The 4 Most Unique Destinations in Galveston
Even though thousands of people travel to Galveston every year to enjoy the beaches and warm waters, there’s a unique history behind this coastal town that’s just waiting for exploration. On your next trip here, make sure you take some time to explore a few of my favorite distinctive Galveston attractions.
Marvel at a Lavish Mansion
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Moody Mansion is one of the more distinct and recognizable buildings in Galveston. Built in 1895, this four-story house has an amazing 28,000 square feet of living space. You can tour all 32 rooms of the mansion and see the rich heirlooms and furnishings that fill the house. Be sure to pay special attention to the lovely stained-glass windows in the entry and gold leaf ceiling in the dining room. To make sure you get a chance to tour this uncommon mansion, you can book a cheap hotel room nearby. You can find affordable deals on Galveston hotels on Hipmunk.com.
Tour a Floating National Historic Landmark
Currently moored at the Texas Seaport Museum, Elissa is a floating National Historic Landmark from 1877. As you walk the decks of this ship, you can almost imagine what it was like for sailors setting off on the challenging oceans. The ship was originally built in Aberdeen, Scotland, and is considered a tall ship because of her three-masted sailing rigs. She is 99 feet tall and 205 feet long. Today, not only can you tour the majestic ship, you can even rent her for a truly unforgettable experience.
See a Castle in Texas
Situated in the historic district of Galveston, Bishop’s Palace, which is also known as Gresham’s Castle, looks like it belongs in the English countryside more than this Texas city. However, it is indeed just a few blocks away from La Quinta Inn Galveston East Beach. Construction on the house started in 1887 and completed in 1893. It was originally built for politician and lawyer Walter Gresham, but today, you can take a self-guided tour and marvel at the lush and ornate interior. It’s also ranked among the top 100 homes in the United States for its architectural significance.
See if You Can Spot a Ghost in an Opera House
Located in the middle of Galveston, The Grand 1894 Opera House has survived five major hurricanes, including the hurricane of 1900 that nearly destroyed the city, and years of neglect. Today, the theater has been beautifully restored and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater has self-guided tours during regular business hours, or you can coordinate a guided tour with the theater staff. However, be warned, if you feel a tap on your shoulder during your tour it might not be someone in your group because The Grand is notorious for its ghostly activity.
What do you think about Galveston? Do you have a favorite unique attraction? If not, make sure you visit Hipmunk’s Hotels in Galveston page so you can learn more about this exciting city and start planning your trip today.
Author Bio: Kristen McCalla is a Hipmunk writer and avid blogger who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not writing on her blog, 31 Million Seconds, she enjoys traveling and exploring all over this beautiful country.