3606 89th Street
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 741-9977
Fax: (409) 741-9988
This water park set in an indoor heated pool is fun for the whole family. A day at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will be totally entertaining. Call ahead for varied dates.
World War II flying aces would be proud of this fine collection of restored aircraft from that era. This Galveston museum also showcases old photographs and artifacts along with the planes. It is the perfect outing for an aircraft enthusiast and provides a fun educational experience for kids of all ages. Be prepared for an adventurous trip into the history of aviation. Different events are scheduled throughout the year, including airshows, lectures and special exhibits. For special event information, call the toll-free number listed above. Admission: $6 Adults; Discounts apply for students, senior citizens and groups.
Enjoy an incredible experience on this 18 passenger ride that is surrounded by a seamless spherically-curved, wraparound screen that takes you at warp speed through a variety of wonders and high quality images.
Moody Gardens is a picturesque entertainment complex off the West Bay. Established in 1983, it continues to provide education and a living to persons with disabilities. Whether you're on the island for business or pleasure, explore the plethora of experiences it has to offer. The Rainforest Pyramid is home to over 1,000 endangered species of flora and fauna from forests across Asia and Africa. Get up close and personal with Saki Monkeys, macaws and exotic flowers. Aquarium Pyramid is an ode to the Pacific and Atlantic with penguins, seahorses and sharks encompassing the tropical array. Enjoy an astronomic and scientific expedition at the Discovery Pyramid, or the latest blockbuster at the IMAX theater. Laze around on the sandy shores of Palm Beach, Texas's very own paradise complete with a wave pool and river. The pyramids are an oasis of fun and relaxation.
Guided tours are available at this charming Old South, Greek Revival home that was owned by the founders of both Galveston and Houston and features an outstanding collection of Federal and American Empire antiques.
When you visit Galveston, you begin to realize that time has not erased the evidence of the state's early years. The Greek-style home of Samuel May Williams was shipped from Maine by sea in 1839, and is one of the oldest homes still standing in the area. Williams was the state's first banker and was dubbed the "Father of the Texas Navy" because of his unique ability to finance sea-faring vessels for wartime activity. Special points of interest include a stately winding staircase and a second-floor sea-watch window.
One of the most beautiful Greek Revival homes in Texas, this magnificent house was built by John Seabrook Sydnor, a pioneer merchant and mayor of Galveston, and features numerous period furnishings, art work, and antiques.
A great place to visit, Moody Mansion & Museum is a classic Victorian mansion that has been restored to its former elegance and is an architectural beauty. Built with red brick, limestone, and terracotta tiles around 1892, it was named after its famous owner and Texas business tycoon, W. L. Moody, Junior who resided there until his death in 1954. It stands as a prime example of ornate, early 20th century architecture and contains over 25,000 square feet of living space. Especially notable are the stained glass windows and the fine carved wood used throughout the house. The park called Moody Gardens is also worth a visit for its dynamic nature. Visitors will also admire the beautiful silver and Victorian furnishings.
Does the beauty of the ocean or Victorian architecture draw you like a magnet? If so, the short drive to Galveston is definitely worth your time. The island, originally the home of the Karankawa Indians, was settled by the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte in 1817. The city is now a Gulf Coast Mecca for sun lovers, deep-sea fishermen, picnic lovers, Texas history buffs and scores of other people. With over 30 miles of beaches, parks and picnic areas, visitors come year-round. The visitors center will take care of you with free maps and event and tour information. They can also point you in the right direction to find restaurants and hotels to suit every taste and budget. A second visitors center is located on The Strand for your convenience.
You will not see wolves in this park, but you will see many interesting things in a beautiful Bay setting. Both large ships and pleasure boats enter and leave the Port of Galveston through this island basin, and you can watch it all from a three-story pavilion in the park. Beyond the beauty of the sea, the main attractions are the displays of military vessels. Take a peek at the World War II submarine, Cavalla, or the destroyer, USS Stewart, among others. Tours are available on request. Kids will enjoy the fishing pier and playground. See website for admission prices and more.
As the state's first free public library, this one has many historical exhibits, archives and artifacts from the lives of prominent Texas pioneers. You will find the writings of Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Samuel May Williams along with famous paintings from the Galveston Art League. Located on the island that was once the site of the state's largest city, it offers a first-rate historical experience to people of all ages.
You will probably want to stay at this restored station and explore the train replicas for many hours. The old Santa Fe Depot looks much the same as it did in its 1930s heyday. Multimedia studios will educate you on the history of rail transportation in the area. Located on Galveston's popular Strand, it is the perfect spot to bring the kids for a full day of activities. After all, everyone knows how the little ones feel about trains. See website for admission and complete visitor details.