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Located just 50 miles from Houston. Galveston Island is easy to reach from virtually anywhere in Texas, yet unlike any place else on the Gulf Coast. A unique and eclectic coastal town that combines high-brow and down home mixed with a little Texas attitude thrown in for good measure, Galveston is an island rich in history and charm.

An island all of its own, Galveston Texas is a hot destination for those seeking a getaway that encompasses everything from relaxing to participating in many adventurous activities. Fun events like Kitefest, Springfest and the biggest party of all, Mardi Gras, is Galveston’s forte Shops, restaurants, miles of beaches, happening nightlife, great weather, and a wealth of history highlight only some of the fantastic Galveston tourist attractions. A huge list of things to do in Galveston Texas will keep visitors occupied throughout any visit, short or long.

Sunset - Galveston Island

Sunrise at the Beach

Moody Gardens, Galveston

Moody Gardens features a 10 story Rainforest Pyramid offering an incredible tropical environment, and is home to the largest bat exhibit in the Southwest. The IMAX 3D will keep you jumping out of your seat, and the experience is so real you'll reach out to touch what seems to be inches away. Palm Beach offers a white sand beach with a blue lagoon and lots of fun for kids. The Discovery Pyramid features a host of interactive exhibits where visitors can learn about the wonders of science, and take a fascinating adventure ride in the IMAX Ridefilm Theater. Moody Gardens newest attraction, the Aquarium Pyramid, is one of the largest in the world, and features 100,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing the waters of the world.

Aquarium Pyramid

Dive into the depths of the four oceans of the world by exploring the complex beauty and seemingly endless species of marine life of the North Pacific. Tropical self guided tour typically lasting an hour.

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

The authentic replica of an 1800’s Paddlewheeler features daily hour-long cruises of Offats Bayou.  Dinner and private cruises are also available for groups of 65 or more.

Cruise Time (weather permitting)

April-Labor Day 12, 2 & 4PM.
Labor Day-March 3lst at 2PM.

Discovery Pyramid

Experience mysteries of science with traveling and interactive exhibits that make each of your visits unique. Whether it’s a Star Party, our weather station, or the latest science has to offer, there is always something new to see and do.

IMAX® 3DTheater

Slip on your 3D glasses and join the adventure! Moody Gardens is home to Americas first 3D Theater and offers spectacular images on our six-story IMAX screen. Our 400-seat theater features 3D and 2D films from the worlds foremost filmmakers.

Show times begin on the hour.

Ridefilm Theater

America’s first Ridefilm Theater takes you on a rocking and rolling journey through your world. These specially designed theaters, featuring our 18-seat motion based pods and 180-degree wrap around screens, keep you in the action. You’re not just watching a spectacular film, you’re in it! Children MUST BE 42 INCHES TO RIDE. PREGNANT WOMEN are not advised to ride.

Palm Beach

Relax in fresh-water lagoons surrounded by soft white sand beaches and tropical landscaping. Enjoy crystal clear waterfalls, regulation sand volleyball courts, paddleboats and a yellow submarine for the little ones.

Seasonal Hours Only

Rainforest Pyramid

Our 10-story glass Rainforest Pyramid is home to thousands of species of tropical plants, exotic butterflies, birds and fish native to the rainforests of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Discover mysterious wonders of nature with crashing waterfalls and quiet streams, a Bat Cave and Butterfly Hatching Hut, and an ever-changing array of tropical plants.

One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX
               1-800-582-4673        
www.moodygardens.com

Schlitterbahn, Galveston

Splash into one of the Hottest, Coolest Times in Texas! The newest Schlitterbahn park features uphill water coasters, water slides, kid's playgrounds, whitewater rapids, wave pool, hot tubs, plus the Boogie Bahn surf ride. And the exclusive Transportainment river system makes Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark the ultimate family destination.

Voted America's #1 Indoor Waterpark!

WATERPARK FUN ISN''T JUST FOR SUMMER ANYMORE! Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is also the world's first convertible waterpark and is the third waterpark in the Schlitterbahn family of Texas parks. The summer season offer more than 32 family-friendly attractions.

Following the tradition of ride innovation that Schlitterbahn is known for, the new Galveston Island park is the first convertible waterpark with an entire area that can be opened or closed for indoor / outdoor year-round operation. During the Wasserfest Heated Indoor Season, the Wasserfest area is converted to an indoor waterpark and features a dozen heated attractions. (The water and air are always in the 80s!)

