Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Galveston

Bishop's Palace

Built between 1886 and 1893, this ornate stone mansion has hidden back stairs, false-lit stained glass and other fun features. It was constructed by the affluent entrepreneurial Gresham family, though the more collo…
Area in Galveston

East End Historic District

Bordering the Strand, the residential East End Historic District has scores of pretty old houses, from simple cottages to Greek Revival mansions, some of which are often featured on the annual Historic Homes Tour. A…
Museum in Galveston

Bryan Museum

Housed in the 1895 Galveston Orphans' Home, this excellent museum displays a portion of the Bryan family's collection of historical documents and artifacts covering a range of Texas and Galveston history. After your…
Area in Galveston

Strand Historical District

Stroll the historic Strand District to get an appreciation of the city's glory days in the late 19th century. The commercial horse-drawn carriages clip-clop over historic trolley tracks and past elaborate brick faca…
Nature Reserve in Galveston

East End Lagoon

The last stretch of untouched coastal prairie on Galveston's East End, this 684-acre tract has been set aside for conservation purposes and is open to visitors. Bird-watching and fishing are popular, and if it isn't…
Beach in Galveston

East Beach

Also called Apffel Park, this vast expanse of hard-packed sand is at the very far northeastern end of the island. On summer weekends, it hosts live concerts and becomes one vast outdoor party (large signs proclaim '…
Museum in Galveston

Texas Seaport Museum & Tall Ship Elissa

This vast museum explains every facet of life around Galveston's port during its heyday in the 19th century. Outside, clamber aboard to tour the Elissa, a beautiful 1877 Scottish three-masted barque that is still se…
Historic Building in Galveston

Moody Mansion & Museum

One of the grandest on the island, this home dating from 1895 still shines with the splendor of Galveston's heyday as an American boomtown. Self-guided audio tours take in 20 rooms of original family furnishings thr…
Historic Building in Galveston

Frost Bank

This 1874 bank building has undergone several name changes over the years, and the name on the marquee still belongs to the 1923 'United States National Bank,' but since 2000 the name on the front has belonged to lo…
Beach in Galveston

Galveston County Beach Pocket Parks

Several long stretches of beach run by the county are found southwest of town off San Luis Pass Rd (the continuation of Seawall Blvd). Pocket Park 1, the first on the way south, is an undeveloped stretch of sand. Po…