Galveston, Texas, is known for its beautiful beaches, historical districts, entertainment piers, and plenty more to please tourists, but its many museums make a good place to start your sightseeing. Whether you’re interested in the city’s picturesque past, its seafaring history, or just occupying your kids for a little while, you’ll find something worth visiting.
By the Sea
The shuttle from hobby to galveston may simply drop you at your cruise ship, and that’s the only seagoing vessel you’ll be interested in. But if you have some time in town, you can visit the Texas Seaport Museum for a look at the historic tall ship ELISSA, or explore WWII battleships at the Galveston Naval Museum Find out everything you never knew about the offshore oil industry by visiting the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, located on an actual retired rig.
In the Past
Historic homes have been transformed into museums that preserve Galveston’s older days. Check out sites like the Moody Mansion, Bryan Museum, or 1892 Bishop’s Palace for a glimpse into how people once lived. The Galveston County Historical Museum was damaged by Hurricane Ike but hopes to reopen in 2020 with its collection of historical artifacts.
For the Kids
History and informative experiences are all well and good, but your little ones will only put up with them for so long. When they’re at the end of their rope with places where they have to be quiet and listen, head for the Galveston Children’s Museum, where kids can learn, play, explore, and create in exhibits made just for them. Train-loving little ones may also enjoy the Galveston Railroad Museum, where they can walk around a rail yard, ride on an open-air caboose, and watch model trains make their rounds.
This is just a start of the fun you can have in Galveston, a city full of past memories and present enjoyment.