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Galveston is a city on the southern coast of Texas, located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,762 residents. Galveston, which became a major U.S. port and commercial center during the 19th century, is home to six historic districts. It's one of the largest and most historically significant collections of 19th-century buildings in the U.S., listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Galveston Island is about 45 miles southeast of downtown Houston. A deepwater channel connects Galveston harbor with the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. There are dozens of things to do in Galveston. The top attraction is the beach and all the beach activities such as swimming, sunning, surfing, fishing, shelling and more. The island also offers golf, birding, hiking, and biking. The Galveston seawall is over ten miles long - the world's "longest continuous sidewalk" large enough for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, skaters and sightseers. Probably the second top attraction in Galveston is the 242-acre Moody Gardens, which is called "part theme park, part pleasure garden and part educational and rehabilitation facility. This lush environment contains tropical plants and three glass pyramids that house a 10-story rainforest, one of the world's largest aquariums, and an educational Discovery Museum. The complex also includes IMAX theaters, a beach, freshwater lagoon, a 19th century-style paddle wheeler, a Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a luxury hotel. Museums are abundant in Galveston and other attractions include the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, historic home tours, shopping, a huge waterpark, and fine dining.

Surrounding areas: Tiki Island, Texas (7.0 mi), Bayou Vista, Texas (8.7 mi), Crystal Beach, Texas (14.4 mi), Kemah, Texas (21.4 mi), Caplen, Texas (21.5 mi), Seabrook, Texas (22.8 mi), Surfside Beach, Texas (38.6 mi)

Galveston Vacation Rentals

Galveston Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Baymont Inn & Suites2826 63rd StGalveston, TX (409) 744-3000
Bob Smith Yacht Club601 Holiday Dr NGalveston, TX (409) 762-1253
Comfort Inn & Suites102 E Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 766-7070
Comfort Suites3606 89th StGalveston, TX (409) 741-9977
Days Inn Galveston6107 BroadwayGalveston, TX (409) 740-2491
Econo Lodge - Galveston3924 Ave UGalveston, TX (800) 424-6423
Econolodge Galveston2825 61ST StGalveston, TX (409) 744-7133
Galveston Island Hilton Resort5400 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 744-5000
Hampton Inn & Suites6431 Central City BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 744-5600
Holiday Inn On The Beach5002 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 740-3581
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort1702 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 762-4141
Hotel Galvez2024 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 765-7721
Howard Johnson Express Inn Galveston8216 Harborside DrGalveston, TX (409) 744-1100
Howard Johnson2525 Jones DrGalveston, TX (409) 740-1155
Inn On The Strand2021 StrandGalveston, TX (409) 762-4444
La Quinta Inn & Suites8710 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 740-9100
La Quinta Motor Inn #687 Galveston1402 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 763-1224
Moody Gardens Hotel And Conference CenterOne Hope BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 683-4000
Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention CenterSeven Hope BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 741-8484
Motel 6 #343 Galveston"7404 Ave""j"""Galveston, TX (409) 740-3794
Ramada Limited2300 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 762-1166
San Luis Hotel5222 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 744-1500
Super 8 Motel2825 1/2 B 61st StGalveston, TX (409) 740-6640
The Reef Resort8502 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (409) 740-0492
The Tremant House2300 Ships Mechanic RowGalveston, TX (409) 763-0300
The Victorian Condo Hotel6300 Seawall BlvdGalveston, TX (800) 231-6363
Fairfield Inn2320 FM 2004Texas City, TX8.5 mi.(409) 986-6686
La Quinta #533 Texas City1121 Hwy 146 NTexas City, TX8.5 mi.(409) 948-3101
Econolodge1902 Texas AveTexas City, TX9.5 mi.(409) 945-7727
Texas City Fairfield Inn By Marriott10700 Emmett F LowryTexas City, TX15.5 mi.(409) 986-3866
Days Inn & Suites - Dickinson3711 Hughes RdDickinson, TX17.7 mi.(281) 534-9800
Travelodge Inn & Suites5201 Gulf FwyLa Marque, TX19.3 mi.(409) 986-9777
Kemahescape617 9th StKemah, TX21.2 mi.(281) 538-3200
Oakwood/the Park At Waterford Harbor1420 Marina Bay DrHouston, TX22.1 mi.(713) 995-5111
Comfort Inn & Suites2901 Nasa PkwySeabrook, TX22.7 mi.(281) 326-3301
Hampton Inn3000 Nasa PkwySeabrook, TX22.7 mi.(281) 532-9200
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites2720 Nasa Rd OneSeabrook, TX22.7 mi.(281) 326-7200
La Quinta Inn & Suites Seabrook3636 Nasa PkwySeabrook, TX22.7 mi.(281) 326-7300
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center2500 Southshore BlvdLeague City, TX22.9 mi.(713) 334-1000
Oakwood/the Palms At South Shore1201 Enterprise AveLeague City, TX23.6 mi.(713) 995-5111

