Top 5 Instagram Spots on Galveston Island

Where are the perfect places to snap your #GalvestonVacation pics?

We’ve found the best spots to highlight your Instagram Story during your Galveston Island vacation! Let’s face it, is it truly a vacation if you don’t share make-you-jealous pics with family & friends? 😉

There are tons of places on Galveston Island to capture #insta-worthy pics to remember your Island vacation. Our Social Media & Marketing Coordinator, Jessica, recently spent some time with her family hunting down some ideal spots for your #gramworthy #familyvacay photos.


#1 – The McGuire-Dent Recreation Center

This community rec center offers a variety of activities for local adults & children. Features include an indoor basketball gym & racquetball court, large outdoor playground, splash pad & tennis courts. When it opened its renovated doors in 2014 it was the only building in the city to pursue and receive a certification of the U.S. Green Building council.

Our favorite part is clearly visible from Seawall Blvd and takes the form of a full length sea turtle mural. Painted by island local Gabriel Prusmack & unveiled in 2017 by the Turtle Island Restoration Network and NOAA’a Flower Garden Bank National Marine Sanctuary, this 3D mural is something to behold!

Mural of Sea Turtles at the McGuire Dent Rec Center
McGuire Dent Recreation Center – 2222 28th Street, Galveston, TX

#2 – High Tide Statue

Pier 21 Statue Galveston, TX
Pier 21, Galveston, TX

Installed in 1992, the High Tide bronze statue is the third casting of a 1985 work by Charles Parks. This iconic statue is located on Pier 21, a waterfront entertainment and dining area in Galveston’s Historic District. This channel-side location is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely evening stroll, watch cruise ships, or get your #history on with a visit to the Texas Seaport Museum & Tall Ship ELISSA.

Kids of all ages will love a visit to the nearby Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum. This decommissioned oil rig that has interactive exhibits, machinery & more. Feeling adventurous? Take a boat tour of the bay and surrounding port – keep your eyes open for dolphins!


#3 = Big Beach Chair

Oversized beach chair with girl posing on it
Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand Street, Galveston, TX

The #giantchair in Saengerfest Park gets a laugh out of all ages. Pile all the kids together, pose with your girlfriends or stand back and pretend to balance your favorite mini guy pals on the palm of your giant hand.

You’ll also find giant chess and an iconic red telephone booth, as well as Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast and the Haunted Mayfield Manor here. Check the calendar of events for free community favorites like Movie or Music Nites on The Strand.

Be sure to #lovegalveston and check out what other spots people have found #gramworthy on their Galveston Island vacations!


#4 – Greetings from Galveston

Greetings from Galveston Mural
Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand Street, Galveston, TX

This nostalgic postcard-style mural outside has become the quintessential spot for vacation rental guests, day-trippers and locals to snap a pic! With bold colors & graphics, this one is sure to make your feed pop, and each letter highlights a local attraction that’s sure to inspire your vacation #ToDoList.

After you grab the perfect cover image for your digital or traditional photo album, stop in at nearby Yaga’s Cafe for lunch or a drink & a Yagatizer (we highly recommend the seafood flautas!). This local favorite offers hand tossed pizzas, seafood specials, a kids menu and more.


#5 – I ❤️ Galveston

I-heart-Galveston-mural-instagram
24th & Strand Streets, Galveston, TX

This one says it all! Head on over to the corner of Strand Street and 24th Street (aka Mitchell) to check out this cool building-long tropical mural, perfect for group shots!

These frolicking dolphins, schools of rainbow-colored fish & people-sized corals are another example of local artist Gabriel Prusmack’s magnificent murals.

This funky wall art is right next to Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill. If you time it correctly, it’s a great way to finish out your #gramworthy #galveston day.


Bonus Spots!

Historic Downtown Galveston offers a plethora of great #architecture and unique merchandise, so be sure to allow time to wander along The Strand and soak it all in. Keep an eye up to see the unique facades and architectural accents this area is known for.

Other top photo spots include:

  • Murdoch’s (2215 Seawall Blvd.) – the pilings and Gulf backdrop are the the quintessential coastal vacation image, but be prepared to work around professional photographers, as it’s a popular engagement shoot spot
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (2501 Seawall Blvd.) – the hardest part about this stop is taking time out from the rides! From carousels to ferris wheels to rollercoasters, there are plenty of #gramworthy options!
  • Tall Ship ELISSA (Pier 21) – try your hand at the helm of this working 1877 tall ship. Or at least look like it! This piece of #islandhistory is one of our favorite #mustdotours to recommend to our vacation rental guests.
  • Try one of the Top Tours of Galveston for some unique perspectives and insider shots of the most iconic place on Galveston.

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Your Instagram Story isn’t complete without shots of your Galveston Island vacation rental! Sand ‘N Sea beach houses are perfectly appointed for great photos, and have plenty of space to relax in after a long day of Instagram-ing. Book yours today!

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