Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
25th & Seawall
An over-the-water family friendly amusement park.
Moody Gardens Attractions
One Hope Boulevard | 409-744-4673
Sitting on 242 lush acres, Moody Gardens features a 10-story glass Rainforest Pyramid, IMAX 3-D Theatre, Discovery Pyramid (designed in conjunction with NASA), Ridefilm Theatre, the breathtaking Aquarium Pyramid, Palm Beach and the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat featuring dinner cruises. You may also want to check out the Moody Gardens Golf Course.
Postoffice Street Arts Entertainment District
21st & Postoffice Street
Besides the growing number of residential lofts, the area includes Gallery Row with over 20 galleries of sculpture, photography and fine arts. The street is a must for shopping, unrivaled for the number and quality of antique and collectible stores as well as boutiques, gift stores, restaurants and nightlife.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
2026 Lockheed Drive | 409-740-3003
The new Surfenburg area offers 16 water attractions, including uphill water coasters, a wave lagoon, three beaches, body slides, the Tiki Tikes kids’ area and Boogie Bahn surf ride. Wasserfest, the world’s first convertible waterpark area, offers more than a dozen heated water attractions for year-round enjoyment. For your convenience, The San Luis Resort offers complimentary shuttle service.
Pelican Island via Seawolf Parkway (51st Street)
Once an immigrant quarantine station, the park is now a relaxing tropical oasis situated at the entrance to Galveston Harbor. On display and open for tours are the WWII submarine CAVALLA, destroyer escort U.S.S. STEWART and other military hardware. Playgrounds, concessions and a fishing pier round out the pleasures of Seawolf Park.
The Strand Historic District
Between 20th & 25th Streets on The Strand
The Strand was the heart of Galveston in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Fine architects designed both the mansions along Broadway and the buildings in The Strand area in styles inspired by the golden ages of the Greeks and the Victorians.
The Strand is also the center of Mardi Gras celebrations, Dickens on the Strand festivities and as well as antiques, shopping and art galleries.
Galveston County Historical Museum
25th Street and Strand (Shearn-Moody Plaza) | 409-766-2340
This museum is located in the 1919 City National Bank Building and includes exhibits on the 1900 Storm, Native Americans during the time that Cabeza de Vaca occupied the Island in 1528, and the Galveston architecture of Nicholas Clayton. Unique features include a lighthouse lens and actual footage from the 1900 Storm taken by Thomas Edison’s assistant.
The Ocean Star
20th Street & Harborside Dr. (at Pier 19) | 409-766-7827
Visitors can step on board and tour the completely refurbished jackup. Three decks feature exhibits on offshore drilling and production, marine transportation, environmental protections, construction and pipelining. Sponsored by the Offshore Energy Center.
Texas Aviation Hall of Fame
Home of the Lone Star Flight Museum
2002 Terminal Drive | 409-740-7722
This 22,000-square-foot building houses exhibits and artifacts that document the rich aviation history of Texas. The Lone Star Flight Museum received the designation as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame from the 73rd Texas Legislature.
Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship “Elissa”
21st & Harborside Dr. (Pier 21) | 409-763-1877
Explore the decks of this National Historic Landmark and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world’s oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of Elissa’s dramatic rescue from the scrap yard and her meticulous restoration by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Admission: $6.00 for adults; $4.00 for seniors and children. Hours: 10am-5pm daily.
The Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Postoffice Street | 409-765-1894
A year-round performing arts theatre. The theatre has been magnificently restored and is ranked among the nation’s finest historical restorations.
The Opera House is designated as the official Opera House of the State of Texas by the 73rd Legislature. The theatre is also open for self-guided tours daily.
The Great Storm
21st & Harborside Dr. (Pier 21), Second Floor | 409-763-8808
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. are every hour on the hour, Sunday -Thursday 11am-6pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-8pm. Adults: $3.50; students age 7-18: $2.50; children 6 and under are free.