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Winter on Galveston Island

As much of the US starts to see snow and icy cold weather, we can’t help but rejoice as we grab our pullovers, throw on our flip flops (because, seriously, they are an all-year wardrobe piece — no matter what our mother says), and be SO happy we get to call this Gulf Coast island of Galveston our home.

Even though it’s not quite sunbathing weather, there is still plenty to do in this island paradise! If you’re looking for a cozy, fun-packed getaway from Houston, Dallas, Austin, or beyond for Christmas or the winter months, here’s why Galveston may just be the spot for you.

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Christmas in Galveston

There’s a sleigh full of winter wonder-island holiday events to explore when you spend Christmas in Galveston! From festive light displays and performances to unique holiday attractions like ICE Land, Galveston is a magical experience a short drive from Houston that shouldn’t be missed.

Bring your family to the island for a weekend getaway or a full holiday vacation in November or December. Either way, there are events for all ages and West End beach houses that are guaranteed to be the perfect fit!

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Thanksgiving in Galveston (2023)

Family in fall clothing hugging on the beach

Sun, surf…and turkey? Absolutely! Bringing your family together for the holiday can be stressful, but when you make it a destination holiday you can take a lot of the worries, like, “Will Aunt Susie notice that I didn’t dust the baseboards?” out of the equation.

This holiday season, spend your time making memories that will last you a lifetime. Leave the cleaning, prepping, and maybe even the turkey roasting to the experts so you can sit back, relax, and make the most of time with the special people in your life! Read on to discover why your family should spend Thanksgiving in a stunning vacation rental home in Galveston.

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13 Best Seafood Restaurants in Galveston

Is there anything better than enjoying fresh seafood with an island view? We’d argue there’s not! Luckily for you,  that’s exactly what you can expect during your vacation to Galveston Island. To top it off, our seafood is infused with delicious local flavors influenced by Southwestern, Creole, Cajun, and Southern culinary traditions, making it unlike any your taste buds have experienced.  

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A First-Timer’s Guide to The Strand in Galveston

Ask anyone what there is to do on vacation in Galveston other than the beach and they’ll tell you that the best taste of the island is found along The Strand Historic District. Located just opposite Galveston Bay on the channel, The Strand is a charming business district full of historical buildings, locally owned shops, entertainment, bars, and restaurants. 

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6 Great Dolphin Tours in Galveston

With easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay, Galveston Island is the perfect place to book a dolphin-watching excursion.

The popular Texas vacation destination is known for its sandy beaches, the Strand Historic District, and the Historic Pleasure Pier boardwalk. However, it’s also a prime locale for wildlife watching, especially when it comes to bottlenose dolphins, the only type of cetacean native to Texas bays!

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