Does the beauty of the ocean or Victorian architecture draw you like a magnet? If so, the short drive to Galveston is ... More
Galveston Island Visitors Center
Does the beauty of the ocean or Victorian architecture draw you like a magnet? If so, the short drive to Galveston is definitely worth your time. The island, originally the home of the Karankawa Indians, was settled by the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte in 1817. The city is now a Gulf Coast Mecca for sun lovers, deep-sea fishermen, picnic lovers, Texas history buffs and scores of other people. With over 30 miles of beaches, parks and picnic areas, visitors come year-round. The visitors center will take care of you with free maps and event and tour information. They can also point you in the right direction to find restaurants and hotels to suit every taste and budget. A second visitors center is located on The Strand for your convenience.
I agree with the person who wrote about the litter on the beaches and roadsides in Galveston. I lived California for 21 years and I have never seen such trash on the beach. People just don't seem to care. Maybe if there were strict littering fines that could be enforced, that might help. Annonymous
The island has so many great & fun things to do, & the city does a good job of keeping things clean & picked up during the fall & winter. My complaint is the dogs that are allowed on the beaches & seawall. The owners don't clean up after them, so you need to be careful where you step on the beach & around the statues. Also, the free ferry has fallen victim to security problems. Our car was searched twice, & the line at night to get back on from Bolivar was an hour & a half.
We like eating on the seawall. It seems to be less expensive than the Strand.
Our hotel (The Commodore) was wonderful, & the staff there is friendly & very helpful. We like the location, being able to just walk across the street to the beach!
I think the new location of the Visitor's Center needs to be advertised all over the island! It's hard to find, & the signs either give info for the old location, or they aren't clear.
It's worth the time & money to ge there, & is our first choice every time!
A excelent place to stay, Staff was very freindly and the room was clean. Had a reservation for thee night left early and was not charged for the third night. Will stay here again when we visit galveston. The pool side bar was very nice.
I'm currently stationed in Galveston for the next couple of years. The entire island period could seriously benefit from some strict littering laws; beaches are a mess on the seawall. I'm also shocked at the many stop signs that are covered by over growing bushes and view of traffic coming at almost any given cross section. It's a joke when you have to slowly move your car out to the center of potential traffic just to be able to see if a car is coming. The Island has many things to do and see but it needs to clean it's act up.