Galveston Island’s temperate weather and Gulf breezes make the historic beach town a must-visit destination less than an hour from Houston.
While the island’s 32 miles of beaches are an attractive amenity, Galveston’s historic architecture is equally popular. On Broadway Avenue, the castle-like Bishop's Palace draws crowds for daily tours. The mansion was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the most important buildings in the United States.
The Historic Strand District—located near the cruise ship terminal—is a great destination for shopping, dining and visiting museums and galleries. Today, guests perusing the area will still find the classic spots that have always contributed to Galveston’s long-time appeal, as well as a mix of new businesses.
A couple of blocks away, the Texas Seaport Museum and the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa are also popular attractions, as is The Grand 1894 Opera HOuse, which has survived a century of storms and been fully restored.
Along the seawall, visitors find another homage to the city’s past at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The boardwalk-style amusement park stands where the city’s original pleasure pier stood from 1943 until 1961, before being destroyed by Hurricane Carla. The pier includes 16 rides, games, retail shops and food venues.
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