Galveston is a coastal town with rich history in the state of Texas. This town has Texas very first local post office, opera house, hospital, golf course and country club. Today, Galveston is home many historical buildings, mansions and art galleries and museums.There are many fantastic destinations in Galveston. Lone Star Flight Museum will fill any military, history or aircraft fanatic with excitement. In Moody Gardens you’re going to encounter a rainforest like adventure & theme park inside massive pyramids. If you still want more, get wet and wild at the prestigious Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. Let’s dig deep, here are our top 10 things to do in Galveston.
1. Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens, set on 156 acre, is the premier vacation destinations in Galveston. The garden includes Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, Golf Course, IMAX Theater, Visitor Center, Palm Beach, Galveston Island Convention Center and a Hotel. Annually Moody Gardens assembles hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights for the Festival of Lights.The Aquarium Pyramid contains aquatic life from 4 of the world’s seas, including penguins and seals. Discovery Pyramid is actually a place to learn the mysteries of technology. The Rainforest Pyramid stands 10 stories tall and offers displays featuring exotic flowers, amazing fish, butterflies, birds from various rainforest habitants.
Timings – Opened every day from 10am to 6pm.
2. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is one of the world’s top-five seaside parks. This multi-million dollar family location has 16 amusement rides over water, Ferris wheels, Midway Games, Roller Coasters, live music and present shops & restaurants.Rides features Pirate’s plunge, Bumper cars, a double-decker carousel, a 100 ft. high Ferris wheel, Texas Star Flyer – a 200 ft. over the ocean and for thrill seekers , a 100 ft. straight climb steel roller coaster. There are several ride passes that accommodate various needs of the consumers such as all day, single ride pass, family pass and child pass.
3. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Waterpark is a 26 acre paradise of exciting water park adventure. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island has numerous unique and creative rides. But, unlike any other water park in the world, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island offers outdoor fun in the summer and indoor water rides during the winter. The park features water slides, playgrounds, whitewater rapids, hot tubs, wave pools and the Boogie Bahn surf ride. This park also offers Transportainment river system that merges three rivers into one endless floating adventure.The Wasserfest area of Schlitterbahn Waterpark is chosen as the World’s Best Indoor Waterpark. The park offers dozens of heated attractions in a warm, tropical oasis featuring four enclosed tube slides, the Torrent Tidal Wave River, three speed slides, three water playgrounds and more.
Timings – Opened every day from 10am to 8pm.
4. Lone Star Flight Museum
The Lone Star Flight Museum is an aviation museum which is home to one of the greatest collections of restored airplanes in the world. If you are an aviation or history fanatic then this is a must visit destination. It has over 40 restored airplane and most are in working condition. The collection includes Bombers, WWII Fighters, Executive Planes and Liaison Trainers.The Museum host many air shows throughout the year and even provides visitor an opportunity to fly in some of them, offering the greatest aviation experience. It’s located very close to the Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
Timings – Opened every day from 9am to 5pm.
5. Grand 1894 Opera House
The Grand 1894 Opera House is the premier performing arts theater that has survived every hurricane and still hosts major national touring performances. It has an ornate Romanesque Revival structure and no seat is more than 70 feet from the performer. It is the official Opera House of the State of Texas and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.It offers art shows throughout the year filled with stars from stage, Broadway hits, music, comedy and much more. It’s a must visit place for a fan of music, history, architecture and design.
Timings – Opened from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
6. Bishops Palace
Bishop’s Palace is a Victorian Castle build in 1888 and is one of the oldest attractions and the most beautiful mansions in Galveston. It’s listed among one of the 100 most important buildings in America. Attorney Colonel Walter Gresham and his family used this residence and its current estimated worth is $5.5 million.It was constructed from limestone, granite and sandstone and has a very unique look to it from the outside.The beautiful interior woodwork can impress any visitor that passes through. It is the perfect example of the magnificence and luxury of the Victorian architecture.
Timings – Opened everyday from 10am to 5pm.
7. Moody Mansion Museum
The 28,000 square-foot, four-story Moody Mansion museum also knows as Willis-Moody Mansion Museum is a historical residential building in Galveston. It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. W.L. Moody, Jr family, one of Texas’s most affluent families, inhabited this mansion for 80 years before opening it for the public.The thirty-one room Romanesque mansion made of limestone, terra-cotta tile and red brick was completed in 1895. The visitors can expect to view the awesome collection of the Moody furniture, decorative arts and vast collection of silver pieces.
Timings – Timings: Opened everyday from 11am – 3pm.
8. Elissa Galveston
Tall Ship Elissa is one of Galveston’s most famous attractions. The 141-foot long ship was built-in 1877 and considered as one of the finest restored historical vessels in the America. It is now harbored in the Texas Seaport Museum. It’s recognized as the America’s Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.You can board Elissa, the Tall Ship of Texas, stroll on the deck of this floating landmark and experience the adventure of the seas. She is fully functional and sails annually during the sea trials. In the museum, you can watch a film about Elissa’s resume from the scrap yard and her magnificent restoration.
Timings – Opened every day from 10am to 5pm.
9. Seawolf Park
Seawolf Park is a memorial to the USS Seawolf Submarine which was mistakenly sunk by US Navy forces in the WWII. It features a three-story pavilion, the USS Cavalla (World War II submarine), the USS Steward destroyer escort ship, a Fishing Pier and a Playground.Seawolf Park is a must place to visit, if you have an interest in history or simply wants to have a relaxing day in stunning surroundings. The lighted fishing pier is most popular fishing destination in Galveston as it allows night-time fishing on the weekends.
Timings – Opened everyday from 9am – 5pm. Overnight stay for fishing only.
10. Galveston Island State Park
The Galveston Island State Park is a 2000 acre park on the west of the Galveston Island and welcomes 350,000 visitors annually. The park offers camping, hiking, cycling, bird watching, beach swimming, kayaking, surfing and fishing opportunities. It has various conservation areas which attracts wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and bird migration period.There are 120 campsites in the beach side and bay side area. Each site includes water, grills, electric hookups, picnic tables and restrooms. If you like overnight camping, stargazing, watching sunrise with family and friends then this is a must place in Galveston.
Timings – Opened everyday 24/7$5 for Parking
11. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum provides a unique opportunity to the visitors to climb abroad an actual off-shore drilling rig. The self-guided museum has 3 floors exhibiting equipment, models and interactive video displays. You can also visit the real drilling floor of the rig. It provides the visitors an hands-on experience about the life on a drilling rig.
Timings – Opened everyday from 10am to 5pm.