Tours and Museums

Galveston, which includes Galveston Island, has a history that dates back as far as 1528. But don’t think having a history this old makes for dry or antiquated historical tours and museums. With inhabitants like Indians and Jean Lafitte who used the island for piracy and slave smuggling and activities revolving around fishing, hunting and shipping, there’s plenty of intrigue to keep visitors interested and searching for more.

Whether you’re looking to learn about the natural habitats of the island and surrounding waters or want to step back in time with historical Guided Tours of Galveston, guests are sure to discover the unique nature of this island and its local inhabitants. Below are just a few of our favorite island tours and museums:

Moody Gardens Attractions is the perfect place to learn about the ocean, meet penguins, sharks and enjoy an authentic rainforest adventure. Take the kids to this educational destination and see how fun learning can become when visiting this little piece of paradise.

What little boy hasn’t dreamt of becoming a train engineer? Or perhaps you’re a bride looking for a unique wedding venue. Regardless, you’ll not want to miss the splendor of theGalveston Railroad Museum with its murals, gift shop and restoration efforts. Vintage rail dining cars can make for a special small gathering that will leave lasting memories on all your guests.

Tours can take you from the history of the railroad to the nautical history of the maritime vessel, the 1877 Ship Elissa. This is the real deal! Thanks to the Galveston Historical Foundation and hundreds of volunteers, the Elissa is so much more than an artifact. She’s fully-functional and continues to sail annually. Experience her magic at the Texas Seaport Museum on Pier 21.

If you are interested in art exhibits but not the moans and groans that often accompany the suggestion to tour an art museum, suggest a Tree Sculpture Tour instead! This unique sculpture exhibit can be organized as a self-guided tour with 36 recommendations to choose from. This is truly a unique way to gain a new appreciation for trees and the artists that sculpt them.

With Houston only 50 miles away, guests should schedule enough time in their Galveston vacation plans to launch them into the Space Center Houston. "Prepare to be thrust into an amazing adventure” when you discover how NASA makes the impossible happen.


Please note: The Galvestonian will be making improvements from September 2019 through Summer 2020, as we replace our balcony windows. Being directly on the best beach in Galveston deserves the best views! Click here for more information.

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