What To Do In Galveston

If you have been hearing a lot about Galveston, Texas, and wondering what the hype is all about, we’ve gathered an excellent little guide for your curiosity. On top of being one of the busiest cruise ports, Galveston is a quickly growing hot spot for tourists! Beautiful beaches, family-friendly attractions, and a charming culture are just a few of the things that are bringing tourists by the millions. So, let’s jump in and see all there is to see and do in Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Is A Busy Cruise Port

Galveston port is located off the coast of Texas and has two terminals with a third under construction. If you are flying into one of the Houston airports, you can easily hop on a shuttle service to Galveston and be there within 45 minutes from HOU to Galveston and about 1 hr. 15 minutes from IAH to Galveston. If you love cruises you can choose from several excellent and sought-after ships. Here is a list of current ships docked at the Galveston port.

  1. Carnival Vista
  2. Carnival Breeze
  3. Carnival Dream
  4. Adventure Of The Seas
  5. Grandeur Of The Seas
  6. Allure Of The Seas
  7. Norwegian Prima
  8. Carnival Jubilee

Galveston Ferry

If you took a shuttle service from Houston to Galveston and are looking for more ways of transportation, this is a really fun, free adventure for you! The Galveston Ferry is a free transportation service from Galveston to Bolivar Peninsula. The ferry is free and is a fun little adventure for anybody visiting the Galveston area. There is one ferry that runs 24 hours a day and a second one that runs after 6:30 a.m.

Bolivar Peninsula is considered one of the gems of Texas. Within its 27 miles, you can find amazing beaches, awesome fishing, and a plethora of shops. The peninsula is the perfect location for any family, couple, or single to enjoy. If you are looking to get away this is the perfect place.

Nightlife in Galveston

Whether you are looking to hang out in a low-key environment with live music or something a little more lively, Galveston is full of options. If you are with friends, family, or on a date there is literally something for everyone to enjoy. Here are five of the most popular things to do at night in Galveston.

1.   The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

The Pier is a must-see and does for anyone who is visiting Galveston. It makes for the perfect evening before you embark on your cruise the next day, or if you are vacationing in Galveston itself. It provides a thrilling experience at night with the lights, atmosphere, rides, and food. Kids love the carousel and spinning tea cups. Play games and ride roller coasters with your date. Or just head out by yourself and enjoy people-watching. The list goes on and on for why the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is one of the hottest sites in Galveston.

2.   Escape The Island

This adventure is perfect for any time of day, but if you are looking for something different to do after dinner, consider hitting up an escape room. Don’t let rainy or chilly weather stop you from having a great night! This location boasts 5 live escape rooms and 6 virtual reality theme rooms. The perfect option for adding variety to your stay in Galveston.

3.   Envy NightClub

If you are seeking some 21 and older fun, the Envy Night Club Galveston is where it’s at! With live DJs, a roomy dance floor, and excellent drinks, it’s easy to see why this is one of the top clubs on Galveston Island. Open year-round makes it a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

4.   Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

This restaurant is everything you need for a romantic dinner. You can expect the best at Rudy and Paco’s because they have the highest standards in every department. They serve the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. You will need to take note of the dress code before choosing to dine here at night. Men are expected to wear long pants with a collared shirt and shorts are not allowed for any guest. This adds to the ambiance which makes the restaurant truly special.

5.   Float Pool And Patio Bar

After you step off your shuttle service from IAH and drop your belongings off at your room, head on over to Float Pool and Patio Bar. You can experience the truly unique nightlife here at a pool party you will never forget. Listen to music and take a swim all while ordering your favorite drinks. It is the perfect way to get in the vacation mindset, especially if you are looking for something a little more casual.



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