A guide for Galveston, Texas along the Gulf of Mexico

Galveston, TX Visitors Guide

Right on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island, Texas offers sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the surf, fishing, fishinguides, boat tours, and fishing tours. Galveston also offers shopping, sight seeing, tourist attractions, seafood restaurants, historic buildings, surfing and more.

Swimming in the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston

Galveston is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Texas.  Galveston is on an island that is 32 miles long on the upper coast of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.  If you are looking for the perfect place to spend a weekend, a vacation or longer, Galveston Island has a lot to offer in the way of beach activity.

An ideal resort location, Galveston offers miles and miles of beaches, great lodging, wonderful seafood restaurants, shopping, and a semi-tropical climate.  Located only 50 miles southeast of Houston, Galveston is an easy getaway for a day or a weekend. 

Go to the Beach

You will find miles and miles of wide, spacious beaches ideal for surfing, swimming, and wading. 

Rental umbrellas and chairs are available.

rental umbrellas and chairs on the beach
feeding the seagulls Enjoy the Sea Breezes

Sunbathing, feeding the birds, wading in the surf, relaxing under the shade of an umbrella are great ways to spend the day.

The breeze off of the gulf feels great as you are getting your tan.

souvenir store
Shoppers will love the gift and souvenir
shops, clothing stores, and more.

4 wheel bike rentals Tour the Area on a Bike

Bicycles are available for rent for those who want to leisurely tour the area.  The four wheel bikes seem to be very popular.  Some of them seat up to four people.

Observe Nature

Nature lovers will find plenty to observe with the seagulls, pelicans, cranes and other sea birds. 

The seagulls are always ready for that next handout they can beg from the visitors to the beach.

Great seafood restaurants in Galveston Want some great seafood?

You will find plenty of nice restaurants in Galveston.  Some have waterfront locations which offer great views of soaring birds and of the surfers and swimmers in the water.

Driving or walking around Galveston you will see many historic homes.  You will also find several museums and other attractions.  The East End Historic District has been designated a historic district and has several restored historic homes.  Bring your camera.  You will have plenty of photo opportunities.

pier at Galveston

Want to spend a few days or longer in Galveston? 
Thinking of taking a cruise....spend a few days in Galveston before or after the cruise in one of these vacation homes below.   You'll enjoy Galveston as much as you do the cruise.

Galveston, Texas, weather forecast

the Gulf of Mexico beach

Things to do in Galveston:

  • Miles of beach offer perfect swimming and sunbathing
  • Take a boating tour or cruise
  • Nature watching and photography
  • Fishing from the piers, the beach or a fishing charter boat
  • Shopping at the local tourist stores
  • Dining at the seafood restaurants
  • Touring the area on a rented bike  
  • Strolling along the beach and out on the piers
  • Visit historic homes and museums
  • Take a carriage ride through Galveston
  • Annual FeatherFest in April each year

the beach at Galveston

Tourist Attractions in the Area:

4 wheel bike

Scenic Cruises and Boat Tours

Galveston Party Boats

The Colonel Paddlewheeler

Offering Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruises from Galveston Island

Galveston Charter Boats
Scholes International Airport

Galveston Duck Tours
21st and Seawall

Galveston Harbour Tours
Pier 22 at Harborside Dr.

Galveston Island Ferry
End of Ferry Road on Hwy. 87

Rain Check Charters
Galveston Yacht Basin Slip D-11
409-789-6089 or 409-765-6990

surf at Galveston

Fishing, Fishing Tours, and Fishing Guides:

61st Street Fishing Pier

Easy Going Charters

Galveston Bay Fishing

Aqua Safari Charters


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