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Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Galveston

10. Get to know about maritime history at the Texas Seaport Museum

The Elissa at the Texas Seaport Museum

The Texas Seaport Museum portrays every aspect of marine life at the Galveston Port as it was in the 19th century. The highlight of the museum is ‘Elissa,’ which is a Scottish barque with 3 masts. The ship is still very much capable of making trips! The Elissa was built in the 19th century and is considered to be one of the finest vessels in America. It is hard to believe that this majestic looking barque was rescued from a scrap yard. After touring the museum, you can head to the nearby Seawolf Park. It is dedicated to two vessels from World War 2.


9. Enjoy the best of nature at the Moody Gardens and Aquarium Pyramid

Aquarium Pyramid at the Moody Gardens

The Moody Gardens feature three attractions or ‘pyramids.’ The largest is the Aquarium Pyramid, which holds marine animals. Then there is the Rainforest Pyramid, which holds reptiles, plants, birds and butterflies. It also contains sloths and monkeys. The third and the last one is the Discovery Pyramid, which is oriented toward scientific exhibits. Other than the three pyramids, Palm Beach is a major attraction. It is a white sandy beach with a few slides, lagoons and a play area for kids.


8. Be awed at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum

Galveston Port contains many supply vessels and rigs. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum highlights the important role played by the city in the gas and oil industries. This museum is based on an actual massive oil rig, the Ocean Star. It was built in 1969 and is one of the many exhibits at the museum. Other highlights include a pipe deck where all the rigging equipment is stored. The equipment is used for drilling about 200 wells. You can take a guided tour of the museum to have a better understanding and importance of the oil rigs.


7. Take a flight at the Lone Star Flight Museum

Nose art on a World War II Bomber at the Lone Star Flight Museum

The Lone Star Flight Museum portrays the history of the aviation industry. It does so with the help of many artifacts and aircraft which have been restored. One of the highlights is the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, which is an exhibit about the evolution of aircraft. As a visitor, you also get to see some of the planes in action. Most of them have been restored so efficiently that they are fully operational. One of the great examples is the B17 Flying Fortress, an aircraft which was used in World War 2. It often appears at various air shows across the country.


6. Be charmed at the Moody Mansion

Moody Mansion

The Moody Mansion is a historical building located at Broadway Street. Built in the 19th century, it is also known as the Willis-Moody Mansion. It consists of 31 rooms and is inspired by Roman architecture. The mansion is named after American entrepreneur William Lewis Moody, Jr. Although it is named after him, he wasn’t the one who built the house. He bought it from Narcissa Willis, who was a well-known socialite. The mansion is on n the National Register of Historic Places. Take a guided tour of the mansion and be awed at the architecture.


5. Be amazed at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace

Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace is a Victorian style house which is located on Broadway Street. It was built in the late 19th century and is also known as the Gresham’s Castle. Spread over almost 20,000 sq feet, the palace is a private residence. It took seven years to complete the mansion. Today it is ranked as one of the top homes in America. Highlights of the mansion include incredibly high ceilings, fireplaces, carved woodwork and intricate furniture. Guided tours of the mansion are available.


4. Take a historic ride at the Galveston Railroad Museum

Galveston Railroad Museum

The Galveston Railroad Museum is a museum dedicated to railroads of the country. It is owned by the Center for Transportation and Commerce, which is a not-for-profit organization. The museum was funded by the Moody Foundation and Mary Moody Northen. It’s a fun attraction for both the young and the old. The museum features a large collection of diesel and steam engines. It also features freight cars, passenger cars and cabooses. One of the highlights is the Santa Fe, which is a diesel engine. Another popular attraction is the Texas Limited, which is a passenger train.  From time to time the museum carries out train shows. This means that you get a chance to take a ride on these historic trains.


3. Take a walk at the Strand Historic District

The Strand Historic District

The Strand Historic District is the downtown area of Galveston. It is one of the most attractive areas in Texas. Often referred to simply as ‘the Strand’, the area features many Victorian buildings. Other than that, it also consists of many antique stores, restaurants, galleries and cafes. The Strand is very good for hanging out as well as for shopping and eating out. It is stretched over five blocks and is home to more than 60 buildings. It is also the site for important festivals like the Christmas Dickens Festival.


2. Take a tour of the Grand 1894 Opera House

The Grand 1894 Opera House

The Grand 1894 Opera House is a theater dedicated to the performing arts. It’s a not-for-profit opera house. It was named  The Official Opera House of Texas and can seat 1040 people at one time.  It is one of the oldest structures in Galveston which still hosts theatrical and musical performances. Other than these, it also hosts shows for kids from time to time. One of the popular offering for kids includes the Grand Kids Festival.


1. Enjoy the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a relatively new tourist attraction in the city. It was opened in 2012 on the Gulf of Mexico. This new pier was constructed on the site of the original Pleasure Pier which stood from 1943 to 1961 and was destroyed by a hurricane. It held attractions like an arcade, a ball room and an aquarium. It was also the location of a hotel which was built over the water. The new pier is a fun way to spend time with your family. It includes attractions like roller coasters, restaurants, and various activities and games.

Originally posted 2017-06-28 10:28:44.

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