Galveston, Texas | September 2015 RTX Featured Destination

This month’s featured destination takes us to Galveston island on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Only 50 minutes from the bustling city of Houston, Galveston’s relaxed island atmosphere is seemingly a world away. At 32 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, the island is surrounded with incredible history and unique beauty. Warm breezes and year-round temperate seas complement the city’s rich historic districts, award-winning restaurants, unique attractions and bustling shops.

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The beach is a huge draw for visitors to Galveston, but RTX members will find so much more to enjoy on this Gulf Coast island, from family attractions and history to outdoor adventure, shopping, dining and cruising. Here are just a few things to see and do on your next RTX vacation to Galveston:

Moody Gardens: This attraction for all ages is a vacation all on its own. The complex focuses on education, conservation and rehabilitation and features attractions like an aquarium, rain forest, 3D and 4D theaters, paddlewheel boat cruise, zip line ropes course, discovery museum and much more. Seasonal attractions include Palm Beach, with its white sand beaches, lazy river and fresh water features, holiday Festival of Lights and more. You’ll find plenty of reasons to visit Moody Gardens on your Galveston vacation!

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark: The best way to cool off in the Texas heat, this water park features 32 family-friendly attractions including uphill water coasters, water slides, kids playgrounds, whitewater rapids, wave pools, a surf ride and more. With indoor and outdoor attractions, four seasons of fun is possible for the entire family.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: Galveston’s newest attraction combines history and nostalgia with modern amenities. With rides, midway games, dining options and shopping, there’s always entertainment to be had at the pier. Rides include a roller coaster, double-decker carousel, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and more.

Historic District: Galveston’s architectural preservation and revitalization efforts have gained recognition over the decades, and is evident in the large collection of well-preserved 19th century buildings. From historic homes that are open to the public to churches, hotels, an opera house and a library, history buffs and anyone with an appreciation of fine architecture can spend days wandering the 36-square block area of historic downtown.

Museums: Museums are abundant in Galveston, whether you fancy land, sea, or air. From the art deco Railroad Museum to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum to the Lone Star Flight Museum, there is something for everyone. A must-see is the Tall Ship Elissa at the Texas Seaport Museum.

Dining: A common theme in the Galveston dining scene is the focus on what is freshly caught locally in the Gulf Coast. Aside from that, the sky is the limit with everything from upscale continental and hip fusion to authentic Tex-Mex and casual barbecue.

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