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Head To Galveston For Your Next Texas Vacation

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Galveston, the fоrmеr hоmе оf fаmоuѕ Gulf Cоаѕt ріrаtе Jеаn LaFitte, hаѕ survived the deadliest hurricane іn US hіѕtоrу tо bесоmе а tор tourist attraction.  Galveston’s unique ѕtуlе blends hіѕtоrіс landmarks, buildings, hоtеlѕ and hоmеѕ with mіlеѕ оf sandy bеасhеѕ and ѕtаtе-оf-the-аrt attractions.

If уоu аrе the kind who lіkеѕ the sun and the sea, Galveston, Tеxаѕ іѕ а gооd рlасе tо vасаtіоn. Mоѕt реорlе рrеfеr tо rent а Galveston Beach House that аllоwѕ them еаѕу ассеѕѕ tо the осеаn.


Moodys Mansion

Moodys Mansion

Historic Galveston Island is home to a variety of popular attractions, from landmarks and historic buildings to modern wonders and scenic natural areas.  Taken together, these attractions make Galveston one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas.

  1. Moody Gardens: Visitors crossing the causeway to Galveston will surely see the pyramids rising on the western side of the island.  Those pyramids are just part of the magnificent Moody Gardens.  With attractions that include several aquariums, an IMAX theater and even a rain forest, Moody Gardens is a must see for Galveston visitors.
  2. Schlitterbahn:  Popular Texas waterpark, Schlitterbahn has added a third location – Schlitterbahn Galveston Island. Like the other Schlitterbahn parks, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island features plenty of unique and innovative rides. However, unlike any other water park in the world, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is “convertible,” offering outdoor fun in the Summer and indoor water rides during the winter.
  3. The Strand:  Developed as Galveston’s commerce center in the late 1800s, the Strand has survived over 100 years to be reborn as an island shopping mecca.
  4. Moody Mansion:  Completed in 1895, the Moody Mansion is the epitome of Victorian architecture in “turn of the century” Galveston.  The mansion, which was home to the powerful Moody family, survived the 1900 hurricane and now has been restored and is open for tours and lunch.


Galveston Beach Front

Galveston Beach Front

When researching Galveston beach houses for rent, you should try to pick a house that works best for you and your family. There are many types of “vacation homes” on Galveston Island and one will surely work for you.  There are also different areas that may work better for you or your family.

The majority of Galveston Beach House rentals are actually “beach front,” beach view, or canal view.  A beach house is great for a multitude of reasons, but may not be right for everyone.  Galveston beach houses (as expected) will be more expensive than a “beach view” home, but may only be a few feet further from the beach.  A beach view home can also sometimes take more wear and tear than a beach view or canal front house.  A beach view house will be perfect if you like to relax and maybe see the beautiful sunsets over the bay.

Canal houses are also very popular as they all have quick access to the beach (by walking or car) but they have a canal to fish, swim, boat, or jet ski from.  A canal house is very relaxing and typically quieter than a beach house.  The canal homes are also less expensive for a similar sized home.


Schlitterbahn At Galveston aerial view

Schlitterbahn At Galveston

Texas’ original – and best know water park, Schlitterbahn, is located in the Germanic Hill country town of New Braunfels.  Taking advantage of the natural surrounding, most notably the hilly terrain and clear, cold Guadalupe River, Schlitterbahn offers its visitors a unique and fun-filled way to cool off and beat the Texas heat during the Summer.

New Braunfels’ Schlitterbahn Park is Texas’ oldest and most unique water park in the country.  It is also widely recognized as one of the best and most innovative water parks in the country.  In fact, for 9 straight years, Schlitterbahn New Braunfels has been named the “World’s Best Water Park” by Amusement Today Magazine.

With over 3 miles of tubing, 3 watercoasters, the world’s first artificial wave machine, 7 children’s play areas, and 17 water slides, Schlitterbahn New Braunfels offers something for everyone.

But, despite offering a wide array of water recreation options, it’s the tubing that gives Schlitterbahn New Braunfels its unique flair.  And, there are tubing options for everyone.  From the lazily flowing Kristal River to the wild rapids of the Whitewater Tube Chute, there is a tubing activity to fit every age, experience and adventure level.


San Luis is one of the island’s most westerly developments.  It is a very nice neighborhood and shares the bay side with Laguna San Luis.  Together, these areas are known as Point San Luis.  Point San Luis goes from beach to bay and offers many types of lots (beach, bay view, dry land), and mostly newer construction homes.  Almost all beachside homes have a great beach view due to the design of the lots and a “view” easement that runs between the streets.


San Luis Wading Pool lazy river

San Luis Wading Pool

Historic and scenic Galveston Island has long been one of Texas’ top tourist destinations.  From the historic Strand Entertainment District to modern attractions such as Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn, Galveston certainly offers something for everyone.  The same holds true for Galveston accommodations.

  1. San Luis Resort:  Galveston’s San Luis Resort offers too many amenities to list; however,the highlights include a state-of-the-art spa, salon and fitness facility, poolside cabanas, and the Treasure Island Kid’s Club.
  2. Victorian Resort and Conference Center:  Located right on the Galveston Seawall, the Victorian Resort and Conference Center offers one and two bedroom Victorian suites with private balconies and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.
  3. Commodore on the Beach:  The Commodore is conveniently located on Galveston’s seawall, right in the heart of the island’s attractions.
  4. Holiday Inn On The Beach:  Right across the street from the beach, Galveston’s Holiday Inn  on the Beach offers great views and reasonable accommodations – in fact, kids under 19 stay free!

So, no matter what your taste or what time of year you plan on taking a vacation, a trip to Galveston Island is always a memorable one.





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