New in 2007: Blastenhoff! The new area features seven new attractions, more picnic tables, more lounge chairs, more shade and more guest amenities. The massive Blastenhoff expansion increased the park’s guest areas by almost 30%.

With its huge array of awesome aquatic adventures, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island can be your personal happy place!

2026 Lockheed Street, Galveston, TX
               409-770-9283        
www.schlitterbahn.com

Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston

The Lone Star Flight Museum is home to one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation. Over 40 restored aircraft are displayed and most are in working condition. The collection includes WWII Fighters, Bombers, Liaison Trainers, and Executive Planes.

The museum is a volunteer, not-for-profit, tax exempt 501 (c) (3), educational museum, dedicated to the men and women who developed aviation to the science it is today; and, to the memory and spirit of those who flew in the defense of our country and freedom throughout the world. This self-supporting membership organization derives funds from admissions, donations and fund raising activities. No State or Federal funding is received. All donations are tax deductible within IRS guidelines.

Fly-in visits are encouraged (GLS Unicom - 123.05).

The mission of the Lone Star Flight Museum is to inform and educate the public of their aviation heritage and history by: acquiring, restoring to flying condition and preserving a collection of aircraft representing the evolution of aircraft design and operational capabilities; acquiring, preserving and displaying artifacts and memorabilia depicting the development of aviation; providing a facility for the proper display and preservation of the collection and a suitable setting for aviation memorials; and establishing a membership to support the aviation heritage collection in the highest museum standards.

2002 Terminal Drive, Galveston, TX
               409-740-7722        
www.lsfm.org

The Strand, Galveston

A revered historical district in Galveston, The Strand encompasses the charm and welcoming feel of the city’s small town ambience. Shops, restaurants, museums and galleries offer just a few of the Galveston attractions worth checking out in the area. Visit during the evening and enjoy Galveston nightlife over a few drinks. Ankle Express is all you’ll need for transportation in this favorite walking district.

Galveston Shopping

The Galveston Strand shopping district is one of the main attractions of the island with stores housed in elegant Victorian buildings, leisurely horse and carriage rides, gorgeous window displays, and stores full of merchandise from around the world. With all the art galleries, antique galleries, gift and collectible boutiques, and dining establishments, one could spend several days exploring fully the intricacies of The Galveston Strand and Downtown Galveston.

The Strand, Galveston, TX
www.thestrand.com

The Seawall, Galveston

The Galveston Seawall, USA, constructed in 1902, is a seawall that was built after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 for protection from future hurricanes. The Seawall has never been overtopped by a storm surge from hurricanes but waves from the storms have caused considerable damage to buildings that line Seawall Boulevard. Texas F.M. 3005, otherwise known as Seawall Boulevard along the wall, runs along the Seawall.

The seawall is presently 10 miles long. It is approximately 17 feet high, and 16 feet thick at its base. The seawall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2001.

Many miles of the wall are painted with murals, called "wall art". These huge murals are painted by children, and depict underwater life. The art is designed to make the seawall more interesting to visitors

Today the Seawall is lined with shops, restaurants and hotels.  A stroll or bike ride along the Seawall is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Grand Old Opera House, Galveston

The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand "The Official Opera House of Texas."

Galvestonians exhibited great vision in 1894 when they undertook to support the arts in Galveston by construction of The Grand. A later generation of Galvestonians renewed that commitment with equal vision when they undertook to save and restore The Grand in 1974.

In 1894, Henry Greenwall raised the needed funds of $100,000 for construction with substantial commitments from a handful of prominent businessmen and civic-minded Galvestonians. When $8 million was raised for the Grand's restoration between 1974 and 1990, it was a remarkable community effort which included the volunteer efforts of literally thousands of residents from Galveston county, the greater Houston area and the state of Texas.

Support came from individuals, the business and corporate community, local government and, of course, included generous foundation support from around the state and nation. Chief among these were the generous leadership gifts of the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Moody Foundation, Houston Endowment and the subsequent gifts of George and Cynthia Mitchell to help complete the restoration.

Due to the foresight and generosity of several generations of Galvestonians, The Grand stands today as an important linkage to Galveston’s past and an important part of it’s future.

Molly’s Pub

When in Galveston, don't miss Molly's Pub, an authentic Irish pub serving over 60 draft beers from around the world, as well as offering a full-service bar.

