Situated on one of the seven barrier islands on the Texas Gulf Coast, Galveston is a resort city characterised by an unmatched trinity of golden beaches, historic districts and eclectic galleries.
This American city offers a historical treasure trove waiting to be explored. You can admire the intricate carvings, stained-glass windows and impressive interiors of the Victorian-style Bishop’s Palace. To get a peek into the life of an influential Texan family, visit the Moody Mansion – a 20-room residential building – a notable example of Romanesque architecture. A good way to add a historical touch to your trip to Galveston is to stay at the century-old Galvez Hotel, a beachfront heritage property.
There’s no dearth of things to do in Galveston, right from discovering tropical plants and wildlife residing in the massive glass pyramids at Moody Gardens or spotting colourful native birds at the East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve. For some waterfront fun, head to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, a sprawling amusement park. You can also time your visit around Mardi Gras to witness the parades and festivities.
The 50-km shoreline of Galveston gives travellers and locals plenty of opportunities to soak up some sun in the company of swaying palm trees and salty sea breeze. You can sip on a refreshing drink or play some volleyball at the lively East Beach or get serenaded by the waves as you relax in the shade of a parasol at Stewart Beach.