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Galveston: Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

1. 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

2. 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 Cemetery Tour

3. Galveston: Haunted Cemetery Tour

Experience entering Galveston's haunted cemetery in this spooky guided night tour. Learn all about the ghosts that are said to stalk this cemetery on this 90-minute ghoul fest. Feel a chill on your spine as you keep an eye out for one of the famed spirits that people claim to have seen. Listen as you hear the strange tales about how these apparitions are said to have come to haunt this site.

Galveston: Spooky Strand Ghost Walking Tour

4. 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: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

5. 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.

From Houston: Galveston Island Tour

6. From Houston: Galveston Island Tour

Explore Galveston Island, located on the coastline of Texas, just 50 miles from Downtown Houston. The island offers 32 miles of beaches, abundant leisure, vibrant historic areas, and one of the largest well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the United States. Start from downtown Houston and take a short tour of the downtown district of the city. Then, travel to Galveston, enjoying the views of Galveston Island as you approach the city. Be dropped off in Galveston and explore the city at your leisure. Enjoy plenty of free time to choose what you want to see and do. Discover the relaxed atmosphere of the island as you explore the relaxing beaches, antique stores, art galleries, and excellent restaurants. Afterward, hop back on the bus back to Houston.

Galveston: Old City Cemetery Walking Tour with Local Guide

7. 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.

From Houston: Galveston Tour with Tall Ship Elissa Admission

8. 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.

Houston: GetOutPass

9. Houston: GetOutPass

The GetOutPass is the ultimate fun-pass. It works as an app on your smartphone. Once signed up, you and anyone on your membership can gain free admission to the best entertainment attractions in your area! Roller coasters, arcades, good times--we've got you covered. When you sign on to the GetOutPass, you'll get access to venues in Houston through the member portal found in the app and on any web browser. All venues create an “offer” specifically for members. This offer can include free admission, free products, special deals, or special perks, just to name a few. Attractions Included with the GetOutPass Houston: Kemah Boardwalk - Kemah Pleasure Pier - Galveston Typhoon Texas - Katy Downtown Aquarium - Houston Houston Aquarium & Animal Adventure - Humble Houston Museum of Natural Science - Houston Jumping World Pasadena - Pasadena Houston SaberCats - Houston Bricks and Minifigs - Pearland Pinspiration Kingwood - Kingwood AGR Sports Indoor Paintball - Houston Copperfield Bowl - Houston MaxBowl - Humble DBAT - West Houston Humble SportsPlex - Humble Pinspiration Houston Heights - Houston Humble Family Skate Center - Humble Mr. Pixel's Classic Arcade - Houston Exitus VR - Houston The Glazery art & fun - Missouri City Color Me Mine - Katy My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Atascocita Code Ninjas - Richmond Gulf Coast Archery - Webster Houston Karting Complex - Conroe Houston Axe Throwing- Bellaire Time to Spare Entertainment - Cut and Shoot MaxBowl - Baytown Houston Axe Throwing- Katy Painting with a Twist - Humble Paint Until You Faint - Richmond Tank's Gelly Ball - Richmond My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Spring Primary Paint Party - Prime Art Gallery - Houston Premier Martial Arts - Richmond Code Ninjas: Riverstone - Sugar Land Tanks Paintball - Richmond Fire It Up Pottery & Art Studio - Sugar Land Texas Archery - Spring Paint with a Twist - Pearland Premier Martial Arts - Rosenberg Code Ninjas - Sugarland Pedego: West Houston - Fulshear MaxBowl - Port Arthur ShowBiz Cinemas - Liberty Lakes - Kingwood Houston Badminton Center - Stafford Pedego - Houston Heights ShowBiz Cinemas - Kingwood Premier Martial Arts - Shadow Creek - Pearland Crazy Dash - Houston Operation City Quest - Houston Puzzling Adventures - Houston 3Quest Challenge - Houston Wacky Walks - Houston Zombie Scavengers - Houston Ice at the Galleria - Houston Texas Entertainment Xperience - Texas City

From Houston: Day Trip to Galveston City Highlights

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Galveston

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Galveston. She was captivating in her story telling about the tragedies that occurred over the years as well as the ghosts of years past and present. An excellent learning experience. Are they still here?

Our guide I think her name was Melonie was a text book on the history of Galveston. Not to give anything away we later the next day visited a tributary. We were also able to capture a supernatual figure on camera. Will venture another as we asked her for referance.

This was a surprisingly informative tour. Ben was an excellent tour guide and made it fun for all of us. Galveston island is beautiful!

Fun, intimate and very informative tour. So much historical information with the added benefit of a few pub stops along the way.

The lady in Black was Awesome.. She knew everything about history.