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Things to do in Galveston

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Galveston. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Galveston attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Galveston to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Galveston.

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  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

    This multi-million dollar entertainment zone is loaded with amusements and rides such as the Iron Shark Rollercoaster, Texas Teacups, and Pier Pile... More
  • La King's Confectionery

    Meet Ernest Torres, a master candy maker, as he pulls saltwater taffy—and if you’re luck, he’ll throw you a treat. House-made fudge and malts from ... More
  • Star Drug Store

    “The oldest drug store in Texas,” where you can sit at the horseshoe counter while sipping an egg cream or cherry fountain soda. More
  • Stewart Beach

    Of the area’s 32 miles of beach, this is one of the best for families thanks to picnic tables, lifeguards, public restrooms, volleyball tournaments... More

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