Attractions in Galveston

Galveston's Bishop's Palace
Galveston's Bishop's Palace is an architectural masterpiece listed as one of the most important buildings in America by the American Institute of Architects. This elegant museum was completed in 1892 by the original owner Colonel Walter Gresham. No expense was spared by Colonel Gresham, and the mansion was built using only the finest wood and stone materials available at the time. The mansion is designed to resemble a castle from Victorian England. Private tours, group tours and self-guided audio tours are all available.

Seawolf Park
The highlight of a visit to Seawolf Park is the chance to tour two extraordinary naval vessels. The USS Cavalla is a World War II submarine with a distinguished battle history. This submarine was honored for sinking a prominent Japanese aircraft carrier. The submarine was utilized by the Navy until 1971. The USS Stewart is the other attraction at Seawolf Park. This ship served as a destroyer and convoy escort in the Atlantic theatre. Vistors may tour both ships and then relax at this beautiful park on Galveston Harbor.

Lone Star Flight Museum
The Lone Star Flight Museum has everything the aviation enthusiast could ever wish for. One portion of this museum is dedicated as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, which honors great flyers with some Texas connection. Those honored include former President George H.W. Bush and Wiley Post. The museum also houses several aircraft from the World War II era including a B-17 bomber and a Spitfire fighter aircraft. What really makes a visit to the Lone Star Flight Museum something special is the opportunity to fly in one of several operational World War II aircraft.

Galveston Island State Park
Although damaged by the hurricanes that struck the Galveston region, Galveston Island State Park is still a beautiful place to spend time viewing the wild creatures that make this park their home. The park is well known for its spectacular bird watching opportunities, and hikers often spot raccoons, armadillos, and marsh rabbits.

Texas Seaport Museum
With its location on the Gulf of Mexico, much of Galveston's history is linked with the sea. The Texas Seaport Museum traces the history of Galveston as a center of sea commerce and a port of immigration. The main attraction at the museum is the tall ship Elissa built in 1877. The Elissa exists today due to the efforts of the Galveston Historical Society. The restoration of this vessel is so complete that the Elissa is still capable of sailing.