Molly's is located on historic Postoffice Street, the heart of Galveston's arts and entertainment district, and within steps of O'Malley's Stage Door Pub, The Grand 1894 Opera House, Old Cellar Bar, and a host of tantalizing restaurants.

2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX
               800-821-1894        
www.thegrand.com

Seawolf Park, Galveston

Seawolf Park features a 3-story pavilion, the USS CAVALLA (WWII Submarine) ; the USS STEWART (destroyer escort - one of only 3 in the world); a Fishing Pier ; and a Playground. The park was built on an immigration station site and offers a three-story pavilion with a view of Galveston harbor, picnic sites, a playground area and a lighted fishing pier. Seawolf Park is available for company picnics, school field trips, and private parties.

The Cavalla

The Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf. The Cavalla was a Gato class fleet sub, designed and built in the summer of 1943 by the Electric Boat Company and launched on November 14, 1943. She was commissioned on Feb. 29, 1944, the first "leap year" boat built by E.B. On June 19, 1944, on her maiden patrol, she sank the 30,000 ton aircraft carrier Shokaku (veteran of Pearl Harbor and Battle of Coral Sea). This earned her the Presidential Unit Citation.

After the war, the Cavalla was decommissioned in 1946. She was brought back to service in 1951 and assigned to the Submarine Squadron 10 in New London, Conn. To meet the Soviet threat, she underwent conversion in 1952 to a new class of American sub--the SSK (hunter/killer).

On January 21, 1971, the U.S. Navy transferred possession of Cavalla to the Texas Submarine Veterans of WWII. The Cavalla was then delivered to her permanent berth in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas.

Gulf coast locals usually refer to the Cavalla as the "Seawolf", mistaking the name of the memorial park for that of the submarine on exhibit there. Next to her is the USS Stewart DE-238.

Cavalla is currently enjoying a renaissance; volunteer efforts are at a ten year high, the local press has covered her history and renovation, and efforts are underway to bring her back to the proud state her crews maintained.

The USS Stewart

The Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston and the Cavalla Historical Foundation proudly announce that the USS Stewart (DE-238) has officially been sited in the National Register of Historic Places by the Texas Historic Commission.

One of only two surviving destroyer escorts in the United States, the USS Stewart is berthed at Seawolf Park alongside the historic submarine, USS Cavalla, on Pelican Island.

Built at Brown Shipbuilding Company in Houston, Texas in 1942, and commissioned May 31, 1943, the 307 foot destroyer escort USS Stewart, is the second ship named for Rear Admiral Charles Stewart, commander of the USS Constitution from 1813 to 1815. Stewart began her service as a school ship, training student officers prior to escorting President Roosevelt in the presidential yacht down the Potomac River to rendezvous with USS Iowa in the Chesapeake Bay for his mission to Casablanca and Tehran. She commenced North Atlantic convoy operations in 1944, making 30 crossings with occasional enemy submarine and aircraft encounters. Stewart was moved to the Pacific theater in 1945, to conduct training exercises out of Pearl Harbor until the end of the war.

Decommissioned in late 1945, she was formally donated to Seawolf Park in 1972, where participants of the Save Our Ship Program, a dedicated group of talented volunteers and veterans, have been restoring and maintaining her. The group meets the second week of each month to work on the ship, including acting as tour guides. Approximately 600 Navy veterans nationwide have a special interest in Stewart and are dedicated to keeping her valiant service memory alive.

51st Street, Galveston, TX
               409-797-5114        
www.galveston.com/seawolfpark

Moody Mansion, Galveston

Bought by W.L. Moody six days after the 1900 storm (reportedly for “ten cents on the dollar”), this imposing 28,000-square-foot limestone and-brick mansion has 32 rooms filled with opulent furnishings and heirlooms from one of Texas’s most powerful families.

When W.L. Moody died in 1954, TIME magazine proclaimed him one of the 10 wealthiest men in the country. Moody’s philanthropist daughter, Mary Moody Northen, made her social debut in the mansion’s ballroom in 1911 and lived here (with no air conditioning, but a year-round Christmas tree) until it was damaged by hurricane Alicia in 1983. It was subsequently restored with 1900- era furnishings. Notice the gold leaf ceiling in the dining room and the beautiful stained-glass panel in the entry hall of a family welcoming visitors with the words “Welcome ever smiled.”

