Galveston, on the Texas Gulf coast, is on an island linked to the mainland by causeways and a bridge. Long beaches and Victorian architecture create a romantic getaway, especially popular for those on honeymoon who can stay in a boardwalk hotel or choose from one of the many hotels on the beach. A major seaport, commercial fishing center and beach resort, the city known as “the Queen of the Gulf” attracts thousands of visitors, many on cruise stopovers.
When to visit GalvestonThe summer months are the best time to travel to Galveston when average daily temperatures can top 90ºF. The heat is allied to high humidity levels that can be uncomfortable. Even in winter when temperatures drop only to the mid-60ºs the place is worth consideration. Hurricanes remain a threat in later summer and fall.
How to get to GalvestonScholes International Airport at Galveston (GLS) is located 3 miles southwest of downtown Galveston. The major local airport is, however, William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston to the north. Greyhound buses stop at Galveston but there is no Amtrak service.
Galveston attractionsMoody Gardens tourist complex comprises three pyramids containing aquarium, rainforest, and science-themed Discovery pyramid. The site is also home to the Moody Gardens Hotel and nearby the hotels at the Schllitterbahn Water Park. The Strand is a renovated district full of upscale shops, galleries, and restaurants. The historic Hotel Galvez on the Seawall Boulevard is handy for Stewart Beach Park and another characterful building is the grandiose Bishop's Palace.
Where to stay in GalvestonHotels.com offers the best Galveston hotel deals from hotels near Galveston beach or near the seawall to those establishments that are pet friendly.