Local Points of Interest
The beautiful beaches and historic downtown of Galveston, less than an hour from Houston, make this a year-round destination for Texans and tourists. For much of the 19th century, Galveston was the largest and wealthiest town in the state, and for a brief period, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas. The splendor of the period can still be seen in the historic buildings and handsome mansions. In the heart of downtown, the Strand district preserves many original façades, now home to restaurants, cafés, galleries, and shops.
While many people, particularly in summer, come primarily to lounge on the beaches, Galveston also offers a wealth of things to do, from sightseeing, bird-watching, fishing, and water sports, to exploring museums and enjoying wonderful dining.
Galveston Visitors Bureau
also has lots of good information on attractions, transit, planning your visit, etc.