Planning your next Galveston vacation and looking to do something different? Read on to find out how you can make your vacation historic!
Galveston has plenty of amazing places and experiences to offer its locals and tourists. From its scenic beaches to the very popular amusement parks and everything in between, Galveston offers everyone plenty of compelling reasons to visit. Luckily, there are lots of Galveston vacation rentals to choose from as well.
While it is natural to head out and visit the island’s beautiful coastlines and parks, make sure that you also explore the rich history of Galveston Island. You can turn your trip to Galveston into a moment in history by experiencing the attractions run by the Galveston Historical Foundation.
About the Galveston Historical Foundation
GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and then merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity that would work toward historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Learn more about the Galveston Historical Foundation.
Your Historic Galveston Vacation – Immersive History Exhibits
This Juneteenth exhibit informs both locals and visitors about the significance of the 1865 Galveston story. It’s a chance to connect the important neighborhood landmarks and their significance in Galveston’s past. Galvestonians have always known about Juneteenth, but now that it is a recognized national holiday, more tourists may explore Ashton Villa and learn about the significance of the island to American freedom.
Where: 2328 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550
When: Open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. (Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow ample time for tour before closing.)
How Much: Adult: $10 | Youth: $5
Based on real, verified accounts of immigrants arriving in Galveston, the Ship to Shore experience develops a number of sequential experiential spaces that alternate interactive learning with immersive encounters. A digital membership card is also used in the experience, which gives each guest a unique and real tale during their stay.
Where: Pier 22 Suite, 8, Galveston, TX 77550, United States/
When: Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)
How Much: Adult: $20 | Youth: $16
Historic Galveston Vacation – Historic Homes Tours
The Bishop’s Palace, also known as Gresham House, was built in 1892 and is located at the East End Historic District’s contributing. It is one of the most prominent Victorian homes in the nation, according to architectural historians. Due to its national significance in the field of architecture, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: 1402 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
When: Self-guided Tours Daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow ample time for tours before closing.)
How Much: Adult: $15 | Youth: $9
This 28,000-square-foot, four-story historic property in Galveston was built in 1895 and has been meticulously restored and preserved to maintain its turn-of-the-century beauty. The house is a part of the U.S.’s National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can see and get a feel of how a wealthy Texas family’s life, as they explore the 20 rooms inside this mansion.
Where:2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
When: Self-guided Tours Daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)
How Much: Adults: $15 | Youth: $7
Historic Galveston Vacation – Harbor Tour & Tall Ship Elissa
Embark on the 50-foot twin-engine motorboat Seagull II for the Historic Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watch. This beautiful ship was designed exclusively for port sightseeing tours and educational purposes and is the ideal platform for watercraft experiential learning.
Where: Pier 22 Suite #8, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
When: Open Tuesday-Sunday; Tours are 1-Hour and Depart at 10:15, 11:30, 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.
How Much: $17
The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to sail still actively and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also represents the historical origins of the Gulf Coast as a bustling waterfront, ad as the Official Tall Ship of Texas. She is a National Historic Landmark and at the Galveston Historic Seaport, visitors are greeted by her beauty as they explore the daily encounters with Galveston’s maritime past.
Where:Pier 22 Suite #8, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
When: Open Tue.-Sun. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30)
How Much: Adults: $10 | Children: $7
Note: All images and information used in this article are credited to Galveston Historical Foundation.
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