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Galveston: Shadows of Revelry Adults Only Walking Tour

1. 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: Historic Ports, Pirates & Architecture Tour

2. 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.

Galveston: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

3. 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.

Houston: GetOutPass

4. 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

Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston

5. 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

6. 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.

From Houston: Day Trip to Galveston City Highlights

7. 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

8. 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.

Houston: Guided Tour of Downtown and Galveston Island

9. Houston: Guided Tour of Downtown and Galveston Island

Enjoy an inclusive experience when coming to Houston, with airport transfer and guided tours combined. Get custom pickup from the airport and driven to your hotel to settle in. Go through Downtown Houston and explore Galveston Island, all in one day, or over the course of your stay. Arrive at the airport and experience custom pickup at the time of your arrival. Check-in at your hotel and get comfortable after your flight. Then, opt to take both tours in the same day, or schedule them over your stay. On the Houston Tour, see all districts of the city, including Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center, BBVA Soccer Stadium, Discovery Green, Herman Park, the world's largest Medical district, Buffalo Bayou, and more. As you explore Galveston Island, walk along the Seawall, The Strand, the Wharf, Ship Channel, and see many historic homes that survived the storm of 1900. Dip your toes in the sand at Galveston's beaches and take in views of the Gulf of Mexico. At the end or your stay, feel at ease with a ride back to the airport.

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Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Although there was a lot of driving the tour was just as advertised. The Pretour of downtown Houston made the most of the area and showed the main areas. The Galveston driver was polite and entertaining. They drop the NASA people off first then give you a chance to see the coast then the bishops house before some time to yourself before dolphin watching. Surprisingly we actually saw dolphins and plenty of them with the captain being funny and circling back so we could see more dolphins. The staff at all points of contact were unbelievably helpful and friendly and went out of their way to help. Galveston was a lot bigger than expected but was great to see. The mix of shops on the strand made for great exploring.

A great day, although not quite what was advertised.

In the end we had *one hour* in Galveston to sightsee at our own pace *and* to have lunch. However, we did get to see lots of Houston I would have otherwise missed, and we did stop for 15 minutes or so on the beach front of Galveston which was wild and windy, and we did go on a boat trip and got to see pods of dolphins. It's just a matter of marrying up the programme description to the actuality of the outcome.