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Galveston: Historic Ports, Pirates & Architecture Tour

1. Galveston: Historic Ports, Pirates & Architecture Tour

Explore the historic side og Galveston as you step aboard the coach for a comfortable ride around the island city. Learn all about Galveston's interesting history as you hear pirate stories and about the families that shaped the city. See the incredible mansions and main historic sights as well as the port of Galveston. Meet at the Galveston Experience Company and get your free souvenir photo to start your tour. Get on the 20-passenger, handicap accessible bus with flat screen audio/video presentation, dual A/C, leather seats with seatbelts. Drive past historic homes, the Port of Galveston, the Wharves, Pirate Jean Lafitte's Maison Rouge ruins, UTMB, the Strand, Post Office, and much more. For newcomers to the island of Galveston, this tour offers a great introduction to the Island and its rich history. Learn about Moody Mansion, the history of the Port of Galveston, check out Bishop's Palace, and tour through Galveston island.

From Houston: Day Trip to Galveston City Highlights

2. From Houston: Day Trip to Galveston City Highlights

Explore the sights in Galveston on this day trip from Houston. Hear about the history of this facinating city and stop at sights like Bryan museum, 1859 Ashton Villa, the Moody Mansion, and the Galveston Seawall. Meet your guide and sit back and relax on the scenic drive from Huston to Galveston where you can enjoy the historic architecture and chic boutiques. Listen to anecdotes, legends, and ghost stories on the trip. Have your questions answered by your guide. Stop at the Galveston Seawall which was built to protect the city after the hurricane of 1900. Continue to the historic Galveston Orphans Home that converted into the Bryan Museum which houses Texan art and historical collections. View the Victorian houses on Broadway street. Stop for pictures at the Victorian-style Moody Mansion, the 1859 Ashton Villa, the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, and the Lucas Terrace apartments. See where the cruise ships come in at Galveston Port. Learn about the famed pirate Jean Lafitte. Take in the vibe in the historic downtown district before heading back to Houston.

From Houston: City Landmarks and Galveston Guided Tour

3. From Houston: City Landmarks and Galveston Guided Tour

See the highlights of Houston in a day on this guided sightseeing tour. Enjoy sites such as the Annunciation Catholic Church and Buffalo Bayou. Hear stories about the city’s founding. From there, heading to Galveston. Uncover the charms of a Southern metropolis and seaside town.  Your tour starts from the Toyota Center in the city center. Ride past Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros baseball team plays. The Annunciation Catholic Church stands across the street from the stadium.  Pass through the Court District, the heart of the city’s civic center. Nearby you’ll see the historical Rice Hotel. Along the way, you’ll receive a history of the city’s founding from your guide. You’ll be surprised to learn how much they invested in land back in 1837. Across the Buffalo Bayou, check out the Arts District. Enjoy the colorful street art and lively atmosphere. Spot other public artworks, including sculptures and murals. Take some time to explore and enjoy a bite to eat. After Houston, ride fifty miles out of town to Galveston. Listen to tales of the city’s past, ghosts, and pirates along the way. Visit the historic downtown which has kept much of its Victorian architecture. As you walk around town, keep an eye out for the statues of sea turtles.  Learn more of the city’s history at Ashton Villa and the Bishop’s Palace. Listen to tales about the end of the Civil War and the origins of Juneteenth. Stroll along Galveston’s seawall and admire old-time ships in the port. At the end of the trip, you will return to the Toyota Center in Houston.

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