Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront
5924 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 740-1088
Fax: (409) 740-1083
Moody Gardens is a picturesque entertainment complex off the West Bay. Established in 1983, it continues to provide education and a living to persons with disabilities. Whether you're on the island for business or pleasure, explore the plethora of experiences it has to offer. The Rainforest Pyramid is home to over 1,000 endangered species of flora and fauna from forests across Asia and Africa. Get up close and personal with Saki Monkeys, macaws and exotic flowers. Aquarium Pyramid is an ode to the Pacific and Atlantic with penguins, seahorses and sharks encompassing the tropical array. Enjoy an astronomic and scientific expedition at the Discovery Pyramid, or the latest blockbuster at the IMAX theater. Laze around on the sandy shores of Palm Beach, Texas's very own paradise complete with a wave pool and river. The pyramids are an oasis of fun and relaxation.
This water park set in an indoor heated pool is fun for the whole family. A day at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will be totally entertaining. Call ahead for varied dates.
World War II flying aces would be proud of this fine collection of restored aircraft from that era. This Galveston museum also showcases old photographs and artifacts along with the planes. It is the perfect outing for an aircraft enthusiast and provides a fun educational experience for kids of all ages. Be prepared for an adventurous trip into the history of aviation. Different events are scheduled throughout the year, including airshows, lectures and special exhibits. For special event information, call the toll-free number listed above. Admission: $6 Adults; Discounts apply for students, senior citizens and groups.
When you visit Galveston, you begin to realize that time has not erased the evidence of the state's early years. The Greek-style home of Samuel May Williams was shipped from Maine by sea in 1839, and is one of the oldest homes still standing in the area. Williams was the state's first banker and was dubbed the "Father of the Texas Navy" because of his unique ability to finance sea-faring vessels for wartime activity. Special points of interest include a stately winding staircase and a second-floor sea-watch window.
A great place to visit, Moody Mansion & Museum is a classic Victorian mansion that has been restored to its former elegance and is an architectural beauty. Built with red brick, limestone, and terracotta tiles around 1892, it was named after its famous owner and Texas business tycoon, W. L. Moody, Junior who resided there until his death in 1954. It stands as a prime example of ornate, early 20th century architecture and contains over 25,000 square feet of living space. Especially notable are the stained glass windows and the fine carved wood used throughout the house. The park called Moody Gardens is also worth a visit for its dynamic nature. Visitors will also admire the beautiful silver and Victorian furnishings.
Does the beauty of the ocean or Victorian architecture draw you like a magnet? If so, the short drive to Galveston is definitely worth your time. The island, originally the home of the Karankawa Indians, was settled by the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte in 1817. The city is now a Gulf Coast Mecca for sun lovers, deep-sea fishermen, picnic lovers, Texas history buffs and scores of other people. With over 30 miles of beaches, parks and picnic areas, visitors come year-round. The visitors center will take care of you with free maps and event and tour information. They can also point you in the right direction to find restaurants and hotels to suit every taste and budget. A second visitors center is located on The Strand for your convenience.
As the state's first free public library, this one has many historical exhibits, archives and artifacts from the lives of prominent Texas pioneers. You will find the writings of Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Samuel May Williams along with famous paintings from the Galveston Art League. Located on the island that was once the site of the state's largest city, it offers a first-rate historical experience to people of all ages.
You will not see wolves in this park, but you will see many interesting things in a beautiful Bay setting. Both large ships and pleasure boats enter and leave the Port of Galveston through this island basin, and you can watch it all from a three-story pavilion in the park. Beyond the beauty of the sea, the main attractions are the displays of military vessels. Take a peek at the World War II submarine, Cavalla, or the destroyer, USS Stewart, among others. Tours are available on request. Kids will enjoy the fishing pier and playground. See website for admission prices and more.
You will probably want to stay at this restored station and explore the train replicas for many hours. The old Santa Fe Depot looks much the same as it did in its 1930s heyday. Multimedia studios will educate you on the history of rail transportation in the area. Located on Galveston's popular Strand, it is the perfect spot to bring the kids for a full day of activities. After all, everyone knows how the little ones feel about trains. See website for admission and complete visitor details.
Everyone is interested in finding out how this popular coastal city got its start. The port was once the state's major transport center, shipping a multitude of goods in and out from around the world. Today it still has the reputation of having the quickest access to open-sea lanes. All the facilities are under the same command center, and no public funds are needed to stay in operation. Other attractions include Fisherman's Wharf, several seaside restaurants and exciting charter boats. You are also welcome to just sit back and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Visit this popular museum to explore the historical highlights of Galveston Island's magnificent past. Located inside a former private bank building (1919) that features artistic design and outstanding ceilings, the museum displays artifacts relating to agriculture, naval history, mercantile history and much more.Changing exhibits provide a broad view of what was once the state's largest and most affluent county. Caught up in the spell, you might even find yourself wanting to go searching for Karankawa artifacts on the beach when you leave. This place opens at 10am from Monday to Saturday and at 12pm on Sunday.
Surrounded by beautiful, restored landmark buildings, fine museums, art galleries, gift shops and delicious seaside restaurants, you will think that you have stepped back into the 19th century. Take the audiotape walking tour down Water Street to learn about the history of the seaport and its Wall Street background, or just enjoy the many other forms of entertainment available. Stop at the actual center for free brochures, event schedules, and to watch a short film about the area. You can also purchase theater tickets for local entertainment before embarking on your journey through the Strand's treasures.