Texas loves to do everything in a big way, so if you're ready for some super-sized fun, head on over to the port city of Galveston. Located on Pelican and Galveston Islands, this amazing city boasts all the delights—such as surfing and water sports—of a resort town, coupled with all the amenities of a metropolis. Downtown Galveston offers trendy art galleries and museums (including a fabulous Pirate Museum), incomparable restaurants featuring fresh, locally harvested seafood, and nightclubs that showcase live entertainment. Plus, many Galveston hotels are located close to downtown, so you can walk to just about all the attractions.
Out and About in Galveston
One of the best ways to get a feel for Galveston is to take a walk along Seawall Boulevard, a beachfront path that's also the longest sidewalk in America. Next, take a walk up The Strand, a boulevard filled with Victorian houses, shops, art galleries, and museums. Two must-see attractions are the Galveston Island Railway Museum (especially if you love trains and railroad history) and the "Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast" Museum. Ready for some sun and sand? You'll find it at Galveston Island State Park, which offers beaches, surfing, kayaking, and a host of other activities. There are plenty of cheap hotels in Galveston, so you can save enough money to indulge in water sports to your heart's content and have enough left for local delicacies.
Eating and Drinking in Galveston
All vacations in Galveston should include plenty of restaurant-hopping so that you can enjoy Galveston's pride and joy: fresh-caught, locally harvested seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. While you're here, be sure to fill up on shrimp, oysters, and the city's signature dish, Texas-style gumbo. Next, finish off your night at one of the many downtown bars showcasing local musicians—country music is big here, but you'll also find jazz, blues, and karaoke. Ready to go? Travelocity can search over 400 airlines and more than 510,000 hotels worldwide to help you find cheap flights to Houston, as well as hotels in Galveston, TX.