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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.

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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:

  1. Exploring is encouraged: Galveston is chock-full of shops, restaurants, historic neighborhoods, and an array of attractions. Rent a bike, walk, or catch a ride on the Galveston Island Trolley for a relaxing way to get around.

  1. Sun, surf, and sand: Summer isn’t complete without the feeling of sand between your toes and the soothing sound of the ocean. As a barrier island, Galveston boasts 32 pristine miles of coastline to explore that also hosts an array of festivals and sandcastle building competitions during the summer months. 

  1. Special celebrations: From Memorial Day to an Independence Day parade, there’s always something to celebrate and plenty of can’t-miss events to partake in!

  1. History at your fingertips: From the bustling and picturesque Strand Historic District to The Grand 1894 Opera House to the array of maritime history museums and landmarks to explore, Galveston offers history buffs some unique and fascinating treats.

  1. Local attractions: Make a splash at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, or board one of Galveston Water Adventures’ vessels for a sunset cruise. And thrill-seekers can’t miss a visit to Galveston’s historic Pleasure Pier for family-friendly amusement park fun.


When it comes to finding the perfect summer retreat, we recommend Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21 for fabulous waterfront accommodations, conveniently located near the Downtown Strand district!