Gulfy Galveston

This jaunt to the Gulf Coast offers scenery, shopping and everything in between. Architecture- and history-lovers, shoppers, bird-watchers, sunbathers and those who appreciate fine dining all fall under the island’s spell. Enjoy high times during the popular Mardi Gras Festival each February or go to Victorian London in December when the Dickens on the Strand Festival creates a 19th-century-England environment.

Most of Historic Galveston’s gorgeous buildings still stand after 2008’s Hurricane Ike, thanks to the Galveston Historical Foundation. Take one of that group’s year-round home tours to explore the city as it was in the 1900s.

The Strand, a popular historic district, lures visitors with the promise of souvenirs and delectable Gulf seafood. Within walking distance, you’ll find the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the 1877 Scottish-built sailing ship Elissa, and the Lone Star Flight Museum, where you can take a ride in a historic WWII airplane.

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