Galveston Island: One Hour Southeast on I-45

Post Office Street in Downtown Galveston, Near the Strand

Post Office Street in Downtown Galveston, Near the Strand

Galveston, population 50,000, is a barrier island one-hour’s drive from downtown Houston; just head southeast on I-45 (a.k.a. the Gulf Freeway). Popular before Houston’s founding, Galveston is filled with streets and structures affording a look at the Gulf Coast’s nineteenth-century past. In recent decades, the city endured many a hurricane and tropical storm, but now it is back and an important link to the area’s settlement and natural environs.

Popular Galveston attractions include the following:

The Strand Historic District: downtown area filled with shops and restaurants near where cruise ships dock; has a New Orleans flavor; centered on Strand St., but also see the art galleries and local stores along Post Office St.

The Strand Historic District, Galveston

The Strand Historic District, Galveston

Tours of Historic Homes: Bishop’s Palace (1402 Broadway Ave. J) and the Moody Mansion (2618 Broadway Ave. J) are among the large, historic homes turned museums worth visiting for architecture and antique lovers

Beach: along the southern and eastern ends of the island (opposite the Strand Historic District); metered parking along Seawall Blvd.; restaurant and bars offering good views include The Spot (3204 Seawall Blvd), and see the LGBT-friendly bar The Sandbox (3102 Seawall Blvd.)

Galveston Beach

Galveston Beach

Pleasure Pier: (2501 Seawall Blvd.): Galveston’s newest attraction, featuring a roller-coaster and carnival rides

Pleasure Pier at Galveston

Pleasure Pier at Galveston

Moody Gardens: (1 Hope Blvd.): linked pyramids containing an aquarium, a mini-rainforest, 3-D and 4-D theaters, traveling exhibits, and more; great for children

Moody Gardens, Galveston

Moody Gardens, Galveston

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3 responses to “Galveston Island: One Hour Southeast on I-45

  1. Thanks for your query, Carie! Unfortunately, there is no public transportation that runs between Houston and Galveston. However, I just contacted Island Breeze Shuttle (http://www.islandbreezeshuttle.com/), which provides shuttles for people taking cruises out of Galveston, to request a quote and to see if they serve people who are traveling from downtown Houston to Galveston. I’ll post again if I learn of anything promising!

    –Nathan Shepley

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  2. A few more details about Island Breeze Shuttle (phone: 409-770-0100): they can take people from the Hilton Americas-Houston to Galveston and back. However, they would need you to make a reservation and pay via credit card in advance, and they are filling up quickly. The estimates I received today are $190 for two people going to Galveston and back and $540, gratuity included, for a group of 10 people going to Galveston and back. Currently, they have more openings on weekdays than weekends.

    ALSO–or instead–I want to thank CCCC Local Chair Jen Wingard for notifying me about the Galveston Express, a more affordable shuttle connecting Houston and Galveston.

    –Nathan Shepley

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