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Galveston, Texas
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The City of Galveston is an island in Southeast Texas and is one of the largest ports in the United States. Located about 50 miles from Houston, Texas, the 32 mile long island is only 2 miles from the mainland. It is home to six historic districts containing one of the largest and historically significant collections of 19th-century buildings in the country, with over 60 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Things to Do

Iconic Neighborhoods

  • The Historic Strand Seaport Area- Home of Pier 21, and within walking distance of the Cruise Ship Terminal, grab a bite to eat, go on a boat tour, or explore the rich history of Galveston at one of the many museums in the area.
  • Downtown– Close to the Cruise Ship Terminal, Galveston's historic downtown district is the perfect place to explore prior to or following a cruise. The downtown area offers an unique selection of shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums within a walkable distance.


Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21
Address: No 28 Pier 21, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-3321
0.3 miles from Cruise Terminal

The Tremont House
Address: 2300 Ship Mechanic Row St, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-0300
0.3 miles from Cruise Terminal


  • Take a private or self guided tour through Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop’s Palace. It is full of stained glass windows, rare woods, intricately carved ornaments, luxury furnishings and impressive fireplaces from around the world.
  • Catch a show at The Grand 1894 Opera House, one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Visit one of the oldest public libraries in Texas that has had continuous operation, The Rosenberg Library.

Family Friendly

  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark features more than 30 attractions for the whole family, including the world’s tallest water coaster, nearly 82 feet high. 70,000 square feet of the 26 acre water park is indoors so you can keep cool during the summer heat.
  • Galveston Island Pleasure Pier has family-oriented rides, carnival games, restaurants and shopping.
  • Family members of all ages will love the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA.
  • Moody Gardens is a fun a educational destination. They feature 3 main pyramids attractions: Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery. Other major attractions are 3D and 4D theaters, paddlewheel cruise boat, zip lines and ropes course.


A short drive from Galveston, Houston has plenty of professional sports teams that are fun for the whole family!

Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park: 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston Texans
NRG Stadium: 1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

Houston Rockets
Toyota Center: 1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston Dynamo
BBVA Compass Stadium: 2200 Texas St, Houston, TX 77003

Driving Directions

Port of Galveston
Texas Cruise Ship Terminal
Pier #25
2502 Harborside Drive
Galveston, Texas 77550

Cruise Parking:
150 25th Street
Galveston, TX 77550

Multi-leveled parking garage is a short walk across the street to the cruise terminals.

Driving Directions From Houston, TX (IAH) Bush Airport to the Port of Galveston, TX

  • Start going toward the AIRPORT EXIT on TERMINAL RD S - go < 0.1 mi
  • Take Left ramp onto BELTWAY 8 toward US-59 - go 3.4 mi
  • Take ramp onto BELTWAY 8 - go 12.9 mi
  • Take Left ramp onto BELTWAY 8 toward BELTWAY 8 SOUTH - go 7.6 mi
  • BELTWAY 8 becomes E SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY S - go 8.3 mi
  • Take the I-45 exit toward GALVESTON - go 33.2 mi
  • I-45 SOUTH becomes AVENUE J - go 2.6 mi
  • Turn Left on 25TH ST - go 0.6 mi
  • Turn Right on AVENUE A - go 0.6 mi
  • Continue about 4.7 miles to Kempner/22 Street (which is the street leading into the Cruise Ship Terminal entrance) and turn left.

Driving Directions From Houston, TX (HOU) Hobby Airport to the Port of Galveston, TX

  • Start going toward the AIRPORT EXIT on Hobby Airport Loop - go 0.2 mi
  • Turn Left on Ramp - go 0.2 mi
  • Bear Right on Airport Blvd - go 1.6 mi
  • Continue on Ramp - go less than 0.1 mi
  • Continue on Gulf Fwy - go 0.5 mi
  • Take Left ramp onto I-45 - go 36.2 mi
  • Continue on Broadway St[TX-87] - go 0.7 mi
  • Turn Left on 51st St - go 0.4 mi
  • 51st St becomes Pelican Island Cswy - go 0.1 mi
  • Turn Right on Water St - go 2.5 mi
  • Continue about 4.7 miles to Kempner/22 Street (which is the street leading into the Cruise Ship Terminal entrance) and turn left.


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