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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Galveston

Bishop's Palace

This Victorian castle, named one of the U.S.’s 100 most important buildings, is known for its 1888 architecture and opulent colored stone, rare woods, and intricate carvings.

1402 Broadway, TX, 409-762-2475,
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history

Port of Galveston/Galveston Wharves

What began as a trading post in 1825 is now an 850-acre port than ranks among the top terminals for cruise ships headed to the Caribbean. Sailing is seasonal, however, so check for up-too-date schedules at the Port of Galveston website.

2024 Seawall Blvd., TX, 409-765-9321,
Tags: family | cruise | things to do | history


This year-round waterpark is a family favorite. Kids love Treasure Island rides while adults get a kick out of adrenaline-pumpers like Cliffhanger, an 81-foot freefall.

2026 Lockheed Rd., TX, 409-770-9283,
Tags: family | smart splurge | things to do | water park

Texas Aviation Hall of Fame

What began as a private collection is now a public museum of World War II warbirds and military planes. Aviation fans can even take to the skies in a B-25 Mitchell bomber.

Galveston International Airport, 2002 Terminal Dr., TX, 888-359-5736,
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | culture | museum

Texas Seaport Museum

Explore the ship Elissa, built in Scotland in 1877. At the museum next door, learn about the state’s oceangoing economy (especially the shrimping industry).

21 Pier #8, TX, 409-763-1877,
Tags: family | things to do | culture | museum

The Colonel Paddlewheeler

Spot birds and dolphins and enjoy a narrated tour of the city’s history as you boat through Offats Bayou, an inlet off the bay.

Moody Gardens, Seawall and 81st St., TX, 888-740-7797,
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history

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