Exterior of the Tremont House with a car in front of the entrance

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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.

  • 06 Apr

    Ten Fabulous Facts About Hotel Galvez & Spa

    1. Known as “Texas’ Queen of the Gulf,” Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911 and was built at a cost of $1 million as a symbol of recovery following... Read more

  • 06 Apr

    Ten Terrific Facts About The Tremont House

    1. The Tremont House was built in 1839, the same year Galveston was founded. 2. The original two-story Tremont House was considered the largest and finest hotel in the Republic of... Read more

  • 06 Apr

    Grand Times at the Grand

    Now is a good time to dream up travel itineraries for when adventures can resume. For future trips to Galveston, The Grand offers a cultural cornucopia for all, and is... Read more

  • 06 Apr

    Five Facts about Galveston

    During this time of uncertainty, travel may not be on the horizon. It’s a good time to settle in at home and dream of future vacations by learning about the... Read more

  • 02 Mar

    Five Family-Friendly Adventures Under $15 in Galveston

    Family vacations are ideal for making lifetime memories, but they can often turn into a budget-buster if you don’t plan ahead. With this in mind, we are suggesting some fun activities that will thrill the family but won’t break the bank.... Read more

  • 02 Mar

    Winning Wines, Exquisite Eats, and Fabulous Fun at the Galveston Island Wine Festival

    Want to join thousands of foodies and wine lovers for a tasting of hundreds of fine wines? Then, head over to Galveston’s historic Strand District on April 17-18, 2020 for the Galveston Island Wine Festival. ... Read more

  • 02 Mar

    Five Things to Know About the Galveston Island Beach Revue

    The Galveston Island Beach Revue on May 15 & 16 offers a weekend of 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 your weekend.... Read more

  • 02 Mar

    Ten Terrific Places for Family Fun in Galveston

    Looking for the ultimate in family-friendly fun? You’ll find it all right here in Galveston. We offer an abundance of fabulous attractions, ten of which are listed below.... Read more

  • 02 Mar

    Five Fabulous Free Tours in Galveston

    Galveston’s rich heritage and stunning beauty make it an ideal setting for tours of all types. Whether you’re here for a quick getaway or a full-fledged vacation, you’ll find a number of tours available, including many that are free. To get you started, we’ve listed five of our favorites below.... Read more

  • 03 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

  • 03 Feb

    Discover the Romance of Galveston

    Are you looking for a romantic getaway? Somewhere with beautiful beaches and gulf breezes, where fascinating history and Victorian architecture merge seamlessly with the new, and a walkable downtown abounds with a thriving arts and culture scene? Then, come to Galveston, a lovely and charming city where the weather is fine, the folks are friendly, and the fun is always happening. For a little inspiration, see our “insider” tips below. ... Read more

  • 03 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 events and attractions that appeal to everyone from toddlers to seniors, and every age in between. Whether you’re looking for the never-ending party, a family getaway, or a tranquil beachfront holiday, Galveston remains a natural magnet for Spring-Breakers of all stripes.... Read more

  • 03 Feb

    Spring and Summer Not to Miss Events on Galveston Island

    Who doesn’t love Galveston in the spring and summer? The warmer weather provides an ideal setting for weekends filled with special events, free movies, concerts, and more. Here is our “not-to-miss” event list for spring and summer: ... Read more

  • 03 Feb

    Best New Businesses in Downtown Galveston

    Galveston is an idyllic place for a staycation, and many of our guests have such a fabulous time that they return over and over again. With this in mind, we’re listing a few suggestions here for food, shopping, entertainment, and more, that our new visitors and those who are returning may find helpful. ... Read more

  • 06 Jan

    Five Things You’ll Love at Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest

    Indulge your chili cravings this month with steaming and savory bowls of red from Galveston’s paragons of the chili pot, and wash it all down with an array of craft beers at Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest on January 17 and 18.... Read more

  • 06 Jan

    Three Great Ideas for Winter Fun in Galveston

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

  • 06 Jan

    Come Carnival with Us

    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. ... Read more

  • 06 Jan

    Mardi Gras, Weekend Two: Preserve the Party in Pictures

    From the beach to downtown, Galveston’s 2020 Mardi Gras celebration is sure to be one big and beautiful blowout, featuring all of our favorite Krewes and parades. We love them all and include our favs for pics below. Plus, you’ll love the performances by renowned headliners, and concerts featuring a variety of genres. ... Read more

  • 02 Dec

    Toast the New Year in Grand Galveston Style

    An exciting place to ring in the New Year, Galveston boasts Old World charm, stunning historical architecture, and an array of fine restaurants, shops, and live entertainment. Wondering where to go and what to do? Here are some tips to make this your greatest New Year’s Eve, ever! ... 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 Nov

    Festive Downtown Shopping

    Downtown Galveston is renowned for 70 blocks of stunning historic architectural beauty. Chock-full of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques, it’s an ideal place to take care of that holiday shopping list with your favorite local merchants, listed here.    ... 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

