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
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.
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!