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Galveston-population 59,070. About 40 miles from Houston lies the 32 miles of public beaches. This little town is known as Galveston. Galveston is a well known attraction here in Houston. It is where people here escape their busy city life for a relaxing day at the beach. Whether you are just looking to lie around lazily soaking up the sun for the day, or are looking for a long vacation, Galveston is a beautiful, fun spot for the whole family. Whether you are 2yrs of age or 200 Galveston has a wide range of activities for everyone. Some popular, fun activities of Galveston include:

List of Recommended Sights:

The Railroad Museum
Historic Churches
Colonial Excursion Boat
David Taylor Classic Car Museum
Ferry Rides
Fishing, Deep Sea
Fishing Piers
Galveston County Historical Museum
Galveston Island Beach
Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals
Galveston Island State park
Galveston Yacht Basin
Garten Veirin
Historic Homes & Buildings
Lone Star Flight Museums
Moody Gardens
Pelican Island
Port of Galveston
Rosenburg Island
Seawolf Park
Texas Heroes Monument
Texas Limited
Texas Seaport Museum
Trolley Carts
Visitor Information Center
America National Observation Area

Railroad Museum- On once active tracks are over 35 vintage railroad cars and steam engines; historic Santa Fe depot restored to 1932 art deco style, HO gauge working mode of Port of Galveston with tracks, ships, and Pore Activities. A People's Gallery with dozens of life sized figures, some even have conversation with the visitors, recreation of a busy depot scene of the 1930's. Six multimedia theaters present history of Galveston. Shipping, railroad, and commerce open daily 10 am to 5 p.m. on Rosenburg St. Admission.

Historic Churches- First Lutheran Church, constructed by one of the earliest Lutheran groups in Texas, 1868. It is located at 2415 G Street

First Presbyterian Church- Magnificent Gothic structure, Church St. at 18th

Grace Episcopal Church- Founded as a mission of Trinity Church in 1874. Gothic style building designed by architect Nicholas Clayton. Located, at 36 and Avenue L

Sacred Heart Catholic Church- Founded 1884, opposite Bishops Palace at Broadway & 14th St.

St. Mary's Cathedral- First Catholic Cathedral in Texas. Built in 1848, original architecture. 2011 F St.

Trinity Episcopal Church- Built in 1857 traditionally repaired and put to use immediately after hurricane, never missed a service. 2216 H St.

Excursion Boat- Modern, triple deck paddle wheeler, recaptures the romance of 19th century river Steam Boats. Travels daily on 2hr sightseeing cruises, morning and afternoon of Galvestons Bay and Port; evening dinner/jazz cruises, and moonlight dance cruises on Saturday nights. Sightseeing trips include, interpretive, narration, live Dixieland band, and Cajun buffet on evening cruises are available. Cruise fee Phone-(409) 763-4900
David Taylor Classic Car Museum- Collections Divided into three categories, antiques, classics, and muscle cars. Open daily- 10am to 5 pm

Ferry Rides- Diesel Ferry's operate every 20 minutes between Galveston and Port Bolivar Texas. Ferries are part of Texas highway system, operated toll free by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Fishing, Deep Sea- E exiting varieties of food and game fishing are found in Gulf waters of Galveston Island. Fisherman may join one of the many party boats for bay or offshore action. Reservations are at pier 18, 19 and Galveston Yacht Basin.

Fishing Piers- Surf fisherman try their luck almost anywhere along the beach; free municipal jetties and rock groin piers are along seawall blvd., at 10th, 17th, 30th, 37th and 61st St. Commercial fishing.

Galveston County Historical Museum- Displays from one of Texas most historic cities, plus variety of changing exhibits, especially impressive interior. Open Moon- Sat; 10am-4pm. Sun noon- 5pm. Donations requested

The Beaches- 32 miles of sand beaches washed by Gulf of Mexico. Within City, the beach is edged by hotels, condos, restaurants, and amusement attractions. Camping is permitted is designated areas. Parking fees are charged at certain beach recreation areas. Free parking available elsewhere along the 32 mile beach front.

Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals- 1700 seat outdoor theater in Galveston Island State Park, alternates Broadway musicals nightly except Sunday from early June through late August. Presented nightly except on Sunday. Admission.

Galveston Island State Park- 1,935 acre park, includes much salt marsh, rich birdlife, observation platforms, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and nature trails. From early June till late August outdoor musicals are presented nightly (except Sundays) Admission

Galveston Yacht Basin- with complete marina services, the yacht Harbor provides slips for hundreds of pleasure craft. An elegant sight.

Garten Verein- Octagonal structure, corca 1870, still in use as city recreational building. Victorian accents evident in trim of two picturesque roof levels. City Park at 27th St. Avenue 0.

Historic Homes & Buildings-
1 Ashton Villa
2 Bishops Palace
3 Fort Crockett
4 Grand Opera House
5 Moody Mansion & Museum
6 Pawhatan House
7 Samuel May William's Home

The Strand- The Strand features art galleries, studios, restaurants, shops, pubs, delicatessens, historical exhibits and even an old fashion candy factory.

Lone Star Flight Museum- The golden age of aviation is recalled in more than two dozen vintage aircraft, restored B-17, P-47 Thunderbolt, a P-38 Lightning, a Spitfire, plus other Bombers, Trainers and other Wartime executive aircraft all in flying condition. Open daily 10 am-5 pm, except for major holidays. Admission

Moody Gardens- 142 Acre Moody Foundation. Existing now are: Garden of Life, a Japanese inspired garden featuring exotic plants, rock work, and ponds.

I-Max Theater- Visitor Center

Palm Beach- Texas only white sand beach with fresh water swimming lagoons, whirlpool, volleyball, a 400' dockpier, octopus water slides, features 30 ft submarine with fully operational periscope, watergun, and dive horn. Open Daily from mid-May till Labor Day

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