Galveston, Texas, United States

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Galveston, Texas, United States

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Galveston Beach Houses Feature Stunning Island Views

The 32-mile long, historic island of Galveston borders the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the stunning beach and charming historic community offers visitors access to miles of pristine beaches, access to historic attractions and Galveston's lively culture. The fantastic beach escape boasts a huge number of stunning beach houses, condos located near the ocean, and waterfront homes. In addition to the offering spectacular ocean views, the fantastic oceanfront homes in Galveston may also feature an array of amenities such as cable TV, Wi-Fi internet access, and family-friendly living.


Galveston operates numerous public beaches and beach access points throughout the island. Popular island beaches and beach parks include:

  • The Galveston Island State Park
  • The East Beach
  • The pocket park on San Luis Pass Road at the seventh mile
  • The pocket park at located at 11745 FM 3005
  • The pocket park at San Luis Pass Road at the eleventh mile
  • Stewart Beach
  • The Seawall Urban Park


Galveston is full to the brim with a diverse array of restaurants and delectable menu options. The Waterfront and Strand areas along the historic island offer many of Galveston's most delicious dining options. From Texas steak, Italian and Greek to Mexican and seafood, Galveston is sure to accommodate a wide variety of tastes.

In recent years, Galveston has become an attractive community for young culinary talent to settle. Inventive young chefs have made their way to the unique island in the hopes of serving up exciting new dishes in some of Galveston's best restaurants. The names of Galveston chefs such as Paco Vargas, Robbin Murphy, Chris Loftis, Ross Warhol, and Phil Bouzo are garnering national attention and cementing the island's reputation as a popular fine dining destination. The top restaurants of Galveston are:

  • Rudy & Paco
  • Shearn’s
  • Number 13
  • Gaido’s
  • The Steakhouse

Arts And Culture

The island's expansive historic downtown is the main hub of Galveston's arts and entertainment. The historic buildings of downtown Galveston are filled with cultural institutions, including a number of theaters, galleries, and museums.

ArtWalk is an event enjoyed by many. Every six weeks, the downtown district hosts an ArtWalk event that draws thousands to the island. The exciting cultural event boats well-known national artists, gallery openings, and a multitude of vendors. Additionally the dazzling street celebration serves up a delicious array of food truck fare as the sounds of music reverberate through the streets.

Family Friendly Attractions

There are many enticing options for families seeking fun on Galveston. From taffy-making at the La King’s Confectionery to the Galveston Turtle Tour, there are many wonderful opportunities for families looking for something fun to do. Family-friendly attractions on Galveston include the following:

  • The Schlitterbahn Waterpark
  • The Galveston Railroad Museum
  • The Lone Star Flight Museum
  • The Texas Seaport Museum


Galveston, an island located just off of Texas' Gulf Coast, enjoys moderate year-round temperatures. Most visitors arrive to the island in the spring and summer seasons. Average summer high temperatures are in the high 80s while winter lows hover around a comfortable 51 degrees.

How To get There

Galveston is easy to get to by cruise, private boat, or car. The closest airport to Galveston is in Houston: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Therefore, those who are traveling into Texas by way of plane will need to travel an additional 45 minutes to get to the island. Whether you take your own private car or rent a car, the easiest way to cross into Galveston is by taking Interstate 45 southward all the way to the island.

The catch of the day in Galveston

Galveston is hallowed ground for the avid angler; natives are fiercely passionate about fishing and the town offers activities to suit all comers. The island’s jetties are the perfect spot to find croaker, perch, and speckled trout, while boat trips to the Gulf present the excitement of going toe-to-toe with snapper, ling, and even sharks. If you’re feeling up for the challenge, why not charter a boat and try your hand at a blue-water excursion? You’ll have the chance to encounter 100-pound white and blue marlin on these trips, before heading back to your Galveston vacation rental to serve up your haul.

Galveston's good nature

Families seeking a day out that's sure to please adults and kids alike need look no further than Moody Gardens botanical park, a non-profit educational center marked by 3 towering colored pyramids that stretch high into the Texas sky. Each building has its own unique theme, so whether you’re looking to admire penguins and stingrays in the enormous Aquarium Pyramid, explore the ecosystems of Asia, Africa, and South America in the Rainforest Pyramid, or stroll through the rotating exhibits of the Discovery Pyramid, there’ll be something to keep you thoroughly entertained.

Warming up to Galveston

The steady Texas climate keeps things relatively warm and sunny throughout the year in Galveston, so traveling in the typically cheaper winter months has definite benefits. Regular temperatures are still hovering in the mid-50s, so you’ll be able to spend some time outdoors, and you’re more likely to find a fantastic deal on a cheap Galveston vacation rental. Summer temperatures reach averages of 86°F, ideal conditions for sunbathing on the sands—making beachfront Galveston vacation rentals a tempting prospect. Whenever you choose to travel, a little advance research is key to planning your stay and making the most of your vacation.

Galveston’s golden coast

After a busy day of exploring, Galveston Island State Park is a wonderful place to find some peace and tranquility. This 2,000-acre reserve, which stretches across beach, gulf, and bay, is a stellar encapsulation of Texas’s natural beauty, and also one of the area’s best spots for bird-watching. The unspoiled barrier islands attract a diverse range of species, particularly during the spring and fall migration periods. As the sun sets over the ocean, there’s nothing better than sitting back with a loved one and admiring these majestic creatures as they soar and glide gracefully across the golden skyline toward home.