Island Attractions

Galveston Downtown Attractions

Start near the corner of 25th and Strand directly across from the Galveston Island Railroad Museum, one of the nation’s most popular rail museums. Take about 30-45 minutes to enjoy all the fascinating displays.

Back on The Strand, take some time to enjoy the variety of shops in the district’s beautiful historic buildings, many of which survived the 1900 Storm, regarded as the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

For a taste of Galveston, visit the great restaurants along The Strand or on the waterfront. Find everything from Greek and Mexican to Italian and, of course, fresh Gulf Coast seafood.

2100 Strand
Downtown Galveston
Galveston, TX 77550

The south Texas port of Galveston, combines the magic of New Orleans, the real life charm of Disney’s Main St., USA, and the sophistication of Soho to form one of the country’s most enjoyable vacation destinations. And all of it can be best experienced – how else – but through the uniquely revealing lens of the Fantastic Galveston Race®. If you find yourself anywhere near Houston, embarking on or returning from a cruise, vacationing in town, or you’re a Galveston local wanting to experience the city in a completely new light, saddle up, and play the Fantastic Galveston Race – one of the best things to do in Galveston!

fantasticrace@gmail.com
Phone: (409) 789-1305

Saengerfest Park is known for having a large, playable chess set, a large compass which can be used as a seat, wooden benches, an old-fashioned London-style phone booth, and a stage used for movie and music nights throughout the year. The park also hosts a number of events associated with Island festivals, including Dickens on The Strand, Mardi Gras! Galveston, and more.

2302 Strand
Galveston, TX 77550

Experience Island Carriages’ Victorian Excursion, a tour of Galveston’s East End Historical District.  Towering pillars, shadowed silhouettes of ornate carvings, a splash of stained glass in a window, wide welcoming porches, a hit of wrought iron fencing, all reminders of Galveston’s “Gilded Age.”

2528 Postoffice St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)765-6951

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. After Laffite left Louisiana he made Galveston his base of operations from 1817 to 1821. According to pirate folklore, he built a bright red mansion called the “Maison Rouge” which he later burned to the ground along with most of his entire encampment when he was ordered to vacate the island by the United States Navy.

2313 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)762-6677

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!

2602 Santa Fe Place
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)765-5700

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.

2200 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-1877

Action and Thrill Seeking

Whether you are looking to blast out of the water to over 37 feet in the air, swim like a dolphin, or just cross flyboard off your bucket list, Extreme Water Sports has you covered!

Experience the flyboard at Extreme Water Sports in the bay waters of Galveston Island. They offer several levels of flight training, introductory flights, as well as sales and service.

1723 61st Street
Phone: (409)539-3455

Sunset Tour:
This is the great way to end a day at the beach. For 30 minutes, you’ll get a dramatic tour of the entire Galveston Island with a perfect sunset to end the day . A great anniversary gift, birthday present, or a unique opportunity to “POP” the question!

201 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)750-1699

Haunted Mayfield Manor is the home of Dr. Horace Mayfield, once a respected doctor, upcoming community leader, and son of a prominent physician in Galveston.

During the great Hurricane of 1900, Dr. Mayfield – who was engaged to be married prior to the storm – lost his bride, the lovely blonde Sara Stone. He also lost his parents, including his mother – the bedridden Lenora Mayfield – and his father, Dr. Horatio Mayfield. Most importantly to the young Dr. Horace Mayfield, all his research documentation was also lost in the great storm.

2313 Harborside Dr
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)762-6677

Jet Boat SPINTIME
The entire family will enjoy the thrill and excitement of right angle turns, accelerated speeds, and “The Hamilton Spin”, a maneuver that spins the boat 360° on its axis throwing a head high wall of water into the air.

100 21st Street
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)276-6116

Whether you’re overcoming a fear, or crossing an item off of your “bucket list”, skydiving is a major life experience and Skydive Galveston wants to make sure that every moment exceeds your expectations.

If you’re looking for a life-changing experience while visiting Galveston Island, look no further! At Skydive Galveston they’re all about living the dream and sharing it with others. Their instructors are military veterans with years of experience and thousands of jumps behind them.

