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Galveston: The biggest little island in Texas

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Distinctive Galveston

Broadway beach beauties!
Galveston has 32 miles of beaches and one of the largest concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. The island is also home to Texas’ premier cruise port and has a wide variety of attractions, such as water parks, museums and historical sites.

Although it is less than an hour from the fourth-largest city in the country, the island has a small-town atmosphere that is not only breathtaking but also relaxing.

Visiting Galveston
Solar rays and holidays!
The summer months are the city’s busiest time of year, but September and October are also great months to visit Galveston for warm weather, beaches and group touring.

The holidays are good time to experience Galveston and its many holiday events in a tropical environment.

Historic Galveston
Time flies!
For the military buffs on the motorcoach, spend time at the Lone Star Flight Museum, home to a rare collection of historic war aircraft that still fly today. For a special treat, arrange your visit around one of the museum’s thrilling air shows.

Shopping and gawking at the Victorian architecture is a popular part of the itinerary in historic downtown Galveston. Major group attractions downtown include the Galveston Railroad Museum, the Texas Seaport Museum, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Haunted Mayfield Manor, Harbor Tours, the Grand 1894 Opera House and the new pirate museum, 
Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast.

Among Galveston’s Broadway Beauties, the city’s historic mansions, are the Bishop’s Palace and the Moody Mansion. Both are open for tours daily.

Surprising Galveston

Variety, the spice of life!
From outdoor adventure and nature activities to the many historical attractions found there, it is surprising that such a small island has so much to offer. And, of course, the beautiful architecture is another surprise for bank groups. Visitors are not often aware that Galveston is such a historical destination.

Remembering Galveston
Saltwater taffy!
Speaking of food, it is nearly mandatory to visit the Strand in historic downtown Galveston to pick up some old-fashioned saltwater taffy from LaKing’s Confectionery. The shop has so much character and still makes candy, ice cream and other novelties the old-fashioned way. The head candymaker offers entertaining taffymaking demonstrations daily during peak tourism seasons.

New in Galveston

Welcome, cruisers!
In addition to the new Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park that opened in May, Galveston will welcome two new cruise ships to the Port of Galveston this year: The Disney Magic will begin sailing in September, and Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess will arrive in December.

The island also recently launched a great way to save with the Galveston Island Pass. With the pass, visitors can purchase admission to four or more attractions on the island and receive a 40 percent discount.