    Ideas for Craft Beer Lovers

    The art of craft brewing is alive and well in Galveston, with many of the area’s finest produced locally and regionally. For those to whom craft brews are a major factor in selecting a vacay destination, here are a few suggestions.... 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

    Haunted Happenings

    Like many historic cities, Galveston has its share of haunted locations, as well as many stories about the spirits that still haunt them. Haunted places and tours are some of the most requested activities by our visitors and guests, so we are offering a few suggestions about our local “haunted happenings.”... 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 Aug

    What to See and Do at the State Park

    Long popular as a haven for birders and nature-lovers, Galveston offers prime, pristine land over a large part of the area, and one of the finest examples of this is the 2,000 acres of upper Gulf Coast barrier island ecosystem that is the Galveston Island State Park.... Read more

  • 01 Aug

    Why Visit Galveston after Labor Day

    Cool Gulf Coast breezes and sparkling waters are two of the best reasons to visit Galveston any time of the year, but the area offers a special appeal at the end of summer. After Labor Day, Galveston becomes even more of a visitor’s paradise, with warm temperatures continuing through the fall months and smaller crowds at the beaches and area attractions due to the beginning of the school year.... Read more

  • 01 Aug

    How to Make the Most of the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

    Where will you find the most delectable shrimp and heavenly gumbo this side of New Orleans? How about a Lil’ Shrimps Parade, a festive fun run, handmade arts and crafts from unique vendors, and an exciting Merchant Walk? The answer is the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival.... Read more

  • 01 Aug

    Tips for the Sandcastle Competition

    This August, crowds gather along Galveston’s beachfront to watch as piles of sand are transformed into structures of architectural brilliance inspired by everything from Disney™ to Game of Thrones. The AIA Sandcastle Competition is also one of the most popular events in the area, and competition for the various awards—particularly the coveted Gold Bucket—is fierce.... 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

    Best Places to Watch Galveston’s Fireworks Displays

    For many locals and visitors, Galveston’s July Fourth Fireworks are a tradition. However, if you’re not a native of the area, deciding where to watch can be a bit of a dilemma. With this in mind, here’s all you need to know to get a prime spot for these spectacular displays.... Read more

  • 03 Jun

    A Three-Day Itinerary for Foodies

    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

  • 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

  • 06 May

    Five Fabulous Reasons to Visit Galveston This Summer

    Sunrise on sandy beaches, cycling along the seawall, and strolling through a lovely and historic city – this is only the beginning of your “Getaway to Galveston.” An ideal summertime vacation location, Galveston is famous for its beaches, its beauty, and its unique, world-class attractions.... Read more

  • 06 May

    A History Buff’s Three-Day Galveston Itinerary

    Galveston is a history lover's dream come true – a city by the sea, rich in story, with a broad appeal for history buffs of all stripes. For those fans of history who are new to our city, we’re offering a three-day itinerary with your interests in mind.... 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

  • 27 Mar

    Six Reasons To See A Show At The Grand 1894 Opera House

    Did you know that Galveston is home to “The Official Opera House of Texas”? The Grand received this designation by the 73rd Texas Legislature in 1993. This restored theatre is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s one of those amazing gems that can only be found in Galveston.... Read more

  • 06 Aug

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Galveston's Seawall

    We asked Kimber Fountain, author of “Galveston Seawall Chronicles,” to share five things you didn’t know about Galveston’s Seawall.... Read more

  • 17 Jul

    Ten Cool Facts On The Tremont House

    1. The Tremont House is in its third incarnation. The current hotel that bears this name opened on Feb. 16, 1985 in conjunction with the revival of Mardi Gras in Galveston.... Read more

  • 05 Feb

    Romantic Wedding Proposal Ideas For Galveston

    So you are planning to pop the question and you have no idea what to do. That’s okay. We’ve asked some local experts on their suggestions on where to propose in Galveston.... Read more

  • 18 Oct

    Best Bike Routes In Galveston

    Galveston Island operates on “Island Time” and offers bike enthusiasts enjoyable routes along its famed Seawall Boulevard historic districts and harbor. While the city continues to add bike lanes across town, below are some recommended routes for visitors who want to pedal through Galveston.... Read more

  • 08 Sep

    Why We Love Galveston's Postoffice Street

    For many years, before the advent of the mall, Postoffice Street was the place locals went shopping. Thos of us who grew up in Galveston have fond memories of clothes shopping at Eiband’s Department Store. While the big department stores have disappeared; this area is now filled with a variety of locally owned shops, galleries, and restaurants and is definitely a “must do” for visitors. We love it because it offers a little bit of everything.... Read more

  • 16 Mar

    Tips For Three Day Galveston Itinerary

    First time visitors are always amazed at how much there is to see and do in Galveston. With a little planning you can easily enjoy a fun-filled three day itinerary.... Read more

  • 06 Mar

    Ten Tips For ArtWalk Galveston

    One of the most popular free events in Galveston is ArtWalk. ArtWalk is an evening of visual arts when galleries and other businesses open their doors on a Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. for an opening night reception to show off the works of local and regional as well as national artists.... Read more