3 days in Galveston Island & Houston Itinerary

3 days in Galveston Island & Houston Itinerary

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The Oleander City

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stewart Beach and then take a stroll through The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, kick back and relax at Galveston Pocket Park 2, and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Jardin Del Mar.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Galveston route builder app.

San Antonio to Galveston is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Antonio in May, expect nights in Galveston to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites


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Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see where the action happens at Minute Maid Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, and then admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Houston trip builder site.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Houston are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Galveston Island travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Gardens · Historic Sites
It's Island Time
Packed with vacation homes strung along a coastline of white sandy beaches, Galveston Island lies just 80 km (50 mi) southeast of Houston, so it attracts not only weekend revelers from the mainland, but also international tourists. At 43 km (27 mi) long and less than 5 km (3 mi) wide, the compact island is small enough to do most of your sightseeing on foot. Much of its area (with the exception of the town of Jamaica Beach) lies within the city limits of Galveston, a busy cruise ship port. If you plan to make Galveston your base on the island, visit at least one of the city's museums before heading to the beach.