TOP ATTRACTIONS

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It wouldn’t be a full trip to Galveston without a visit to one or more of the Gulf Coast’s most notable attractions. Also check out the Galveston.VIP digital island guide.

 

Amusements

Ferry Ride to Bolivar Peninsula - Free boat ride to view tankers, barges and dolphins

The Galveston Experience - ghost and history tours

The Grand 1894 Opera House - theater, concert and comedy venue

Moody Gardens - aquarium, rainforest pyramid, movies, water park, paddlewheel boat

Pleasure Pier - thrilling rides and carnival amusements

Schlitterbahn - fun-filled water park

 

Museums

Bryan Museum - history of Texas and the American West

Galveston Naval Museum - submarine and military ship tours

Galveston Railroad Museum - rail yard and train ride

Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum - located on an actual retired jack-up drilling rig

 

Architecture

Ashton Villa - beloved Victorian residence

Bishop’s Palace - one of Galveston Island’s most visited historic attractions

Menard House - Galveston’s oldest residence

Moody Mansion - a four-story Galveston historic home built in 1895 

 

History

1877 Tall Ship Elissa - one of only three ships of her kind that still actively sails

1903 Firehouse No. 3 - first firehouse in Galveston to integrate with black firemen

Maison Rouge - remains of home to the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte

The Strand - a shopping and dining historical district

Tree Sculptures - a creative solution to damaging saltwater from Hurricane Ike in 2008