Galveston Texas Things to Do

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Galveston Texas Things to Do

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If you are seeking a southern Texas vacation then perhaps Galveston, TX has just the right amount of culture, attractions and family fun for you!   Galveston Texas has so many fun things to do as it is centered on the Gulf Coast of Texas.  Galveston offers plenty of sun, surf and amazing attractions for you and the entire family. But, don’t mistake the abundance of family adventures as being only for those seeking family attraction because the city also offers plenty of cultural and historical experiences and thrill seeking options for you to explore and enjoy.

Galveston Texas Things to do  for Children & Families

There are some vacation spots whose attractions are not tailored to children, but thankfully Galveston is not one of them. The city hosts plenty of activities and fun things to do in Galveston to keep children of all ages occupied, including:

  • Moody Gardens– This multi-complex destination includes numerous attractions, hotel and golf course. There is an Aquarium Pyramid with more than 100, 000 square feet of exhibit space featuring 2 million gallons of water which is home to marine animals from the Caribbean, South Pacific, South Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans, There is also the Rainforest Pyramid which is home to 10,000 species of tropical plants from the rainforests throughout the world. There is a white sand beach, Palm Beach with is an adventure aquatic playground and an IMAX 3-D and a 4D Special FX Theater. Visitors can spend days exploring Moody Gardens and enjoying every minute of the experience.
  • Schlitterbanhn Waterpark– A visit to this fun water park, allow your children can swim and play on rides all day. The park even allows you to bring in outside food, so packing a lunch for the family can be a great way to save money and bring the family together.
  • Texas Seaport Museum– This museum showcases what life was like on a 19th century tall ship, the Elissa built in 1877 in Scotland.
  • Galveston Island Beach – Galveston Island Beach consists of 32 miles of white sand beach where you and your family can enjoy the waves, go shelling, and see plenty of amusements along the route.
  • Galveston Railroad Museum– showcases more than 35 vintage railroad cars and steam engines. Here one can see an HO working model replica of the Port of Galveston. What kid does not love model trains?
  • Pier 21 Theatre– The Pier 21 Theater features two theatrical presentations: The Great Storm and The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte. The Great Stormis a 27-minute, powerful, multimedia documentary of the greatest disaster in Galveston history, the 1900 hurricane in which an estimated 6,000 people lost their lives. Don’t leave Galveston without seeing this show! The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte asks was the famous islander a pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Merciless murderer and thief, or hero in time of war? These are the contradictions of the legendary Jean Laffite, and the premise of this 18-minute film directed by C. Grant Mitchell.
  • Fort Crockett– Built in 1897 as a primary artillery defense installation Fort Crockett is now used by Galveston College, Texas A&M and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The fort itself was closed in 1947 but massive coastal artillery bunkers can still be seen. The site is located on Seawall Boulevard between 45th and 53rd Streets.
  • Texas Heroes Monument-Located at the intersection of 25th Street and Broadway this statue was a gift to the state by Galveston philanthropist Henry Rosenberg. Erected in 1900, it stands at 74 feet high and 34 feet square and commemorates the achievements of the men and women of Texas.
  • Port of Galveston– The Port of Galveston was the first major port in Texas and served as a commercial link for the Texas Republic with the rest of the world. It is the only port in the United States where all facilities are coordinated under one management and the only major U.S. port not supported by public funds. There are numerous restaurants, fish markets and boat docks located along the port.
  • Trolley Cars– Nostalgic trolley cars connect the bech at Seawall to the historic Stand/Bay area. Replica 1900 vintage cars glide the 4.5 mile route .
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier…This over the Gulf Amusement Park features 16 thrill rides, midway games and live entertainment, all poised above the water.  Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., the perfect lunch or dinner spot, is right next to pier.
  • Seawolf Park…This park is home the American Undersea Warfare Center,  The WW II era USS Cavalla submarine along with the USS Stewart, which once escorted President Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, are berthed right off shore. The park also offers picnic sites, a playground and a light fishing pier.
  • Galveston Island State Park…This 2000 acre park features an astonishing array of biodiversity, plus four miles of multi use trails for hiking, mountain biking, camping, barbecue pits and nearby boat ramp.

Galveston Texas Things to Do  for Couples

If you are planning a relaxing and romantic weekend with your significant other, there are so many things to do in Galveston to keep the romance and togetherness going strong.

  • Historic Homes – You and your partner can take a romantic look at Greek revival, Victorian and Italian style homes of the most prominent early citizens of Galveston. Notice the elaborate detail, paintings and décor of this once small seaport.
  • Galveston Island State Park- If you are an outdoorsy couple then perhaps a hike through the Galveston Island State Park is in order. Located within the park there are several hiking trails which one through a beautiful variety of gulf coast habitats especially and sunrise and sunset.
  • Galveston Harbor Tours– Take a romantic harbor cruises on the M/V Seagull and see a close up look of the Port of Galveston, the waterfront and its marine life.
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Tours– For an evening on the town enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the historic Strand District, a 36 block area filled with historic homes, restaurants, gas lights and art galleries District and imagine what life might have been like back in the 19th century.

Galveston Cuisine

Because there are several cultural cooking techniques and influences within the city, you can be certain that the food is an attraction in itself. In Galveston one will find outstanding seafood choices. You will find Texas style steakhouses, where the food is classic roadhouse style. There are Mexican and Creole restaurants that bring little bit of the country to the south to life, or there are American restaurants that claim to offer the best burgers in the city.

Whether you are visiting Galveston for the first time or live in the area, there are plenty of reasons for you to plan a vacation in the city.  The city offers plenty of arts and cultural venues, along with long sandy beaches, museums and free things to do in Galveston. See you there!

Nearby attractions include Houston, Bay Area Houston, Kemah, Santa Fe and La Marque.

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