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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

  • 22 Nov

    Dickens on the Strand

    A Galveston holiday tradition returns downtown! The 48th Annual Dickens on the Strand Festival returns December 3-5 with a full itinerary of events. Transport back to 19th-century Victorian London as... Read more

  • 15 Nov

    A Very Merry Grand Holiday

    Christmas classics return to Galveston this holiday at The Grand 1984 Opera House. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this venue is home to not only hundreds of... Read more

  • 08 Nov

    The Holidays Are Back: Downtown Edition

    If you find yourself traveling to Galveston this holiday season and may have forgotten a gift or two, a trip downtown will surely make up for it. Made of four... Read more

  • 27 Oct

    Bikers Unite @ Lone Star Rally

    Gas the bikes, make your hotel accommodations, and prepare for a weekend of fun. From November 4-7, 2021, Progressive presents Lone Star Rally. Not only does this popular festival draw... Read more

  • 27 Oct

    SIX REASONS TO VISIT GALVESTON THIS THANKSGIVING

    1. Holiday in the Gardens Walk off those Thanksgiving dinner carbs at Holiday in the Gardens, kicking off November 20, and lasting through January 2, 2022. Enjoy 8 exciting holiday attractions... Read more

  • 04 Oct

    Haunted Happenings in Galveston this October

    Galveston Island is known for its spooky spirits, with ghost tours popular with locals and visitors throughout the year. As a bonus, the city steps up its haunted happenings for the month of October. Ready to get into the Halloween spirit? Check out our best picks for the spookiest events and activities of the season.... Read more

  • 04 Oct

    Guide to Galveston’s Best Craft Beer

    Galveston Island Brewing is a great first stop for your craft beer tour. It is the only full-production craft brewery in the area, with a myriad of brews served up in a taproom with a copper bar and live entertainment. ... Read more

  • 23 Sep

    Get Excited for the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

    The highly-anticipated Galveston Island Shrimp Festival is just around the corner. From September 24-25, enjoy loads of family fun with fabulous food and drinks—including some of the tastiest Gumbo on the Gulf.... Read more

  • 15 Sep

    What to See and Do at Galveston Island State Park

    Galveston Island State Park is the perfect destination for a day of eco-exploration. The Park holds underdeveloped barrier island habitats vital to conservation efforts. While visiting, keep your eyes peeled... Read more

  • 11 Aug

    Galveston After Labor Day

    Destinations like Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, and the beautiful Stewart Beach make a great three-day family-friendly staycation year-round. Yet, for couples and groups, the best time of year for a Galveston getaway begins as the summer season comes to a close.... Read more

  • 11 Aug

    Tips for the Sandcastle Competition

    We are counting down the days to the AIA Sandcastle Competition set for August 21, 2021, at R.A. Apffel East Beach Park. Judging will be based on factors like artistic expression, concept originality, difficulty, and carving technique. Whether you plan to test your skills as a builder or sit back and watch, we are offering a few tips to help you make the most of this annual beach day favorite.... Read more

  • 21 Jun

    Everything You Need to Know About Galveston’s Fourth of July Festivities

    For many locals and visitors, Galveston’s July Fourth Fireworks are a cherished tradition. But in the wake of the pandemic, many are unsure of what festivities are taking place this year. With Independence Day Weekend around the corner, here is everything you need to know about Galveston’s July Fourth festivities taking place this year.... Read more

  • 14 Jun

    Top Tips for a Galveston Beach Day

    No matter if you’re swimming or bodysurfing in the Gulf’s balmy waters, lounging in a beach chair on the sand, or savoring a sunset beachside picnic, you’ll find that Galveston’s Stewart Beach is an ideal beach park. Selected as one of the “10 Best Beaches for Families,” they provide lifeguards, showers, chair, and umbrella rentals, beach volleyball, concessions, playgrounds, and so much more. Whether you plan on spending a few hours or a full day at the beach, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your visit.... Read more

  • 07 Jun

    A Foodies’ Three-Day Guide to Galveston

    For those with an appreciation of culinary excellence, Galveston is an ideal destination full of edible indulgences. With this in mind, we are offering some suggestions for a fantastic three-day foodie getaway... Read more