The home is a unique site for meetings, reunions, weddings, and special events.

2618 Broadway, Galveston, TX
               409-762-7668        
www.moodymansion.org

Bishop’s Palace, Galveston

Galveston’s grandest and best-known building, the Bishop’s Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world (including one lined with pure silver!).

Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham in 1888 and designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier architect, this Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America.

If you can only visit one of Galveston’s architectural treasures, the exquisite Bishop’s Palace is the one to see.

1402 Broadway St, Galveston, TX
               409-762-2475        
www.galveston.com/bishopspalace

Texas Seaport Museum, Galveston

Share the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark which has also been designated one of America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Walk ELISSA's decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world's oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of ELISSA's dramatic rescue from the scrapyard and her meticulous restoration.

Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum also tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Look for ancestors with a one-of-a-kind computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, "'The Ellis Island of the West"'.  Join the Museum's staff and volunteers as they bring the past to life through special exhibits and educational programs.

Admission includes self-guided tours of the Texas Seaport Museum and ELISSA, a theater presentation and access to the Galveston Immigration Database.

Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, TX
               409-763-1877        
www.galvestonhistory.org/Texas_Seaport_Museum.asp

Cruise Terminal, Galveston

The Port of Galveston is the year-round homeport to two Carnival Cruise Line vessels. The Ecstasy sails from Galveston Island on 4- and 5-day cruises to locations along the Mexican coast. The Carnival Conquest offers 7-day cruises leaving every Sunday to ports in Mexico, Jamaica and Grand Cayman.

Royal Caribbean International's Rhapsody of the Seas offers 7-day sailings through August 2007 to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Key West. From December 2007 through April 2008, RCI's Voyager of the Seas will sail from Galveston on 7-day cruises alternating to various ports such as Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Roatan Honduras and Progresso, Costa Maya & Cozumel Mexico.

2502 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX
www.portofgalveston.com/cruiseinformation

Area Wildlife Viewing, Birding

Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the United States. Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the Island is a central location for novice and expert birders offering a wide variety of species. Water and shore birds are common on the Island throughout the year while rare species are spotted during Fall and Spring Migration. Water and shore birds from other coasts also travel to the Island during migration.

The Reddish Egret is Galveston Island's official city bird. A true Texas "specialty," in all of North America this species only nests in Texas (1,000 pairs), Louisiana, and in Florida. With declining numbers, the Reddish Egret may soon be on the endangered species list.

With more than 500 species of birds residing, wintering, or migrating through southeast Texas, the Galveston Bay Estuary is the largest and most productive on the Texas coast.

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Moody Gardens, Galveston

Moody Gardens features a 10 story Rainforest Pyramid offering an incredible tropical environment, and is home to the largest bat exhibit in the Southwest. The IMAX 3D will keep you jumping out of your seat, and the experience is so real you'll reach out to touch what seems to be inches away. Palm Beach offers a white sand beach with a blue lagoon and lots of fun for kids. The Discovery Pyramid features a host of interactive exhibits where visitors can learn about the wonders of science, and take a fascinating adventure ride in the IMAX Ridefilm Theater. Moody Gardens newest attraction, the Aquarium Pyramid, is one of the largest in the world, and features 100,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing the waters of the world.

Aquarium Pyramid

Dive into the depths of the four oceans of the world by exploring the complex beauty and seemingly endless species of marine life of the North Pacific. Tropical self guided tour typically lasting an hour.

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

The authentic replica of an 1800’s Paddlewheeler features daily hour-long cruises of Offats Bayou.  Dinner and private cruises are also available for groups of 65 or more.

Cruise Time (weather permitting)

April-Labor Day 12, 2 & 4PM.
Labor Day-March 3lst at 2PM.

Discovery Pyramid

Experience mysteries of science with traveling and interactive exhibits that make each of your visits unique. Whether it’s a Star Party, our weather station, or the latest science has to offer, there is always something new to see and do.

IMAX® 3DTheater

Slip on your 3D glasses and join the adventure! Moody Gardens is home to Americas first 3D Theater and offers spectacular images on our six-story IMAX screen. Our 400-seat theater features 3D and 2D films from the worlds foremost filmmakers.

Show times begin on the hour.

