Warm breezes and year-round temperate seas complement the city’s rich historic districts, award-winning restaurants, unique attractions and bustling shops. And though Galveston’s relaxed island atmosphere is only 50 minutes from Houston, it is a world away in spirit.
Nestled in the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island is more accessible than you might think. Having the flight volumes of the nation’s fourth-largest city provides maximum flexibility for scheduling.
And getting around the Island is easy! You can travel by land, sea or air via Galveston Island Trolley, The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Galveston Island Ferry, Galveston Duck Tours, Galveston Harbor Tours, and aerial tours through Galveston Helicopters. If you’re seeking a little romance, try an after-dinner ride by horse-drawn carriage through the historic downtown district.
Getting To & Around Galveston
Bush Intercontinental is located approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 north)
The Port of Galveston is the fourth busiest home port in the United States with departures from Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines.
Galveston offers a variety of tranportation options to & from Houston airports, including cars, limousines, & shuttles.
Before you visit the Island, take the opportunity to familiarize with Galveston Island paid parking with our informative guide.
Free ferry rides take you between Galveston and Port Bolivar and offer a glimpse of playful dolphins.
So you’re considering a visit to Galveston Island! That’s wonderful! We’re confident you’ll find our Southern hospitality, temperate weather, sun-drenched beaches, and lively Victorian history the recipe for a perfect Island getaway. And we’re doing our best to make this website the perfect assistant for your vacation planning needs!
And a great tool for that? The Galveston.com Forum! From getting an opinion about the best place for seafood, to sharing an insider experience you’d like others to hear, our online message board is an excellent place to join the conversation. And if you’re an Islander We’ve got hangouts in our forum for you as well!
For more information on Galveston Island, please contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at1-888-GAL-ISLE (425-4753). If you’ve never been to Galveston, make your first stop the Visitor Information Center located at 2328 Broadway for maps, discount coupons and other planning tips.
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