  • 27 May

    Things To Do With Dad In Galveston For Father's Day Weekend

    Father’s Day weekend is less than a month away, and Galveston is heating up with plenty of dad-approved attractions. So put away the tie and the #1 Dad mug for another day and start planning a Texas-sized weekend adventure he’ll cherish for years to come. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:... Read more

  • 17 May

    Five Fabulous Reasons to Visit Galveston This Summer

    Beautiful beaches, a historic downtown, and plenty of monthly events make Galveston an ideal destination for a summer getaway this year. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing beach escape or a non-stop party, here are five reasons why the Queen City of the Gulf is your ticket to the best summer vacation ever:... Read more

  • 10 May

    A History Buff’s Three-Day Galveston Itinerary

    From The Strand Historic District to various maritime attractions, we have curated the best historical must-sees in a three-day itinerary that’s sure to delight any history buff.... Read more

  • 24 Apr

    Three Free Galveston Tours Just in Time For Spring

    As the weather warms up and refreshing spring breezes carry salty sea air inland from the Gulf, there is no better time to explore Galveston’s rich heritage and stunning beauty on a bevy of tours that appeal to all types and budgets. Whether you are here for a quick getaway or a full-fledged vacation, give your wallet a break and try out some of our favorite tours offered for free!... Read more

  • 17 Apr

    Five Things to Know About the Galveston Island Beach Revue

    The Galveston Island Beach Revue on May 14-15, 2021, offers vintage-inspired fun with big band music, bathing beauties, and classic hot rod cars. Here’s a list of five things to know when planning to attend: ... Read more

  • 10 Apr

    Grand Times at the Grand

    A proud jewel in Galveston’s crown, The Grand 1894 Opera House remains one of the oldest structures still standing in the city, and is renowned for hosting world-class performances. Before visiting The Grand for... Read more

  • 31 Mar

    Your Galveston Fishing Guide To Having a Reel Good Time

    With the Gulf of Mexico right around the corner, the calm waters of Galveston Bay are teeming with subtropical marshes, prairies, and incredible wildlife, offering something for everyone with a rod, a reel, and a love of fishing. For the passionate angler, here are the best fishing opportunities, onshore and offshore.... Read more

  • 22 Mar

    The Strand and Beyond: Where To Shop In Downtown Galveston

    Downtown Galveston is renowned for 70 blocks of stunning historic architectural beauty, chock-full of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques all within walking distance. From the historic Strand District to artful Postoffice Street to the nautical Pier 21, take a piece of Galveston home with you as you make memories shopping downtown.   ... Read more

  • 16 Feb

    Your Ultimate Spring Break Destination

    Often referred to as the playground of the Southwest, the city of Galveston is the ideal Spring Break destination for all types and tastes. Galveston provides a wealth of attractions that appeal to everyone from toddlers to seniors, and every age in between. Whether you’re looking for a beachfront soiree or a family-friendly getaway, Galveston remains a natural magnet for Spring-Breakers of all stripes.... Read more

  • 15 Feb

    The Best Small Businesses and Locale in Downtown Galveston

    Galveston may have all the amenities of a large city, but it also has the close-knit friendliness of a small town. To truly get a sense of the local community, we’re listing a few suggestions here for food, shopping, and entertainment that are true Galveston originals you won’t find anywhere else.... Read more

  • 14 Feb

    Galveston’s Most Romantic Places to Pop the Question

    Galveston is chock-full of natural scenic beauty and charming attractions, all of which are ideal places for a romantic and memorable proposal. However, before you reveal the ring of her dreams on bended knee, it’s important to set the scene by making sure your hotel selection offers the right ambiance and style.   ... Read more

  • 21 Jan

    Perfect Places to Snap a Mardi Gras Selfie (Even When It’s Cancelled!)

