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10 May

A History Buff’s Three-Day Galveston Itinerary

With nearly two centuries of history and its unique position as the gateway to the Southwest, Galveston a 32-mile long living museum, brimming with iconic landmarks and cultural monuments. 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.

The first stop is your hotel. We recommend the Harbor House Hotel & Marina for direct access to Pier 21 and close proximity to The Strand. 

Day 1: Check in and relax before heading over to Pier 21 to check out the Tall Ship ELISSA, a still-seaworthy craft built in 1877, the Texas Seaport Museum, the Pier 21 Theater, and many more maritime history attractions. 

Day 2: Venture further out and explore the Bishop's Palace, the Moody Mansion, and The Bryan Museum. Don’t forget to check out the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a Saturday train ride aboard the Harborside Express.


Day 3: Turn a history lesson into a shopping session on your last day when you explore The Strand Historic District. This five-block district was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976 for its collection of stunning Victorian architecture and its role as the state's major port in the 19th century. Here you can visit the Grand 1894 Opera House and enchanting Postoffice Street, known for its chic eateries and art galleries.