721.

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Hotel Galvez Spa

2024 Seawall Blvd | (409) 515-2100

Escape to an oasis of restorative luxury inside The Spa at Hotel Galvez. Indulge in relaxing massages, replenishing facials, and rejuvenating body treatments near the peaceful blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Galvez Ghost Tour and Dinner

2024 Seawall Blvd | (409) 765-7721

Featured on the Travel Channel’s "Ghost Stories" and Discovery Channel’s "Ghost Lab," Hotel Galvez offers guests a monthly 1 ½ hour guided ghost tour followed by a three-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill. To book this package, please call the hotel directly at (409) 765-7721.

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

2501 Seawall Blvd | (855) 789-7437

Tap into your adventurous side by visiting the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, packed with 16 rides and attractions like Iron Shark Roller Coaster, Pirate's Plunge, Galaxy Wheel, and Sea Dragon, just a five-minute walk from Hotel Galvez & Spa.

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The Bryan Museum

1315 21st Street | (409) 632-7685

Housing the largest collection of historical artifacts, The Bryan Museum’s collection is comprised of 70,000 items, spanning 2,500 years, with documents, antiques, and artwork relating to the Southwestern United States.

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Moody Gardens

1 Hope Blvd | (409) 744-4673

The adventure never ends at this theme park that the whole family will love. See penguins and sharks up close at the Aquarium Pyramid, try your skills on the rope course, experience a 4D film, and watch monkeys in their natural rainforest habitat.

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Pier 21

2100 Harborside Dr | (409) 763-5806

As one of the hottest attractions in Galveston, Pier 21 offers jet boating tours through Sun Time Watersports, Galveston harbor tours, history at Pier 21 Theatre, and touring fun at the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA at the Texas Seaport Museum.

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Schlitterbahn Waterpark

2026 Lockheed Road | (409) 770-9283

Take a dip into the refreshing waters of this award-winning adventure park, packed with slides, rides and glides for the whole family. Schlitterbahn offers year-round admission, so you can enjoy a thrilling splash of fun at any time of year.

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Grand 1894 Opera House

2020 Post Office St | (409) 765-1894

Take in a magical night of fun and fantastic shows hosted by the Grand 1894 Opera House. This historical theater currently features a selection of concerts, Broadway shows, national touring groups, and international stars.

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Winter

December

  • Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
  • Dickens on The Strand

January

  • Galveston Restaurant Week

February

  • Mardi Gras! Galveston

Spring

March

  • The Grand Kids Festival
  • Spring Break

April

  • Galveston Island Food And Wine Festival
  • Lone Star Ironman Triathlon
  • Grand Kids Festival

May

  • Historical Homes Tour

Summer

June

  • Galvez Wedding Vow Renewal 

July

  • Independence Day Fireworks and Parade

August

  • A!A Sandcastle Competition

Fall

September

  • Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

October

  • Harvest Moon Regatta
  • Haunted Happenings Across the Island

November

  • Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
  • Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez