We are thrilled you have decided to explore Galveston Island. It’s said that once you cross the causeway from the Texas mainland, you instantly relax and your internal clock resets to island time.
We hope you experience this “causeway cure” where flip-flops replace dress shoes and the scenery is like postcards from a bygone era.
Known for its historic architecture and sparkling Gulf waters, Galveston Island is a fascinating place. It was called the “Playground of the South” when it was a booming business hub and elite tourist destination throughout the late 1800s. Since the Great Storm of 1900, the island has rebuilt but preserved much of its original character.
Today, Galveston is Texas’s most visited beach destination. The island is small but full of big surprises, from its culinary gems to its fun family attractions and thriving arts scene that combine a laid-back beach town atmosphere with the culture of a world-class city.
While modern amenities abound, a Galveston visit isn’t complete without exploring our rich history. Tour a Victorian mansion. Walk through our charming historic downtown district, once considered the “Wall Street of the South.” Go back in time to some of history’s most exciting adventures.
We encourage you to take in all that makes our city great. We’re confident that, using this website and these planning tools as a road map, you’ll grow to love this island as much as we do.
From the Blogs
Mardi Gras! Galveston Announces Entertainment Headliners
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration announces entertainment lineup. La Leyenda and Bidi Bidi Banda to headline Fiesta Gras; Bun B to serve as Grand Marshal for new Bumpin’ Bus Parade Read more.
5 Benefits of Booking Your Vacation Rental Direct
Published: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Every February, vacation rental owners and managers from all over come together to spread one key message: #BookDirect. But what ARE the benefits of booking direct? Read more.
3 Reasons Why Galveston.com & Company is Bracing for the Coolest Winter Ever
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The team of programmers, designers, and editors at Galveston.com & Company is gearing up for what it believes will be the coolest winter it’s ever experienced. And we’re not talking temperatures. Read more.
Celebrate NYE 2020 in Galveston
Published: Monday, December 30, 2019
Ring in 2020 with one of these several NYE celebrations! Read more.
Miracle Christmas-themed pop-up bar returns to Galveston in 2019
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2019
From November 25th to December 31st, DTO will celebrate the season with a menu of signature cocktails, décor of lights, garlands and tchotchkes inspired by nostalgic Christmas decorations and a soundtrack of holiday songs. Read more.
Carnival Cruise Line To Add A Fourth Ship In Galveston
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
With Addition of Carnival Radiance and Carnival Breeze, Line Will Carry 900,000 Guests a Year from Galveston, More Than Any Other Cruise Line. Read more.
9 Reasons To Visit Galveston During The Holidays
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
When planning your holiday adventures, you will not want to miss out on what Galveston Island has in store this season. Read more.
Set Sail: FAQs Around Cruising From Galveston
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
If you have never taken a Caribbean cruise from the Port of Galveston, it may be time for a grand Gulf adventure. Here are a few logistical tips to get you out on the water with peace of mind. Read more.
It's Time to OPA! Galveston Island Greek Festival
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2019
The Island goes Greek for the 37th Annual Galveston Greek Festival, October 12 and 13 Read more.
Building History: Galveston's iconic structures bring the past to life
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Take a dive into the architectural gems that bring Galveston's storied past alive to this day Read more.