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Galveston: Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Galveston: Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Search for playful local dolphins on this dolphin-watching cruise in Galveston, Texas. Experience the enchanting beauty of the city from the water, and enjoy guaranteed sightings of the spectacular dolphins. Head to the meeting point, then board your boat for the tour and set off across the water. Prepare for up-close encounters with majestic marine life as your captain and naturalist guide lead you on the adventure. As the boat glides along the coastline, admire breathtaking views of Galveston's iconic landmarks, including the historic Pleasure Pier, Seawall Boulevard, and the charming Victorian architecture of the Strand Historic District. During the cruise, keep your eyes peeled, camera ready, and binoculars at hand to ensure you don’t miss a moment with the magical dolphins. The tour concludes at the original embarkation point.

Galveston: Historic Pleasure Pier All-Day Pass

Galveston: Historic Pleasure Pier All-Day Pass

Spend a full day exploring all that the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier has to offer with an all-day pass entry ticket. Discover family-oriented attractions including rides, midways games, waterfront dining options, and more. Ride the Iron Shark rollercoaster, feel the thrill of Pirate's Plunge, or visit the 5D Theater Ride. The Pleasure Pier offers a selection of fun activities for kids of all ages. Refuel at any one of the pier's many appetizing places to eat, including Texas' first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market. Before you head home, pop into one of the Pier's shopping locations and purchase a memento of your visit. 

Galveston: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour in Galveston Bay

Galveston: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour in Galveston Bay

Embark on a guided dolphin-watching boat tour in the waters of Galveston Bay. Enjoy the thrill of seeing these adorable creatures up close and learn about the area's history from your captain. Meet your captain and set out on an adventure into Galveston Bay. Hear entertaining stories about the scenic waterways and notable landmarks, along with insightful commentary about the rich history of the area. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins who welcome your visit and sometimes put on a show. Enjoy plenty of opportunities for capturing photos during this immersive and educational experience.

Galveston: Spooky Strand Ghost Walking Tour

Galveston: Spooky Strand Ghost Walking Tour

Go on an offbeat adventure along Galveston's historic Strand district. During your 1.5-hour guided tour, you'll explore the spooky side of the city and get an experience few travelers get to have. The Strand in Galveston has seen a spooky number of sudden deaths. Learn about the islanders who have left this world but never fully departed and continue to lurk in the shadows, alleys, and staircases of Strand. Walk among historic 19th-century buildings that have become the home of the city's ghosts. Admire the buildings' detail and craftsmanship and cringe at the scary stories behind each one. Hear the story of the unfortunate accident at the Railroad Museum. Visit the Tremont House where crying sobs are heard on the stairwells and in the halls. Learn about the little boy who plays in the hotel, rumored to be the ghost of a child run over right outside. See The Sealy - Hutchings Building, 2 separate buildings designed to look like one is home to many of Galveston’s favorite ghosts. Sara, as the townpeople affectionately call her, is often seen on the wrought iron staircase near the window where she pulled bodies out of the water—dead or alive.  

Galveston: Old City Cemetery Walking Tour with Local Guide

Galveston: Old City Cemetery Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover the spooky history of Old City Cemetery in Galveston and see why it is said to be one of the most unnerving sites in Texas on this guided walking tour. Explore the resting place of souls who bring a touch of mischief, mystique, and macabre to the island’s haunted history. Meet “The Lady In Black” and follow her to the Old City Cemetery to uncover the mysteries at the heart of Texas’ unsettling stories. Turn from a skeptic to a ghost hunter and learn about Galveston’s unparalleled and fascinating paranormal history along the way. As you join open a dialog with the dead, unravel the horrible, scary secrets that lurk inside the ghost sanctuaries. Dive warily into the haunted past and uncover the reasons why an unstoppable paranormal force still grips the island. As you descend deeper into the ghost hunt, hear about episodes of murder, suicide, cannibalism, pirates, ghosts, and unworldly visions with no rational explanation. Walk past the gilded mansions and palaces that are only whispered about on Galveston.

Galveston: Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Galveston: Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Explore the spooky side of Galveston, Texas, on a ghost-themed tour that visits the city’s most popular haunted spots with the aid of a fun and knowledgeable guide. See firsthand why Galveston is known by some as the most haunted city in America. See for yourself where Galveston’s haunted past took place. Walk to scary locations like the Moody Mansion and 1892 Bishop’s Palace and be on the lookout for the unexplainable. As you explore, learn about the city’s dark history from an experienced guide happy to answer your curiosities. Will you be the next guest to have an experience with one of Galveston's ghosts at the haunted locations on this after-dark tour?

Galveston: Shadows of Revelry Adults Only Walking Tour

Galveston: Shadows of Revelry Adults Only Walking Tour

Explore the spooky side of Galveston, Texas, on a ghost-themed adults-only tour that visits the city’s most popular haunted spots with the aid of a fun and knowledgeable guide. See firsthand why Galveston is known by some as the most haunted city in America. See for yourself where Galveston’s haunted past took place. Walk to scary locations like the Moody Mansion and 1892 Bishop’s Palace and be on the lookout for the unexplainable. As you explore, learn about the city’s dark history from a guide happy to answer your curiosities. Here are a few potential stops that you will take on this tour: Saengerfest Park, Strand Seaport, Tremont House Hotel, Mother Harvey's, Oleander Hotel, Maceo Spice and Import, Red Light Coffee/End of the Line Bordello, Havana Alley Cigar Shop and Lounge, 26th and Sante Fe. Will you be the next guest to have an experience with one of Galveston's ghosts at the haunted locations on this after-dark tour?

Galveston: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

Galveston: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

Experience a pub crawl through Galveston's eerie pubs and restaurants. Hear the ghost stories of these haunted locations while standing on the spot where the events happened on this guided tour. Learn about the ghosts of hurricane victims still lost in the wreckage and civil war soldiers who still stand for Texas. Relive all these sordid tales from the past as you visit bars with real ghostly activity, you might even have a paranormal experience yourself.

Baywatch Galveston Island Bus Tours

Baywatch Galveston Island Bus Tours

Discover the history of Galveston on a bus tour. Pass by key landmarks, such as the Galveston Railroad Museum, as your guide shares fun historical stories. Meet your guide at the kiosk at Pier 21 next to Willie G's. Board the air-conditioned bus and get your bearings in Galveston by taking a bus tour to see the sights. Listen as your guide shares the city’s history in a short amount of time. Perfect for history buffs who want to stay off their feet, this tour is easy to fit into any busy schedule.

Galveston: Historic Galveston Ghost Tour

Galveston: Historic Galveston Ghost Tour

Explore the secret and darker side of Galveston on a historic ghost tour. Throughout this guided experience, pass by many historical sites and mansions where it's said many mysterious things have happened. Stay tuned and alert to hear all about the island's secrets as well as its paranormal and haunted history that dates back over 150 years. Dive into Galveston's haunted past and uncover the reasons why its unstoppable paranormal force still grips the island.

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