Island Attractions- Attractions
A-Z Fun Person Transportation for Island Exploration
Surreys and Bike Rentals:
- Island Bicycle Company-409-762-2453
- Bargain Beachware- 409-762-6334
- Island Carriages- 409-765-6951
- Seahorse & Classical Carriages- 409-935-3312
Horse Back Riding:
- Galveston Island Horse & Pony Rides- 409-256-0663
- SegCity- 409-762-2255
Boat and Kayak Rentals:
- Caribbean Breeze- 409-740-0400
- GCWS Beach Service-409-539-8751
- Celebrity Jet Ski Rentals-832-208-1863
- Artist Boat-409-770-0722
- K6 Island Sports-409-737-2256
- Rick’s Beach Rentals-409-632-0256
- Coastal Cruizers Custom Carts-409-974-4301
Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier–
Pleasure Pier is one of the few spots in the world that has this many rides over the water! You’ll be flying over guests on the Pier, soaring over the
Gulf of Mexico and anticipating your next ride!
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Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark has grown to become a family tradition. Pack a picnic and join us as we celebrate 10 years of water, fun, and family! Longer rides, more thrilling slides, free parking, and free tubes are just some of the reasons to make a visit to Schlitterbahn Galveston a tradition for your family too.
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W.L Moody Jr. bought the home from the heirs of the original owners soon after the great hurricane of 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Moody and their four children celebrated the first of more than eighty Christmas seasons in the house in December of that year.
The house remained home for Moody family members until 1986. Today, its rooms are filled with the furnishings and personal effects of the family.
Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham and designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier architect, this Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892.
The Trube Castle, one of the most distinctive and architecturally significant buildings in Texas, as of October 1, 2007, is now available to you. Unlike many other historic sites the Trube Castle is not a museum. It is a vibrant building ready for celebration and special occasions. The castle is warm intimate venue for making history of your own.
Built by James M. Brown, in 1859, Ashton Villa was the first of many. Not only was it the first house to ever be built on Broadway Boulevard, it was the first mansion to be built on the island and one of the first private brick residences in Galveston.
Mr. Brown came to Galveston in 1843. At that time, Galveston was the only natural deep water port on the Gulf of Mexico and a very prosperous town, for her time. All construction materials were being shipped in, used as ballast, and off loaded at the harbor. Mr. Brown saw an opportunity and opened the first hardware store on the island in 1847. By 1859, he was the third wealthiest man in Galveston and the fifth wealthiest man in Texas.
In February 1876, a group of German businessmen organized the Galveston Garten Verein (“garden club”) as a social club for family and friends. Only Germans or German speakers could hold stock in the club, but others could petition for membership. The group purchased the five-acre homestead of Robert Mills, a prominent Galveston businessman, and laid out the property as a park, with a clubhouse (Mills’ former home), lawns, gardens and walkways, bowling alleys, tennis courts, croquet grounds, playgrounds and a dancing pavilion.
One of the founders of the City of Galveston, Michel B. Menard arrived in Texas in 1829. He was born near Montreal in 1805 and entered the fur trading company of John Jacob Astor at the age of 14. Menard arrived in Nacogdoches in the 1830s and began speculating in Texas land. Because land was only granted to Mexican-born Texans at that time, many of Menard’s land deals were made by Juan Seguin, a Mexican citizen who eventually fought under Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. Seguin purchased 4,600 acres at the eastern end of Galveston Island on behalf of Menard in December 1836. With this claim, Menard formed the Galveston City Company with Samuel May Williams and other prominent Texas businessmen in 1838. Galveston was incorporated a year later.
The oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston, St. Joseph’s was built by German immigrants in 1859-60. Bishop John Odin, the first Catholic bishop of Texas, recommended a church be built for the German-speaking Catholics of the growing city. The church was dedicated in April 1860, to St. Joseph, the patron saint of laborers.
This elegant Greek Revival public building is thought to be the first building in Galveston designed by an architect. Building crews rushed to finish the building before Texas seceded from the Union, completing construction in a record four and a half months. It probably withstood shelling during the Battle of Galveston, and was the site of a “bread riot,” when wives of absent Confederate soldiers stormed the building demanding flour. Union troops raised a flag of victory over the Custom House three days before the war officially ended.
Galveston Children’s Museum
The Galveston Children’s Museum is an Island resource that attracts families and serves the community supports all areas of education offers self-directed activities promoting science, literacy, math, and the arts showcases dynamic exhibits targeting a primary focus group of children ages 2-10 conducts special programming for children of all ages
The park is located on Pelican Island and home to tourist attractions, including the WWII submarine the USS Cavalla and one of only three destroyer escorts in the world, the USS Stewart. The remains of the tanker S.S. Selma, the largest concrete ship constructed, can be seen northwest of the park’s fishing pier.
Lonestar Flight Museum
The Lone Star Flight Museum is home to one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation. Over 40 restored aircraft are displayed and most are in working condition. The collection includes WWII Fighters, Bombers, Liaison Trainers, and Executive Planes.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig which now serves as a museum and educational facility. From geological exploration, to drilling, to oil and gas production, you will see offshore drilling equipment, exhibits and videos on three levels of this refurbished offshore drilling rig.
The Rosenberg Library, successor to the Galveston Mercantile Library which was founded in 1871, is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation.
The Bryan Museum
The Bryan Museum offers visitors the opportunity for an unforgettable experience by opening a gateway to the rich cultural history of the Southwestern United States. The museum is committed to the preservation, education, and promotion of the history and art of the American Southwest through engaging exhibitions and programming.
Galveston Railroad Museum
Towering at the head of the Strand, the vast Railroad Museum boasts one of the largest restored railroad collections in the southwest, and one of the five largest in the country, with numerous railroad memorabilia and exhibits, including more than 40 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock. South East Texas’ most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone!
Texas Seaport Museum
Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum also tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Look for ancestors with a one-of-a-kind computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, “‘The Ellis Island of the West”‘. Join the Museum’s staff and volunteers as they bring the past to life through special exhibits and educational programs.
Pirates! Legend of the Gulf Coast
PIRATES! is a pirate-themed family experience where visitors can learn about the legends, myths and stories of the last buccaneers. The interactive entertainment venue features the deck of a pirate ship, a captain’s cabin and actors portraying the notorious Jean Laffite and his brother Pierre, as well as the life that all pirates led.
Galveston County Museum
The Galveston County Museum is coming soon to 722 Moody Avenue in Galveston. The museum will be inside the building that was once home to the Galveston Civil Courthouse. The building is still used for several county offices. The Museum will feature exhibits from around the area and will even host traveling exhibits for periods of time. The Museum is sure to be a destination as soon as it opens and we’re sure you’ll want to visit time and time again.
LEARN about the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum® or IMMERSE yourself at the MG 3D Theater and 4D Theater. Go on an adventure with your favorite Bikini Bottomites during our SpongeBob SubPants Adventure.
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