Ridefilm Theater

America’s first Ridefilm Theater takes you on a rocking and rolling journey through your world. These specially designed theaters, featuring our 18-seat motion based pods and 180-degree wrap around screens, keep you in the action. You’re not just watching a spectacular film, you’re in it! Children MUST BE 42 INCHES TO RIDE. PREGNANT WOMEN are not advised to ride.

Palm Beach

Relax in fresh-water lagoons surrounded by soft white sand beaches and tropical landscaping. Enjoy crystal clear waterfalls, regulation sand volleyball courts, paddleboats and a yellow submarine for the little ones.

Seasonal Hours Only

Rainforest Pyramid

Our 10-story glass Rainforest Pyramid is home to thousands of species of tropical plants, exotic butterflies, birds and fish native to the rainforests of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Discover mysterious wonders of nature with crashing waterfalls and quiet streams, a Bat Cave and Butterfly Hatching Hut, and an ever-changing array of tropical plants.

One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX
               1-800-582-4673        
www.moodygardens.com

Schlitterbahn, Galveston

Splash into one of the Hottest, Coolest Times in Texas! The newest Schlitterbahn park features uphill water coasters, water slides, kid's playgrounds, whitewater rapids, wave pool, hot tubs, plus the Boogie Bahn surf ride. And the exclusive Transportainment river system makes Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark the ultimate family destination.

Voted America's #1 Indoor Waterpark!

WATERPARK FUN ISN''T JUST FOR SUMMER ANYMORE! Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is also the world's first convertible waterpark and is the third waterpark in the Schlitterbahn family of Texas parks. The summer season offer more than 32 family-friendly attractions.

Following the tradition of ride innovation that Schlitterbahn is known for, the new Galveston Island park is the first convertible waterpark with an entire area that can be opened or closed for indoor / outdoor year-round operation. During the Wasserfest Heated Indoor Season, the Wasserfest area is converted to an indoor waterpark and features a dozen heated attractions. (The water and air are always in the 80s!)

New in 2007: Blastenhoff! The new area features seven new attractions, more picnic tables, more lounge chairs, more shade and more guest amenities. The massive Blastenhoff expansion increased the park’s guest areas by almost 30%.

With its huge array of awesome aquatic adventures, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island can be your personal happy place!

2026 Lockheed Street, Galveston, TX
               409-770-9283        
www.schlitterbahn.com

Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston

The Lone Star Flight Museum is home to one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation. Over 40 restored aircraft are displayed and most are in working condition. The collection includes WWII Fighters, Bombers, Liaison Trainers, and Executive Planes.

The museum is a volunteer, not-for-profit, tax exempt 501 (c) (3), educational museum, dedicated to the men and women who developed aviation to the science it is today; and, to the memory and spirit of those who flew in the defense of our country and freedom throughout the world. This self-supporting membership organization derives funds from admissions, donations and fund raising activities. No State or Federal funding is received. All donations are tax deductible within IRS guidelines.

Fly-in visits are encouraged (GLS Unicom - 123.05).

The mission of the Lone Star Flight Museum is to inform and educate the public of their aviation heritage and history by: acquiring, restoring to flying condition and preserving a collection of aircraft representing the evolution of aircraft design and operational capabilities; acquiring, preserving and displaying artifacts and memorabilia depicting the development of aviation; providing a facility for the proper display and preservation of the collection and a suitable setting for aviation memorials; and establishing a membership to support the aviation heritage collection in the highest museum standards.

2002 Terminal Drive, Galveston, TX
               409-740-7722        
www.lsfm.org

The Strand, Galveston

A revered historical district in Galveston, The Strand encompasses the charm and welcoming feel of the city’s small town ambience. Shops, restaurants, museums and galleries offer just a few of the Galveston attractions worth checking out in the area. Visit during the evening and enjoy Galveston nightlife over a few drinks. Ankle Express is all you’ll need for transportation in this favorite walking district.

Galveston Shopping

The Galveston Strand shopping district is one of the main attractions of the island with stores housed in elegant Victorian buildings, leisurely horse and carriage rides, gorgeous window displays, and stores full of merchandise from around the world. With all the art galleries, antique galleries, gift and collectible boutiques, and dining establishments, one could spend several days exploring fully the intricacies of The Galveston Strand and Downtown Galveston.