    Since our inaugural Mardi Gras parade in 1871, the festivities have grown every year in scope and style to become the town’s ultimate winter carnival celebration, as well as the third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation. The 2021 Mardi Gras celebration, which was set to run from February 5-16 has sadly been canceled for the safety of the community, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on some Mardi Gras fun and take home impressive pictures, too (because, as we all know, pics or it didn’t happen!).... Read more

  • 20 Jan

    Celebrating 150 Years of Galveston’s Mardi Gras

    Brilliantly colored beads, marvelous masks, and ornately costumed riders on elegant and brightly lit floats—these iconic symbols of Galveston’s Mardi Gras are ingrained in our history. Although the festivities have been on pause this year, we can still look back on the festival’s colorful beginnings while looking forward to Mardi Gras 2022!... Read more

  • 13 Jan

    Three Great Ideas for Winter Fun in Galveston

    Galveston offers an abundant array of fabulous and family-friendly activities all year round. From Dickens on the Strand to shrimp and gumbo festivals, there’s always fun to be found—sometimes where you least expect it. ... Read more

  • 02 Dec

    Choose Your Church: 8 Places for Holiday Services

    Whether you attend church and temple regularly or prefer a less-regimented worship style, you’ll find services in Galveston offer something for almost everyone. After making a selection from the alphabetical list below, remember that dates and times of services may vary during the holidays, so remember to check with your preferred place of worship for details. ... Read more

  • 02 Dec

    Galveston Attractions and Eateries Open for the Holidays

    Surf with Santa, explore a whimsical winter wonderland and indulge in some of the finest food, drink, and festivities that Galveston has to offer. First, make waves at Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, where Santa will be surfing on the Boogie Bahn during select dates through December 31.... Read more

  • 02 Dec

    Perfect Places to Propose During the Holidays

    While most agree that the right setting is one of the most important elements for a romantic marriage proposal, what constitutes as the “ideal setting” is something that varies from person to person. With this in mind, we suggest the following locations that are uniquely Galveston, often quirky, and wildly romantic.... Read more

  • 01 Nov

    The Best Spots for Holiday Snaps

    If you’re visiting Galveston for the holidays, you’ll probably want lots of photos. Whether you want to be the envy of your Instagram feed, or just want to keep a photographic record of your holiday getaway, we suggest the following locations. ... Read more

  • 01 Nov

    Five Must-Do Holiday Events

    With over 50 days of fabulous holiday activities, it’s no wonder that Galveston is referred to as the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas. Listed here are five seasonal must-do events.... Read more

  • 01 Nov

    A Dickens Holiday

    This holiday season, don your hoop skirts, dust off your top hats, and join us December 6-8 for three days of fabulous, festive fun at Dickens on the Strand. The historic Strand District will be magically transformed into a merry street fair reminiscent of Charles Dicken’s London.... Read more

  • 01 Oct

    Best Places for Pre-Dinner Cocktails

    Galveston is chock-full of outstanding restaurants, offering everything from fine dining to casual spots where burgers and pizza are an art—and most of them serve beer, wine, and cocktails. For those in search of top-shelf libations before dining, we suggest the following four places.   ... Read more

  • 01 Oct

    A Galveston Holiday Bucket List

    Extravagant decorations, loads of lights, and magical holiday events—it’s no wonder Galveston is known as the state’s “Winter Wonder Island.” From Hotel Galvez’ Tree Lighting Celebration to Dickens on the Strand; listed below are our “must-do’s” for the holiday season.... Read more

  • 01 Oct

    Six Reasons to Visit Galveston This Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving in Galveston means indulging in special holiday meals and enjoying local festivities to kick-off the holiday season.... Read more

  • 01 Oct

    Best of the Fall Fests

    Welcome to fall in Galveston, where our fabulous outdoor festivals offer something for every interest and taste. To plan your itinerary for fall fun, check out the list below.... Read more

  • 02 Sep

    A Galveston Travel Guide for Millennials

    With their desire for destination immersion, adventures in both accommodations and experiences, and a strong preference for experiences over things, millennial travelers are often drawn to Galveston for its many such “made to order” activities and attractions.... Read more

  • 02 Sep

    Ten Reasons to Visit Galveston in Fall

    As summer slowly segues into fall, this is the ideal time for a visit to Galveston. Here are ten of our favorite reasons why fall is so fabulous here.... Read more