Galveston Weather & Climate

The Central Southeast coast of Texas has a humid subtropical climate according to the Koppen climate classification system. Prevailing winds from the south and southeast bring both heat from the deserts of Mexico and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Summer temperatures are very hot and the humidity drives the heat index even higher. Winters are temperate with January highs generally above 60 F and lows near 50 F. Snowfall is rare. Average annual rainfall is well over 40 inches a year. Hurricanes and tropical storms are an ever-present threat during the summer and fall season. Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula are generally at the greatest risk for hurricanes in this region.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 49°F 4.08 in. -
February 64°F 51°F 2.61 in. -
March 70°F 58°F 2.76 in. -
April 75°F 64°F 2.56 in. -
May 81°F 72°F 3.70 in. -
June 86°F 77°F 4.04 in. -
July 88°F 79°F 3.45 in. -
August 89°F 79°F 4.22 in. -
September 86°F 75°F 5.76 in. -
October 79°F 68°F 3.49 in. -
November 71°F 59°F 3.64 in. -
December 64°F 51°F 3.53 in. -

Galveston Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Ellington Field (EFD) located about 30 miles northwest of Galveston in Houston, Texas, the William P Hobby airport (HOU) located approximately 37 miles northwest of Galveston in Houston, Texas, the Sugar Land Regional airport (SGR) located roughly 56 miles northwest of Galveston in Houston, Texas, and finally the George Bush Intcntl Houston airport (IAH) located around 57 miles northwest of Galveston in Houston, Texas.

Galveston Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Stewart Beach ParkGalvestonTX 
Six Flags AstroWorldHoustonTX46.6 mi.
Water Parks
SplashTown WaterparkSpringTX65.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Galveston Island Municipal Golf CourseGalvestonTX 
Lakeview Country ClubLa MarqueTX10.7 mi.
Bayou Golf ClubTexas CityTX13.2 mi.
Dickinson Country ClubDickinsonTX17.4 mi.
Beacon Lakes Golf ClubDickinsonTX18.7 mi.
Chaparral Golf ClubDickinsonTX18.7 mi.
Green River Golf ClubDickinsonTX18.7 mi.
Magnolia Creek Golf LinksLeague CityTX22.3 mi.
Alvin Golf & Country ClubAlvinTX27.9 mi.
Bay Forest Golf CourseLa PorteTX27.9 mi.
Hillcrest Golf ClubAlvinTX27.9 mi.
Friendswood Country ClubFriendswoodTX28.6 mi.
State Parks
Galveston Island State ParkTX12.0 mi. 
San Jacinto State ParkTX34.7 mi. 
Texas Seaport MuseumGalvestonTX(History)
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & MuseumGalvestonTX(Miscellaneous)
Houston Maritime MuseumHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Menil CollectionHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Houston Museum of Natural ScienceHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Science)
Museum of Health and Medical ScienceHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Science)
Museum of Printing HistoryHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Technology)
Contemporary Arts MuseumHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Art)
Museum of Fine ArtsHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Art)
Rice University Art GalleryHoustonTX46.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Rainforest at Moody GardensGalvestonTX 
Houston Zoological GardensHoustonTX46.6 mi.

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