The Strand, Galveston, TX
www.thestrand.com

The Seawall, Galveston

The Galveston Seawall, USA, constructed in 1902, is a seawall that was built after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 for protection from future hurricanes. The Seawall has never been overtopped by a storm surge from hurricanes but waves from the storms have caused considerable damage to buildings that line Seawall Boulevard. Texas F.M. 3005, otherwise known as Seawall Boulevard along the wall, runs along the Seawall.

The seawall is presently 10 miles long. It is approximately 17 feet high, and 16 feet thick at its base. The seawall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2001.

Many miles of the wall are painted with murals, called "wall art". These huge murals are painted by children, and depict underwater life. The art is designed to make the seawall more interesting to visitors

Today the Seawall is lined with shops, restaurants and hotels.  A stroll or bike ride along the Seawall is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Grand Old Opera House, Galveston

The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand "The Official Opera House of Texas."

Galvestonians exhibited great vision in 1894 when they undertook to support the arts in Galveston by construction of The Grand. A later generation of Galvestonians renewed that commitment with equal vision when they undertook to save and restore The Grand in 1974.

In 1894, Henry Greenwall raised the needed funds of $100,000 for construction with substantial commitments from a handful of prominent businessmen and civic-minded Galvestonians. When $8 million was raised for the Grand's restoration between 1974 and 1990, it was a remarkable community effort which included the volunteer efforts of literally thousands of residents from Galveston county, the greater Houston area and the state of Texas.

Support came from individuals, the business and corporate community, local government and, of course, included generous foundation support from around the state and nation. Chief among these were the generous leadership gifts of the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Moody Foundation, Houston Endowment and the subsequent gifts of George and Cynthia Mitchell to help complete the restoration.

Due to the foresight and generosity of several generations of Galvestonians, The Grand stands today as an important linkage to Galveston’s past and an important part of it’s future.

Molly’s Pub

When in Galveston, don't miss Molly's Pub, an authentic Irish pub serving over 60 draft beers from around the world, as well as offering a full-service bar.

Molly's is located on historic Postoffice Street, the heart of Galveston's arts and entertainment district, and within steps of O'Malley's Stage Door Pub, The Grand 1894 Opera House, Old Cellar Bar, and a host of tantalizing restaurants.

2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX
               800-821-1894        
www.thegrand.com

Seawolf Park, Galveston

Seawolf Park features a 3-story pavilion, the USS CAVALLA (WWII Submarine) ; the USS STEWART (destroyer escort - one of only 3 in the world); a Fishing Pier ; and a Playground. The park was built on an immigration station site and offers a three-story pavilion with a view of Galveston harbor, picnic sites, a playground area and a lighted fishing pier. Seawolf Park is available for company picnics, school field trips, and private parties.

The Cavalla

The Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf. The Cavalla was a Gato class fleet sub, designed and built in the summer of 1943 by the Electric Boat Company and launched on November 14, 1943. She was commissioned on Feb. 29, 1944, the first "leap year" boat built by E.B. On June 19, 1944, on her maiden patrol, she sank the 30,000 ton aircraft carrier Shokaku (veteran of Pearl Harbor and Battle of Coral Sea). This earned her the Presidential Unit Citation.

After the war, the Cavalla was decommissioned in 1946. She was brought back to service in 1951 and assigned to the Submarine Squadron 10 in New London, Conn. To meet the Soviet threat, she underwent conversion in 1952 to a new class of American sub--the SSK (hunter/killer).

On January 21, 1971, the U.S. Navy transferred possession of Cavalla to the Texas Submarine Veterans of WWII. The Cavalla was then delivered to her permanent berth in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas.

Gulf coast locals usually refer to the Cavalla as the "Seawolf", mistaking the name of the memorial park for that of the submarine on exhibit there. Next to her is the USS Stewart DE-238.

Cavalla is currently enjoying a renaissance; volunteer efforts are at a ten year high, the local press has covered her history and renovation, and efforts are underway to bring her back to the proud state her crews maintained.

The USS Stewart

The Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston and the Cavalla Historical Foundation proudly announce that the USS Stewart (DE-238) has officially been sited in the National Register of Historic Places by the Texas Historic Commission.

One of only two surviving destroyer escorts in the United States, the USS Stewart is berthed at Seawolf Park alongside the historic submarine, USS Cavalla, on Pelican Island.

