Welcome to Galveston Island, the Playground of the South!
If you’re looking for the perfect spot for your next vacation, you’ve come to the right place! Visitors to Galveston will find a refreshing mixture of nature and culture, ranging from the most casual walk on the beach to the up-tempo beat of the downtown nightlife and everything in between. With its friendly community of locals and its sub-tropical weather, the island has become a favored home-away-from-home for tourists from around the world.
Being less than hour south of downtown Houston, Galveston Island is Texas’ friendliest and most accessible portal to the ocean. There are over thirty miles of open beach, where during the summer you will find people from all walks of life—relaxing, swimming, playing. And even outside of summer, Galveston’s sub-tropical weather makes any time of year a good time for relaxing on the shore.
And once you’ve had enough of the beach, you can fill your days and nights with whatever combination you desire of sight-seeing, shopping, fine dining, or simple relaxation and people-watching. It’s all good and it’s all rewarding. As one of the oldest cities in Texas, Galveston is perfect for lovers of history and culture. Some of the oldest buildings in Texas are here—including many survivors of the 1900 Storm, which can be found throughout the Galveston Historic District, one of the liveliest and most charming areas of the island. The Historic District includes museums, art galleries, tree sculptures, and the Strand—more than enough to fill your schedule!
Lovers of nature will be no less thrilled by all that Galveston has to offer! As a barrier island, it features a diverse and fascinating eco-system which attracts countless adventurers every year. Hiking, birding, wading, kayaking, fishing, horticulture—it’s all here and waiting for you!
If you’re looking for a special occasion around which to plan your vacation, Galveston has an exciting schedule of annual events which you won’t want to miss! Mardi Gras, Lone Star Biker Rally, Dickens on the Strand, FeatherFest, Yaga’s Wild Game Cook-Off, Chili-Fest—these are just a few of the reasons people from all over the world keep coming back to the island. And that’s not to mention the frequent Art Walks, Craft Markets, Farmers’ Markets, outdoor concerts and movies, and much more.
When it comes to reasons to visit Galveston, this is just the tip of the iceberg. For more information and details, check out our collection of articles on specific features of the island and its community. And if you have any questions, just ask us! We’ll be glad to help.
We want your trip to Galveston to be the best it can possibly be. This is our home and we want to share it with you—there’s no better place to come and relax and enjoy yourself.
So come and see us!