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Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
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Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
From $142.00
 
Haunted Legends Segway Experience
"On this haunted segway tour your guide will share information about the most haunted city in Texas and one of the most haunted cities in the country. Galveston Island has often been described as the cemetery with a beach attached as the small island on the south eastern coast has survived plagues great fires war and hurricanes. On September 8 1900 the island was struck by a hurricane that holds the record as the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The city was desolated and an estimated 6
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Galveston and Galveston County

Galveston is a very nice town of about 48,000(down 17% since 2000) located on an island off the Texas coast at the end of Interstate 45in GalvestonCounty in the Gulf Coast part of Southeast Texas. The island was an Akoksia Indian site and the Karankawa Indians used it as a hunting and fishing site. The island was visited by early European explorers and the pirate Jean Laffite established a settlement here in 1817. The port here was the headquarters for the Texas Navy during the Texas Revolution. Galveston was even, briefly, the capitol of the Republic of Texas. In 1838, a town was established here and the next year the Texas Legislature granted incorporation to Galveston. Firsts in Texas claimed by Galveston include: The first medical college, the first electric lights, the first Catholic convent, the first golf course, first opera house, first post office, first hospital, and organization of the Texas Bar Association. Galveston was devastated by a hurricane in 1900 when 6000 people were killed and 37,000 buildings were destroyed. Two years later a seawall was built to protect the town during hurricanes and it has proven its worth several times since then. Galveston was notorious for gambling and other things during prohibition until the Texas Rangers raided it in 1957. Today the 32 miles of beaches, variety of attractions, and natural beauty make Galveston a very popular tourist destination.
A great place to start your tour of Galveston is the Visitors Center located in Ashton Villa. Here the friendly local experts can show you films about the town, give you maps, brochures and other literature, and make recommendations to help you get the maximum enjoyment out of your visit based on your budget, time on hand, and interests. The center is located with Aston Villa an Italianate style home built in 1859. At various times during the Civil War, Aston Villa was a Confederate and a Union Headquarters. Aston Villa was the site of the first Juneteenth Celebration on 19 June 1865 when area slaves learned they were freed. The visitor’s center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Tours of Aston Villa are available 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday. There is another visitor’s center downtown in the "Old Strand" Section.

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Ashton Villa & Heritage Visitors Center

This is a beautifully restored antebellum house which was built in 1859 and set a standard of the homes that followed. The house was furnished with lovely antiques and family heirlooms and was owned by one of Texas' wealthiest businessmen James Moreau Brown. It is now home to the Heritage Visitors Center which offers complete visitors services as well as brochures, maps and local information.

Open : Mon-Sat: 10am - 5pm, Sun: Noon - 5pm. Tours: 7 days Noon - 4pm, on the hour.
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Things to Do Near Galveston

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Moody Mansion and Museum

Built in 1893 by Narcissa Willis, a wealthy widow, this house was bought by the Moody family in 1899 and was held by them until 1986 when it was turned into a museum. The house is not as impressive to...
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Galveston Island railroad Museum

The Galveston Railroad Museum houses one of the largest collections of railroad cars (over 35 railroad cars) and memorabilia in the nation. The museum is housed in the restored 1913 railroad depot...
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Seawall

The historic seawall of Galveston is a lot of fun. You can jog, walk, or bicycle in the area. A lot of history and information is provided. It is a good spot to bring the family. Check out the new...
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Bishop's Palace

Built for lawyer Walter Gresham in 1893. This house was later bought by the catholic church to be used as a Bishop's residence. the house today is open for self guided tours and incorporates the best...
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Stewart Beach

This is by far the best beach in Galveston. On Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays they have Volleyball Tournaments (Those were the good days when I used to play in them) and they also have one of...
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Seawolf Park

The official Galveston site describes the featured submarine in this way: The Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf. The Cavalla was a Gato...
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