Galveston is home to numerous beaches, restaurants, shops, and attractions, making it a popular vacation spot for families and groups of friends. One of the best ways to explore Galveston is by watching the live webcams that are set up around the Island.
These cameras provide a real-time view of what the island looks like. Knowing Galveston's current conditions makes it easier to plan your visit. You can watch the waves wash up against the shore at the beach, get a glimpse of the visitors passing through The Historic Strand District, or even witness the catching of a few fish if you're lucky.
San Luis Pass separates the far western end of Galveston Island from the mainland. Only about one mile across, this strait is known for rough tidal currents and fabulous fishing. The relatively narrow width accelerates the effects of tidal currents. Over time, these currents have created several pockets of very deep water where you'll find some prime Gulf specimens. If you're planning on fishing during your visit, be sure to stay onshore and be aware of loose sand when it comes to parking. The sand flats here are also a prime spot for Galveston birding - catch sight of pelicans, Bonaparte's Gulls, migrating plovers, skimmers, and more on this live camera!
Historic Downtown Galveston offers a wide variety of shops, art galleries, antique stores, museums, and local Galveston restaurants. From the well-known Strand District to the infamous historic Red Light District, you'll find visitors and locals alike strolling the raised sidewalks along Strand Street. Watch them make candy at LaKing's Confectionery, spend an evening at Saengerfest Park, view the Absolute Equality Mural, and more!
Galveston Island is home to several fishing piers that extend right out over the Gulf - perfect for an afternoon with the whole family! Pier passes, bait, tackle, and more are available for purchase at the Galveston Fishing Pier at 91st Street and Seawall Blvd. Stop by Jimmy's on the Pier for lunch or dinner any day of the week for a true waterfront dining experience!