Galveston Island is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Texas. This beautiful barrier island on the Gulf Coast has it all. Its attractions include miles of delightful sandy beaches, a port for cruise ships, a beautifully restored historic old town and distinct Southern charm. It also boasts sophisticated Victorian architecture, endless festivals, as well as fantastic outdoor adventures. All with a single purpose – to provide plenty of fun, no matter what your tastes are.
Things to See in Galveston
Visit the Seawall Urban Park, a mile-long beach which is ideal for sightseeing. Ride the Port Bolivar Ferry, a vessel which takes more than eight million travelers between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula every year. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Tall Ship Elissa, as well as the Bishop’s Palace.
You could also treat your eyes with the Galveston Island Waterpark, a place with spectacular adventures. The Strand Historic District in downtown Galveston is another landmark you can pass by. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, the Galveston Island Railroad Museum and the East End Historic District are also worth your visit. Some other places worth your time include The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston’s 61st Street Fishing Pier – an overnight fishing point, the Moody Mansion Museum, Stewart Beach, The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory, Hotel Galvez Spa, the Bryan Museum, Galveston Island State Park, Rosenberg Library and Galveston Children’s Museum and Moody Gardens. But, while in Galveston, there are few other things you can do that can be exceptionally fun:
Learn the History of Galveston
On the Magical Galveston History Tour, visitors get the opportunity to take photographs and videos. Special attention is given to Bishops Palace, The Sacred Heart Cathedral, and the Sealy and Moody Mansions.
Experienced tour guides will take you on a Segway journey through the “Wall Street of the South.” You will also get the opportunity to pass through the Railroad Museum, which was used during Prohibition. The Port of Galveston is not just an interesting attraction. It’s also a memorial for the storm of 1900. Your next stop is the collection of Victorian homes in the historic district.
The place which once housed the greatest concentration of millionaires in the United States. You’ll learn how the wealthy families who built these homes earned their money while touring their restored homes. The tour will also pass the rebuilt Pleasure Pier, which used to be the home of the Flagship Hotel. It ends at the Seawall.
Take a Ghost Tour
The SegCity’s Galveston ghost tour: Haunted Legends passes by cemeteries with haunted houses where paranormal activities have been documented. The stories include mass murder and dark rumors of misery. Don’t be scared when mysterious lights appear on the haunted houses or when you hear ghostly screams!
Galveston’s history dates back this to the days before white settlers arrived. During that period, there were fires, natural disasters, massive epidemics. as well as a desperate slave population. Moreover, there was the sudden death of 10,000 souls from a hurricane in 1900. This incident remains the largest disaster ever recorded in the country’s history.
See the Tree Carvings
Our wonderful Tree Sculpture Tour will take you to these unique pieces of art throughout downtown Galveston. After the 1900 hurricane, Galvestonians united to build the world’s largest seawall. Upon its completion, engineers used German pumps and piping to move sand and earth from the Port of Galveston to the rest of the island.
After the dirt was moved in, the residents planted German oak trees for erosion protection. They grew for over 100 years, until the salty water from Hurricane Ike covered the island in 2008, leading to the death of most of the old oaks. The homeowners found it difficult to cut down these trees since they were emotionally attached.
So artists were hired to make tree sculptures out of the old oak trees. As it stands today, there are 22 of these sculptures distributed across the island. Some are still in the process of being carved. This tour is a delightful treasure hunt!
These sculptures are the products of renowned tree sculptors Jimmy Phillips, Earl Jones, and Dayle Lewis. They are working hard since 2009 to convert the trees into dogs, angels, birds, dolphins, and more! This project was aimed at helping the citizens cope with the tragedy. But in time, it has become one of the city’s major tourist attractions.
Check Mafia’s Playground
The Rat Pack Tour will tell you about the Free State of Galveston, home of fancy casinos and luxurious hotels. Galveston was the blueprint of the modern-day Las Vegas. You will see the spots where the Hollywood Diner Club, The Pelican Club, and the renowned Balinese Room once existed.
Experience the Beautiful Sunset
On this Sunset Tour, our experienced tour guides will take you through the Silk Stocking Neighborhood. You will get an opportunity to hear about important houses such as the Dowry House.
You’ll cruise on a Segway along the Seawall by the historic Pleasure Pier and you’ll also have the chance to visit the large Murdoch’s Souvenir Shop, which was opened in 1910. The tour briefly visits the Historical District where Gresham’s Castle is located, currently the Bishops Palace. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset at the Port of Galveston where the tour concludes.
Then you’ll see the much-loved Elissa sailing vessel, the official Tall Ship of Texas. Enjoy looking at the magnificent Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise ships and the dolphins playing at the surface of the water at sunset.
Cruise Along the Seawall
This Segway Cruise tour around the Seawall is designed for people who want to experience the joy of a great ride. No stories or history are told, you just get to enjoy riding in the fresh sea breeze as you travel the Seawall.
Ride a Segway
If you’re short on time and still want to experience the thrill of riding a Segway, this tour is for you. We will cruise past the historic neighborhoods near the Strand, Galveston’s famous main street, in just 30 minutes.
Organize a Private Tour
Impress your friends or colleagues with our private tours customized to your taste and interests. Think of the fun you’ll have at a birthday party or family reunion! Your business partners would love to have a Segway outing at your corporate gathering. Our trained personnel will help plan your event and follow your directions to make the magic happen. Ask for the references—we’re happy to share what we have done for other customers.