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Approximately 48,000 people live in this part of Texas Gulf Coast.
Texas' capital, Austin, lies 300 kilometres away from Galveston, while Texas City lies 14 kilometres away.
A trip to Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark or the Pier 21 Theater is a great chance for some family bonding. If you're up for even more fun and excitement, Haunted Mayfield Manor and Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary are a couple of other possibilities.
Get up close to the fascinating animal kingdom and find out what it takes to care for some of its wildlife at the Bayou Wildlife Park. It's an eye-opening excursion for all ages!
Eager for a more leisurely day of sightseeing? Then visit the Haak Vineyards and Winery, where you'll learn about the art of local winemaking and sample a sip or two.
If you would like to explore a greener side of Galveston, plan a trip to one of its leafy parklands. You can select from the Moody Gardens, Stewart Beach Park and Eubank Woods Bird Sanctuary.
Persimmon Gap Visitor Center is a good starting point for your stay. You'll discover a wealth of information here, including what tours are available, which restaurants you shouldn't miss and much more.
Few things are as lovely as a relaxing stroll along the shoreline and picking up shiny seashells. East Beach is the place to head when you're keen for a little seaside therapy.
We're all looking for a greater sense of well-being, aren't we? Forget about hitting the gym and nasty detoxes. Find it among the peaceful surrounds of Galveston Island State Park and Big Reef Nature Park instead.
If you're looking for a couple of tranquil places to collect your thoughts and maybe even learn a thing or two, go to the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Galveston Island Railroad Museum. Ask about walking tours or just study the eye-opening displays at your own leisure. Museum enthusiasts also need to go to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum and the Lone Star Fire Museum.
Learn all about the seafaring past of the region while taking in the salt-encrusted artefacts that are housed at the Texas Seaport Museum.
Feel inspired as you pore over the unique pieces on display at the Galveston Art League Gallery.
Enjoy an eye-opening journey into the past at the Galveston History Museum and the Texas City Museum. Both exhibitions pride themselves on making the city's rich history relevant and entertaining to visitors.
Paying a visit to historical attractions is a fantastic way to gain a real understanding of times gone by. Experience Galveston's past at the Alvin Community College and the Seawolf Park. If you're eager for more, Marguerite Rogers House Museum and Samuel May Williams House should be next on your list.
Plan an outing to Fort Crockett, a stronghold that once played a critical defence role, and imagine the sieges that its mighty walls endured many years ago.
Boasting a who's who list of well-known residents, Bishop's Palace is among the most striking dwellings in Galveston.
We all need to reconnect with our spiritual side every now and then, and among the best places to do that is St. Mary Cathedral Basilica.
You may feel like there's nothing left to visit after seeing Galveston's most impressive tourist attractions, but don't head off just yet. There are still a few spots that are worth a peek. Why not enjoy a visit to the Rosenberg Library and the Galveston Country Club? You'll also find plenty to keep you happy at the Bay Area Raceway and the Galveston Go Kart and Fun Center.
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Whether you're looking for the basics or the whole shebang, Galveston has you sorted! For a place that's easy on the budget, you can't go past the Closing Time at the Victorian, located at 6300 Seawall Blvd, or the Candlewood Suites Galveston, at 808 61st St. You may also want to consider the Seascape Deluxe Beach Condos by A B Sea Rentals and The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center. These upmarket hotels are for those who'd like to live a life of leisure and luxury while they're here.
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