Only 50 miles south of Houston, the resort city of Galveston brings the splendor of the Gulf Coast to those aching to find a respite from the big cities of Texas. Aside from enjoying the beaches, you can explore the city’s historic section and find yourself shopping inside Victorian-era buildings! The variety of recreational activities gives Galveston visitors their year-round ticket to a unique Texan leisure experience.
Gulf Coast sandy playgrounds
Galveston beaches run a 32 mile-long stretch of the Gulf Coast, which means you’ll get uninhibited access to plenty of options for lazing around the sandy coastline. Port of Galveston has become a busy hub for cruise liners, also allowing more tourists to discover the many pleasures to be had in this Texan city during their stop. You can join the boat tours from Galveston Island Ferry to see more features of Galveston. The most glittering aspect of the city, however, involves three pastel-colored glass pyramids lit up during the night. Within the vast Moody Gardens entertainment complex, families will enjoy interactive museums, water slides, state-of-the-art cinema and aquariums.
A visit to Galveston won’t be complete without seeing more if its wondrous attractions. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is yet another mammoth amusement center boasting waterpark facilities that can accommodate your family anytime of the year! The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum explores the production of gas and oil offshore, which can be quite educational for children too. Grab a picnic basket and enjoy the scenic sights at Seawolf Park that also includes exhibitions related to World War II.
Shopping at the Strand
On a less exhilarating but still exciting note, taking a ride to the historic shopping district may seem like traveling back in time. You’ll find elegant Victorian-era buildings housing shops and boutiques along the streets of The Strand. Horse-driven carriages can be taken to fully indulge in the charming atmosphere of the area. If you’re interested to find more historic buildings, the stately mansions in Galveston like Ashton Villa, Michel B. Menard, Custom House, Garten Verein and Samuel May Williams should be included in the itinerary.