During the warm weather months, most visitors begin thinking of Texas beaches. While it's true that Galveston is home to several great beach parks, it is also a year-round tourist destination with several attractions and entertainment options.
Shopping on the Strand is popular twelve months a year. In fact, one of Galveston’s most popular festivals, Dickens on the Strand, takes place in December. And, of course, each spring the ever-popular Galveston Mardi Gras draws thousands to the island. Seeing live performances at the 1894 Grand Opera House or Island ETC is another popular way to pass time on the big island.
Galveston is also a sightseer’s dream, with the Historic Downtown District and landmark buildings such as the Bishop’s Palace sprinkled in among modern-day attractions such as Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn. There are also several top notch museums, like the Galveston Railroad Museum and Texas Seaport Museum. And, with the Island Trolley and horse-drawn carriages available to take you where you need to go, getting there is half the fun.
Of course, this is to say nothing of the world-class accommodations available at any number of hotels on Galveston Island. The Hotel Galvez and San Luis Resort are but two of the elegant, full-service hotels available to travelers. Moody Gardens Hotel is located right next to its famous namesake attraction, making it quite convenient for families with little ones. Romantic inns like the Mermaid and Dolphin are also available for couples looking for a quiet getaway.
And, finding that perfect place to dine won't be a challenge during your Galveston vacation. Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant has long been a favorite among tourists and locals alike. The Saltwater Grill offers fine seafood in an upscale environment.
So, no matter what your tastes or what time of year you plan on taking a vacation, a trip to Galveston Island is always a memorable one.