Galveston, TX

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Explore Galveston, TX

Set sail from a historic jewel in the Gulf of Mexico on Carnival cruises from Galveston, Texas. Perched on the Gulf Coast, Galveston was a major commercial port in the late 1800s and has the restored architecture and proud history to show for it. Sprinkle in a few museums, amusement parks, attractive beaches, and tasty seafood restaurants , and you’ve got a great start to your cruise from Galveston.

  • Bike the length of the mural-adorned Seawall.
  • Shop for antiques in the historic Strand District, near where Carnival cruises from Galveston dock.
  • Take flight in a B-17 bomber at the Lone Star Flight Museum.
  • Hear the sounds of a Central American rainforest at Moody Gardens.
  • Wrap yourself in luxury at the Hotel Galvez spa.


Things To Do

Local Attractions

Before your Carnival cruise departs from Galveston, Texas, soak up some of the history of this Gulf of Mexico resort island and port. The Victorian-era Hotel Galvez and Bishop’s Palace provide a taste of old Gaveston’s heyday as an island getaway for mainland Texans. A long Seawall stretches from beach to beach and offers gulf views the whole way.

  • Hit the Gulf of Mexico’s beaches, with their warm water and soft sand.
  • Explore the decks of an offshore oil rig, the Ocean Star.
  • See the fighter planes and military vehicles of the Lone Star Flight Museum.
  • Encounter otters, penguins, and other sea creatures at Moody Gardens’ aquarium.
  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Galveston’s historic neighborhoods.

Fun Facts

  • Galveston, Texas is actually a barrier reef island and is only a few miles wide.
  • Along the 10-mile Seawall is a series of painted murals, many of which were done by grade school students, allowing Galveston to claim the mantle of the “world’s longest mural.”
  • Galveston ranked as second only to Ellis Island as a late 19th-century immigrant station, processing around 150,000 new arrivals over a 100 year period.

Within Walking Distance

Climb aboard the tall ship Elissa at the Texas Seaport Museum, in the harbor near where cruises from Galveston depart. This 1877 vessel remains seaworthy and in great condition, and photos and videos recount the boat’s salvation and restoration. Next door is the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, housed in a floating jack-up rig, with displays and exhibits on the science and history of offshore oil drilling.

Around the Port Area

Take in the 19th-century elegance of the East End Historic District, filled with gracious Greek Revival homes with ornate railings and balconies. Tour the turreted, castle-like Bishop’s Palace, a home built of mahogany and rosewood, with multiple fireplaces and stained glass framing the giant staircase as a testament to the life of luxury. Another atmospheric island neighborhood is the Strand District, Galveston’s old business center of preserved iron-front Victorians. Admire the graceful buildings and homes on a slow-paced horse and carriage ride through the neighborhood. Art galleries and antique shops line the historic streets of the Strand District. On the Gulf of Mexico side, the 100-year-old grand Hotel Galvez harks back to Galveston’s genteel days. In the airy lobby, turn your gaze up to the stenciled ceiling in the loggia, before indulging in a luxurious spa treatment.

Beyond the Port Area

Golf

Perched right by the Galveston, Texas airport are two theme parks. The Schlitterbahn Galveston Water Park has twisting tunnel tubes and free-falling tower slides that splash into the water below. Come down from the adrenaline high with some time relaxing on a tropical-style beach or in the sprawling hot tub. At neighboring Moody Gardens, roam through a recreated tropical rainforest, get up close with sharks and penguins, board a paddlewheeler or play a round of golf at a waterside course. For a one-of-a-kind thrill before your Carnival cruise from Galveston sails, ride in a real WWII B-17 bomber or an open-cockpit biplane at the Lone Star Flight Museum, after admiring the prop planes, fighter craft, and aviation memorabilia on the ground.

Dining & Nightlife in Galveston

The Texas Gulf Coast cuisine is all about seafood—and lots of it. Dig into snapper, pompano, shrimp, oysters, and more at local favorites like Gaido’s and Saltwater Grill, or opt for straightforward fried fare at Shrimp’n’Stuff. Come nightfall, catch a musical performance on the lavish stage of the Grand 1894 Opera House, the star attraction of the Strand District.

Travel Tips

TRAVEL TIPS

  • The Port of Galveston comprises two cruise terminals on Harborside Drive, close to its intersection with 25th Street.
  • Cruises from Galveston dock near the thick of it all, making getting around a cinch.
  • Get ready for a bit of Texas heat in summertime, when highs usually hang around the high 80s or low 90s. Winters are cool and pleasant, with temperatures usually in the 50s.