Historic Galveston Island is home to a variety of popular attractions, from landmarks and historic buildings to modern wonders and scenic natural areas. Taken together, these attractions make Galveston one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas.
Galveston Pleasure Pier
The Galveston Pleasure Pier, which extends nearly 1,200 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, offers visitors more than enough activities to keep busy for an entire vacation. The Galveston Pleasure Pier features a number of great thrill rides, including the Iron Shark Rollercoaster, Pirate's Plunge water log ride, Sea Dragon swing ride, Texas Star Flyer (a 200-foot tall swing ride), a two-level carousel, bumper cars, and, of course, the iconic ferris wheel, The Galaxy Wheel. The Galveston Pleasure Pier also features a midway full of games and a number of unique souvenir shops, such as The Pelican's Bag, Lolli & Pop's Candy Shop, and the Bubba Gump Retail Store.
Visitors crossing the causeway to Galveston will surely see the pyramids rising on the western side of the island. Those pyramids are just part of magnificent Moody Gardens. With attractions that include several aquariums, an IMAX theatre and even a rainforest, Moody Gardens is a must see for Galveston visitors.
Popular Texas waterpark Schlitterbahn has added a third location - Schlitterbahn Galveston Island. Like the other Schlitterbahn parks, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island features plenty of unique and innovative rides. However, unlike any other waterpark in the world, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is "convertible", offering outdoor fun in the summer and indoor water rides during the winter.
Developed as Galveston's commerce center in the late 1800s, the Strand has survived over 100 years to be reborn as an island shopping mecca.
Completed in 1895, the Moody Mansion is the epitome of Victorian architecture in turn of the century Galveston. The mansion, which was home to the powerful Moody family, survived the 1900 hurricane and now has been restored and is open for tours and lunch.
Texas Seaport Museum & the Elissa
Home to the 1877 tall ship Elissa, a national historic landmark, the Texas Seaport Museum tells the seaborne history of Galveston, which was known as "The Ellis Island of the West" in the 1800s.
Completed in 1893, the Bishop's Palace survived the 1900 hurricane and is now part of Galveston's Historic Homes Tour.
Passenger trains were the mainstay of tourist traffic for Galveston until the 1960s. The Galveston Island Railroad Museum tells the story of the railroad's role in the early development of Galveston.
Galveston Island State Park
The 2,000 acre Galveston Island State Park features beach and bay access, nature and hiking trails, a boat ramp, campsites with water and electricity, and more.
Not only did this historic opera house survive the 1900 hurricane, it is still flourishing and has even been designated the "The Official Opera House of Texas." Today, performances range from Willie Nelson to Red, White, & Tuna, to Fiddler on the Roof.
One of Galveston's most popular beaches, Stewart Beach is conveniently located at 6th and Seawall Blvd, just off Broadway. Stewart Beach is family friendly and offers a variety of amenities that make it the perfect spot to take the family for a "day at the beach".