Galveston: A Place for Art, Culture, & Outdoor Enjoymen
By Deanna Destito
Located on an island within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area sits the coastal resort city of Galveston, Texas.
The humid, subtropical climate makes for steamy summers and mild winters with very little snow, ensuring that a trip to Galveston is a delight at almost any time of the year.
Galveston houses six historic districts and contains one of the largest historically important collections of 19th century buildings and Victorian architecture.
The area’s preservation projects have garnered national recognition for their tremendous ability to restore and maintain significant parts of the country’s history.
Galveston is a huge supporter of the arts. Galveston Arts Center offers contemporary art from local artists as well as education programs to keep the arts an important part of the community.
Every six weeks the center organizes ArtWalk, which features exhibits, shows, artists’ studios, and other galleries.
Venues such as coffee houses also display artwork as well as outdoor exhibits on Market Street.
Enjoy musical performances at the Proletariat Gallery & Public House or Old Quarter Acoustic Café.
Lovers of the art world can also enjoy the Galveston Symphony Orchestra and the Galveston Ballet, which presents one full-length ballet each spring along with a repertory program in the fall at the Grand 1894 Opera House, one of the many restored historic buildings.
Besides its rich history and love of the arts, Galveston also boasts 32 miles of beaches complete with top-notch restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, and a downtown shopping area filled with antique stores, galleries, and gorgeous architecture.
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Visitors can enjoy dolphin watching tours as well as Moody Gardens that has an aquarium pyramid featuring the Jellyfish Gallery and the Gulf of Mexico Rig Exhibit.
There’s also the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, a year-round facility that the whole family can enjoy.
The park also claims to have the world’s tallest water coaster, MASSIV Monster Blaster.
The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico make for a spectacular beach experience.
Head over to Seawall Beach to check out the newly renovated area.
After soaking in the sun, swing over to the Galveston Island Brewing Co. or Beerfoot Brewery for a taste of some locally made beers.
Galveston also hosts a sandcastle event on Stewart Beach where guests can learn to create elaborate, unique sandcastles under the guidance of professionals.
Beachgoers can also partake in surfing and bird watching.
For those looking for more activity, East Beach is a top choice.
The area is well known for parties, festivals, live concerts, and an annual sandcastle competition.
The biggest beach in Texas, it’s also a great fishing and birdwatching spot.
Seawall Urban Park offers a 10-mile continuous sidewalk located along Seawall Blvd, the longest in America.
Visitors can bike, run, or stroll along and take in the sights and sounds of the busy area.
Last but not least, Galveston Island State Park offers hikers and fishers a relaxing location to practice their sport of choice.
The area is also known for kayaking and birdwatching clinics.
Campers can enjoy fresh water and amenities such as electricity, restrooms, and showers.
With four miles of trails, hiking or biking is a great way to spend your afternoon.