Galveston Historic Seaport

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Galveston Historic Seaport: Our most recommended tours and activities

Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston

1. Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston

Head south from Houston for a day-trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center and a guided tour of the nearby town of Galveston. See why the space center is Houston’s no. 1 tourist attraction, and ride through the island city on the Gulf Coast known for its 10-mile Seawall and Victorian-era streets. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among more than 400 space artifacts. Find flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display, and seasonal exhibits throughout the year that offer exciting attractions for all ages. Explore the red planet in the interactive Mission Mars exhibit. Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule, and feel the texture of rock cliffs. See what it takes to travel to Mars, what tech will get us there, and how humans may live there in the next few decades. Visit Independence Plaza presented by Boeing, the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where you can enter both vehicles. Get a rare glimpse into history and breakthroughs of the Space Shuttle Program in the eight-story, multi-exhibit complex. Next, drive with your guide to Galveston, a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. Discover the art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, and ghost legends that are all tucked into a little Gulf Coast barrier island. Listen to the history and legends that formed the city, like that of Pirate Jean Lafitte. Admire the Victorian homes and scenic downtown area, and learn the stories of 19th century buildings like Lucas Terrace, Bishop’s Palace, and Ashton Villa. Make the most of your tour with plenty of time to ask questions and stop for photos. Get dropped off back in Houston at the end of your tour.

From Houston: Galveston Tour with Tall Ship Elissa Admission

2. From Houston: Galveston Tour with Tall Ship Elissa Admission

Embark on a guided day tour to the city of Galveston, a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. Discover a destination full of art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, and ghostly legends - all tucked within a quaint Gulf Coast barrier island. Depart Houston by minivan and hear about the stories that formed the city from your guide. Upon arrival, get a closer look at Galveston’s history on a sightseeing tour through the city center with your guide. Stroll down Broadway Street, stop at Moody Mansion, and see historic Lucas Terrace. Arrive at Galveston Historic Seaport, and visit the tall ship, Elissa, with admission included. A designated National Historic Landmark, it is one of the world's oldest sailboats in operation. Learn more about immigration to the United States as well as more about Galveston's maritime history. Next, take your harbor cruise departing from the port. See ships and seabirds, dolphins and drilling rigs on this hour-long cruise. Afterwards, benefit from some free time to grab some lunch or to stroll on the beach. Afterward, meet with your guide and return to Houston.

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