We are thrilled you have decided to explore Galveston Island. It’s said that once you cross the causeway from the Texas mainland, you instantly relax and your internal clock resets to island time.
We hope you experience this “causeway cure” where flip-flops replace dress shoes and the scenery is like postcards from a bygone era.
Known for its historic architecture and sparkling Gulf waters, Galveston Island is a fascinating place. It was called the “Playground of the South” when it was a booming business hub and elite tourist destination throughout the late 1800s. Since the Great Storm of 1900, the island has rebuilt but preserved much of its original character.
Today, Galveston is Texas’s most visited beach destination. The island is small but full of big surprises, from its culinary gems to its fun family attractions and thriving arts scene that combine a laid-back beach town atmosphere with the culture of a world-class city.
While modern amenities abound, a Galveston visit isn’t complete without exploring our rich history. Tour a Victorian mansion. Walk through our charming historic downtown district, once considered the “Wall Street of the South.” Go back in time to some of history’s most exciting adventures.
We encourage you to take in all that makes our city great. We’re confident that, using this website and these planning tools as a road map, you’ll grow to love this island as much as we do.