Built at Brown Shipbuilding Company in Houston, Texas in 1942, and commissioned May 31, 1943, the 307 foot destroyer escort USS Stewart, is the second ship named for Rear Admiral Charles Stewart, commander of the USS Constitution from 1813 to 1815. Stewart began her service as a school ship, training student officers prior to escorting President Roosevelt in the presidential yacht down the Potomac River to rendezvous with USS Iowa in the Chesapeake Bay for his mission to Casablanca and Tehran. She commenced North Atlantic convoy operations in 1944, making 30 crossings with occasional enemy submarine and aircraft encounters. Stewart was moved to the Pacific theater in 1945, to conduct training exercises out of Pearl Harbor until the end of the war.

Decommissioned in late 1945, she was formally donated to Seawolf Park in 1972, where participants of the Save Our Ship Program, a dedicated group of talented volunteers and veterans, have been restoring and maintaining her. The group meets the second week of each month to work on the ship, including acting as tour guides. Approximately 600 Navy veterans nationwide have a special interest in Stewart and are dedicated to keeping her valiant service memory alive.

51st Street, Galveston, TX
               409-797-5114        
www.galveston.com/seawolfpark

Moody Mansion, Galveston

Bought by W.L. Moody six days after the 1900 storm (reportedly for “ten cents on the dollar”), this imposing 28,000-square-foot limestone and-brick mansion has 32 rooms filled with opulent furnishings and heirlooms from one of Texas’s most powerful families.

When W.L. Moody died in 1954, TIME magazine proclaimed him one of the 10 wealthiest men in the country. Moody’s philanthropist daughter, Mary Moody Northen, made her social debut in the mansion’s ballroom in 1911 and lived here (with no air conditioning, but a year-round Christmas tree) until it was damaged by hurricane Alicia in 1983. It was subsequently restored with 1900- era furnishings. Notice the gold leaf ceiling in the dining room and the beautiful stained-glass panel in the entry hall of a family welcoming visitors with the words “Welcome ever smiled.”

The home is a unique site for meetings, reunions, weddings, and special events.

2618 Broadway, Galveston, TX
               409-762-7668        
www.moodymansion.org

Bishop’s Palace, Galveston

Galveston’s grandest and best-known building, the Bishop’s Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world (including one lined with pure silver!).

Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham in 1888 and designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier architect, this Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America.

If you can only visit one of Galveston’s architectural treasures, the exquisite Bishop’s Palace is the one to see.

1402 Broadway St, Galveston, TX
               409-762-2475        
www.galveston.com/bishopspalace

Texas Seaport Museum, Galveston

Share the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark which has also been designated one of America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Walk ELISSA's decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world's oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of ELISSA's dramatic rescue from the scrapyard and her meticulous restoration.

Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum also tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Look for ancestors with a one-of-a-kind computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, "'The Ellis Island of the West"'.  Join the Museum's staff and volunteers as they bring the past to life through special exhibits and educational programs.

Admission includes self-guided tours of the Texas Seaport Museum and ELISSA, a theater presentation and access to the Galveston Immigration Database.

Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, TX
               409-763-1877        
www.galvestonhistory.org/Texas_Seaport_Museum.asp

Cruise Terminal, Galveston

The Port of Galveston is the year-round homeport to two Carnival Cruise Line vessels. The Ecstasy sails from Galveston Island on 4- and 5-day cruises to locations along the Mexican coast. The Carnival Conquest offers 7-day cruises leaving every Sunday to ports in Mexico, Jamaica and Grand Cayman.

Royal Caribbean International's Rhapsody of the Seas offers 7-day sailings through August 2007 to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Key West. From December 2007 through April 2008, RCI's Voyager of the Seas will sail from Galveston on 7-day cruises alternating to various ports such as Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Roatan Honduras and Progresso, Costa Maya & Cozumel Mexico.

2502 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX
www.portofgalveston.com/cruiseinformation

Area Wildlife Viewing, Birding

Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the United States. Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the Island is a central location for novice and expert birders offering a wide variety of species. Water and shore birds are common on the Island throughout the year while rare species are spotted during Fall and Spring Migration. Water and shore birds from other coasts also travel to the Island during migration.

The Reddish Egret is Galveston Island's official city bird. A true Texas "specialty," in all of North America this species only nests in Texas (1,000 pairs), Louisiana, and in Florida. With declining numbers, the Reddish Egret may soon be on the endangered species list.

With more than 500 species of birds residing, wintering, or migrating through southeast Texas, the Galveston Bay Estuary is the largest and most productive on the Texas coast.

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