  • 01 Jul

    A Three-Day Itinerary for Water Lovers

    Galveston offers a year-round haven for sun and sand lovers, but the summer season is an especially fine time for aquatic recreation. With this in mind, here is a three-day itinerary for water lovers.    ... Read more

  • 01 Jul

    Discover Galveston’s Postoffice Street

    Long embraced by Galvestonians as one of the best places for local shopping, Postoffice Street is considered a must-see for visitors to the area. Today, this renowned street is chock-full of locally owned eateries, art galleries, and unique shops; offering guests a little something for everyone.    ... Read more

  • 01 Jul

    What to Pack for the Beach

    Galveston offers visitors endless stretches of sand set against the stunning backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico, making these beaches ideal for family fun in the sun. Whether boogie boarding, building sand castles or lazing under an umbrella reading the latest book, a day at the beach is sure to please almost everyone. Stewart Beach and East Beach are two of the largest and most popular beaches in the area. Here, you’ll find lifeguards, chair and umbrella rentals, a children’s’ playground, restrooms, and concessions; but before heading out, check out this list of items to take along.   ... Read more

  • 01 Jul

    One Wedding, Two Venues

    Whether you dream of exchanging your vows in a fragrant garden, against the backdrop of rolling surf, or in a lavishly decorated ballroom, a double venue wedding is an ideal way to make your special day one you’ll cherish forever. With two venues, there’s no need to compromise about the setting for the wedding or the reception—you can have both!... Read more

  • 03 Jun

    Terrific Ways to Tour Galveston

    Visitors to Galveston will always find an abundant array of events and activities nestled amid the quaint charm of historic surroundings, a vibrant nightlife, and family-friendly attractions, not to mention a variety of interesting ways to get around. You’ll find guided and self-guided walking tours, trolley and Segway excursions, along with tours via carriage, bicycle, van, golf cart, and boat.   ... Read more

  • 03 Jun

    Five Must-Do’s in the Strand District

    A myriad of local attractions and cultural events are the featured stars of Galveston along with numerous culinary delights and scenic historic areas. The Strand, one of the area’s finest historic districts, is a remarkable collection of 19th-century buildings, now home to shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. Since “strolling the Strand” is such a popular pastime, we’re offering a list of “must-do’s” for those unfamiliar with the neighborhood.... Read more

  • 06 May

    Four Reasons to Renew Your Vows in Galveston

    For many couples, the romantic rites of annual wedding vow renewals have become a tradition. These observances have become increasingly popular, and folks are discovering that they frequently invigorate and add new depth to their marriage, whether they’re celebrating wedded bliss of one year or decades together.... Read more

  • 08 Apr

    Eight Things To Do At Pier 21

    Pier 21 is one of those surprising spots in Galveston that’s perfect for a romantic getaway, a fun and exciting day with the kids, or evening out with friends. Here are just a few of the attractions that you don’t want to miss:... Read more

  • 01 Apr

    Explore Historic Architectural Grandeur

    Join us for an insider’s view of some of Galveston’s grandest houses at the Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Running May 4 – May 12, this 45th edition of the Tour will offer public tours of many of the city’s most impressive, privately owned homes.... Read more

  • 01 Apr

    Galveston Goodies to Make Mom’s Day

    Give Mom the best Mother’s Day she’s ever had right here in Galveston. A favorite destination for most any getaway, our charming, historic city offers a wealth of restaurants, shops, museums, art galleries, and entertainment. There’s so much to see and do that we are offering a few insider tips on how to make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget.... Read more

  • 01 Apr

    A Historic Tradition: The Grand 1894 Opera House

    A proud jewel in Galveston’s crown, The Grand 1894 Opera House remains as one of the oldest structures still standing in the city and is renowned for hosting world-class performances. ... Read more

  • 01 Apr

    Go Wild for BBQ

    Get ready for fantastic food, friendly competition, fun, games, and fundraising at the 23rd Annual Yaga’s Wild Game & BBQ Cookoff. Head over to Pier 21 May 10 – 11 for Galveston’s premier springtime event benefitting the Yaga’s Children’s Fund Inc.... Read more