9020 Stewart Rd
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409)420-6231

Water Sports

Whether you are looking to blast out of the water to over 37 feet in the air, swim like a dolphin, or just cross flyboard off your bucket list, Extreme Water Sports has you covered!

Experience the flyboard at Extreme Water Sports in the bay waters of Galveston Island. They offer several levels of flight training, introductory flights, as well as sales and service.

1723 61st Street
Phone: (409)539-3455

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is not only an excellent and thrilling destination for summer fun; it also opens early for Spring Break and stays open late through December. How do they do it? Convertible technology! The Wasserfest area of Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, voted the World’s Best Indoor Waterpark, transforms to create an indoor waterpark retreat for guests all-year-long.

2026 Lockheed Dr.
Phone: (409)770-WAVE

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is not only an excellent and thrilling destination for summer fun; it also opens early for Spring Break and stays open late through December. How do they do it? Convertible technology! The Wasserfest area of Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, voted the World’s Best Indoor Waterpark, transforms to create an indoor waterpark retreat for guests all-year-long.

7509 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77554

SUP Gulf Coast wants to introduce the world’s fastest growing sport, stand up paddle boarding!

They currently offer stand up paddle board rentals in Galveston at two locations a well as mobile delivery. Millions of people have taken up the sport as it provides a great opportunity to enjoy the water, get a great workout and relax all at the same time. No experience is required to rent and operate a paddle board. They have paddle boards that will accommodate all levels, from beginners looking for a relaxing stroll on a bayou to the avid paddle boarder looking to catch some waves on the coast. They provide a brief, but thorough instruction with each rental.

29th & Seawall Blvd.
Phone: (409)692-8629

Discover myriad bird and fish species as you glide along the water’s surface. Take a break from exploring marshes, seagrass beds, and rookery islands to create a plein-air watercolor painting of this special ecosystem. We bring all of the art supplies and we provide a short demonstration of watercolor techniques.

2627 Avenue O
Phone: (409)770-0722
Phone: (409)744-8365

Fishing

Galveston charter fishing with a personal touch. A great fishing trip is our goal. Fishing the waters off of Galveston, Texas since 1976

715 N. Holiday Dr.
Phone: (713)302-0607

The Galveston Fishing Pier has been a local favorite fishing spot on the island since 1971. We have seen many faces, and the children of those faces, and the children of THOSE faces. We have watched those children grow into prize winning anglers right here on our pier. Although we have been called by many names (90th St Pier, 91st St Pier, Gulf Coast Fishing Pier,) we have always been and will continue to be THE Galveston Fishing Pier. New anglers have no fear!! We are always looking to bring in new Pier Fam! Talk to pier staff about our Pier Guide Service and we will teach you everything you need to know!

9001 Seawall Blvd.
Phone: (409)789-3474

We are the innovators and original operators of catamaran fishing vessels in Galveston, Texas. Everything from rod, reel and bait to electronic radar equipment are designed to help make your fishing day a success.Our Galveston Party Boats crews are courteous and alert…standing by to help the novice or old pro to a better catch. Our boat captains will be sharing half a century of gulf prize fishing experience with you, experience that counts when you want to take home a prize catch!

2000 Harborside Dr. and Wharf Road
Galveston Phone: (409)763-5423

The Galveston Yacht Basin has been the center of boating on the Gulf Coast for over 40 years.  Their friendly staff is highly motivated to make your experience at GYB flawless and memorable.  Their located just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico right off the Galveston Ship Channel at a location which no other marina can offer.  Conveniently positioned within the heart of Galveston Island beaches and Historical Downtown Galveston, the Galveston Yacht Basin is within minutes of beaches, shopping, nightlife, dining, attractions and more!  Their convenient location and surrounding amenities provide everyone the opportunity to enjoy their time both on and off of the island.

715 N. Holiday Drive
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)765-3000

Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, Texas, the 61st St. Pier offers fun for everyone. They welcome fisherman and families. You may bring your own rods and bait or rent or purchase supplies in their bait and tackle shop. Their emphasis is on remaining a family oriented pier.

In addition, they have a viewing deck for those who just want to observe and enjoy the view and actions of the fishermen. Snacks, soft drinks, beer, and margaritas are offered.

6101 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)744-8365

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