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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Galveston


Take a break from relaxing beach life and experience the hustle of Houston, one of Texas’ most cosmopolitan cities. It’s known for shopping, sports, arts and fine dining.

53 miles north of Galveston, TX,
Tags: family | day trip | sports

NASA's Johnson Space Center

Head to Clear Lake to visit the Space Center. Musts include the NASA Tram Tour and the Kids Space Place, where guests can walk on the “moon."

32 miles north of Galveston, 1601 NASA Parkway, TX, 281-244-2100,
Tags: family | moderate | historic | day trip

Offshore fishing

Head out for a day on the Gulf of Mexico in a 25-foot sportcraft for a fishing trip; options include offshore fishing charters, plus near-shore, bay, wade, and drift fishing.

Gulf Coast Angling Adventures, Up to 100 miles from Galveston, TX,
Tags: family | day trip | fishing

Pelican Island/Seawolf Park

Just across Galveston Bay is the majestic U.S.S. Cavalla World War II submarine, the U.S.S. Stewart destroyer escort (one of only 3 in the world!), a fishing pier, and a playground.

5 miles north of Galveston, TX, 409-797-5114,
Tags: family | day trip | park

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