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Things to do in Galveston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park
“A childhood favorite that I highly recommend each tourist to engage in with their children! Each pyramid consists of various types of wildlife, ranging from bats to penguins and various different types of Mammals. It even has a butterfly pyramid! How cool is that? ”
  • 95 locals recommend
Theme Park
“There are games, shops, live music (check website for lineup) events restaurants etc. Its a great place to hang out. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Water Park
“It's an hour plus hike to Galveston but once there, there is a lot to do. Moody Garden, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Beaches, Touring, and shopping at The Strand!!! ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“With 5 venues in one beachfront location, this makes for a great place to grab a bite, have a few drinks, and enjoy live entertainment all while watching the waves.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Café
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“Sunday brunch is a local thing. Be prepared to wait for a table. However, weekday lunch you’ll get right in.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Place to shop
“It was once billed as The Manhattan of the South — until the turn-of-the-century storm came along. Texas’s Titanic tale of tragedy. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The breakfast is really good. Neat in town place. worth a visit for breakfast for sure.”
  • 57 locals recommend
History Museum
“Extremely interesting home to tour which depicts Galveston’s historical past.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Fun atmosphere with outdoor seating and a neat second story nook study area. Delicious coffees including espresso and specialty drinks. Also baked goods! ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“Grilled seafood and steak with a South American / Central American sabor. Lunch is casual, no shorts allowed at dinner. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This is the original location which offers a different menu and is the locals favorite. Fried fish, crab, crawfish poorboys and plates makes up most of the menu. They do offer salads and their kids menu has 4 out of 5 seafood items. Just like an Islander to start the kids off right with some fried shrimp! ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Museum
“One of the founding families in Galveston. Tour the home and be transported back in time.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Galveston Island State park is on both sides of San Luis Pass. You can explore beach side and enjoy a day of sun and waves. Picnic tables and showers are available. Nature Preserve continues onto the other side of San Luis Pass. You can cross road on bikes, walk or drive. Enjoy hiking, bird watching and fishing.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Our go to beach, it’s on the dirty side of the Gulf so the water is not clear clean. Great restaurants and family oriented.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Longtime upscale restaurant located on the seawall. A Galveston landmark for seafood”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bakery
“Local favorite. Breakfast and lunch only. Save room for a huge piece of cake! This little gem is about 50 steps from the cottage.”
  • 37 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Burger Restaurant
“With 5 venues in one beachfront location, this makes for a great place to grab a bite, have a few drinks, and enjoy live entertainment all while watching the waves.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Café
“Sunday brunch is a local thing. Be prepared to wait for a table. However, weekday lunch you’ll get right in.”
  • 79 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The breakfast is really good. Neat in town place. worth a visit for breakfast for sure.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“Grilled seafood and steak with a South American / Central American sabor. Lunch is casual, no shorts allowed at dinner. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This is the original location which offers a different menu and is the locals favorite. Fried fish, crab, crawfish poorboys and plates makes up most of the menu. They do offer salads and their kids menu has 4 out of 5 seafood items. Just like an Islander to start the kids off right with some fried shrimp! ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Longtime upscale restaurant located on the seawall. A Galveston landmark for seafood”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Definitely a unique restaurant with great food and local flair. You won't be disappointed with any of their sandwiches or pizza. Their desserts are amazing and BIG portions.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Beach front location and fresh fare makes Miller's Seawall Grill a Galveston favorite for locals and visitors alike. While we prepare meals, our guests relax and enjoy the atmosphere and views. Our full menu is available all day.”
  • 32 locals recommend

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