A flourishing trade and tourism hub by the turn of the last century, Galveston has a rich, fascinating history to add to its already considerable charms. Stately mansions dot the landscape, and you can still catch a show at the grand Opera House. Of course, the area's warm weather and a variety of beaches reliably attract visitors, but savvy travelers should be sure not to miss the island's vibrant arts, dining and shopping scene.
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Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and the famous Seawall of historic Galveston Island, this resort offers an ideal location for leisure visitors in Texas.
Galveston, Texas lies about as close to the Gulf of Mexico as you can get without going for a swim. An old-fashioned pleasure pier stretches along the southern shores of this bewitching island city. From bird watching at the 2,000-acre Galveston State Park to browsing the colorful shops and cafes housed in quaint 19th-century buildings in the Strand Historic District, Galveston offers an array of entertaining diversions. The renowned 1894 Grand Opera House currently offers intriguing theatrical performances, while Moody Gardens provides a peek in to the wondrous wildlife of the planet, presented within giant pyramids of glass.
The city’s ongoing festivities include tasty shrimp festivals and citywide ArtWalks with live music and performances amid some of the country’s most well preserved Victorian architecture in the downtown Cultural Arts District. The convenient red and green electric Galveston Trolley takes locals and vacationers along the seawall and downtown area, a custom that dates back to the mid-1800s.
Visit Bishop’s Palace, an expansive Victorian-style house. Tour Gresham’s Castle in the East End Historic District and the 31-room Willis-Moody Mansion, both constructed at the end of the 19th century.
Learn more about the earth’s spectacular nature and wildlife from the ocean to the rainforest as you stroll through the immersive giant pyramids at Moody Gardens.
Take an exhilarating water ride at the Schlitterbahn Galveston waterpark.
Discover why Galveston Island State Park is clearly for the birds, and those who love them. Try your luck in games of chance along the boardwalk at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
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