Galveston’s Mardi Gras Celebration Is a Family Affair

January 22, 2024 | By

Make Room for the Tamale Burger This Holiday Season

December 5, 2023 | By Ali Khan

Get All the Scary Details About Texas’ Haunted History on These Ghost Tours

October 5, 2023 | By Amanda Ogle

As we creep into spooky season, and haunted houses and general scary-ment are in full swing, it’s time for us to reflect on all the real hauntings that have happened across our vast state.

Weekend Getaways from Houston: Galveston and Nacogdoches

May 30, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

You’ve Never Been to Dickens on the Strand? Bah! Humbug!

November 23, 2022 | By Edward Carey

Carvers From China Create Frozen Masterpieces at Galveston’s Ice Land

November 23, 2022 | By Robyn Ross

Editor’s Note: A Coastal Carol

November 23, 2022 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Like many acclaimed authors before him, Edward Carey found that moving away from his homeland gifted him the freedom to write about it in a way he wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Remembering the Migration of Freed Slaves on the Emancipation Trail

October 27, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

Skip the Beach and Go Antiques Shopping Instead in Galveston

August 26, 2022 | By Kathy Straach

Visitors headed to Galveston are often motivated to grab the sunscreen and hit the beach. Why not?

Galveston Island State Park’s Beachside Set to Reopen for First Time Since 2019

June 23, 2022 | By James Hernandez

Galveston Island State Park is welcoming visitors back to its popular beachside for the first time in three years.

In Galveston, Reenacting the Famous Order of Juneteenth Has Special Meaning

June 16, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Coast Guard Tall Ship ‘Eagle’ Returns to Galveston for the First Time in 50 Years

June 9, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

The old saying about everything being bigger in Texas doesn’t hold up when it comes to the tall ships Elissa and Eagle.

A Colorful Walk Along Market Street in Galveston

January 27, 2022 | By

Actor Jason Lee Seeks Beauty in the Mundane in New Galveston Photo Book

January 4, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

A New Book Explores the Lost African American Restaurants of Galveston

November 24, 2021 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Ahoy! Here’s Your Chance to Learn to Sail a 19th-Century Tall Ship in Galveston

July 30, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

If you’ve always imagined yourself hoisting sails or inching your way up the mast of an old-time sailing ship, your opportunity has arrived.

This Intracoastal Waterway Connects Texas to Florida

May 27, 2021 | By Dan Oko

Editor’s Note: Treasure Island

May 27, 2021 | By Emily Roberts Stone

While many beach towns across the country can become indistinguishable in our minds, there’s no place quite like Galveston.

The Raising of Galveston After the 1900 Hurricane

May 27, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

The Galveston Fishing Pier Illuminates the Gulf of Mexico

May 27, 2021 | By

Galveston’s Resilient Spirit Sparks Another Renaissance

May 27, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax

Restoring Galveston, new restaurants and shops lure tourists to the island once again

Galveston’s New “Absolute Equality” Mural Will Be Dedicated on Juneteenth

May 27, 2021 | By Michael Hurd

The corner of 22nd and Strand streets in Galveston’s Strand Historic District is sacred ground for Sam Collins III, a local historical preservationist.

An Orcas Sighting Off of Galveston Provides a Whale of a Good Time

April 6, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

On the morning of March 17, Capt. Sam Hardeman saw something he never expected to see in the Gulf of Mexico: a pod of orcas swarming his fishing vessel.

Galveston-Born Director King Vidor Was a Filmmaking Pioneer

March 25, 2021 | By Michael Corcoran

Celebrate Texas’ Black History Through Historical Tours

February 19, 2021 | By Alex Temblador

“At the core, the work I do with Black Austin Tours is to honor my ancestors and give them the humanity they were often denied when they walked this earth,” Wallace says. “More importantly, I want people to know that they were here. That we are here. We weren’t just enslaved people.”

The Queen of the Gulf: 5 Surprising Historical Facts About Galveston’s Iconic Hotel Galvez

February 1, 2021 | By Kathleen Maca

The Hotel Galvez cuts a dashing figure on the Galveston coastline, its Spanish Colonial-style façade turned to the Gulf of Mexico.

Getting Away to Galveston—Off-Season and Al Fresco

December 21, 2020 | By June Naylor

It’s rarely too chilly for a stroll by the sea. Even during the winter, the Texas Gulf Coast enjoys mild weather on most days.

A New Exhibit in Galveston Explores the History and Craftsmanship of Saddles

October 19, 2020 | By June Naylor

Cowboys never would have gained mythical status in dime store novels and Hollywood films if not for one tool of their trade—the saddle.

Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

July 21, 2020 | By Sarah Thurmond

Since mid-March, theaters have been unable to book their usual slate of shows and special events resulting in lost ticket sales and lost revenue. Many theaters were expecting to reopen in June, and even put all of the necessary precautions in place to keep staff and guests safe. Then COVID-19 cases began to spike again in Texas, and reopening wasn’t feasible. Some theaters have postponed their reopenings until August, while others have canceled their seasons entirely.

Space City Weather on 2020 Hurricane Season and Becoming Houston’s Go-To Weather Source

July 16, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Hurricane season on the Texas Gulf Coast is upon us, and Space City Weather is watching.

The Galveston Legend of the Infamous Pirate Jean Lafitte

June 25, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

Take an Expert-Guided Tour of Galveston Architectural Treasures (Minus the Walking) During the Online Historic Homes Tour

May 7, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

For more than 80 years, the William and Mary Margaret Moody III House has been hiding in plain sight on Galveston’s Avenue T—a surprise considering the 1938 home fills almost an entire block in a city known for its obsession with historical architecture.

5 of the Most Haunted Locations in Texas

September 30, 2019 | By MM Pack, Asher Elbein, E. Dan Klepper

For every person now alive, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, there stand 30 ghosts, “for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.” So it stands to reason that wandering spirits abound in a vast state like Texas. From the barren deserts of the west to the thick woodlands of the east, specters have been reported to haunt defunct hospitals, active schools, lonely highways, and thriving hotels.

Eh-Ha-Ha! Downtown Galveston Concert to Remember Influential Gulf Coast Cajun Fiddler

September 30, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

The Galveston Historical Foundation on Saturday will celebrate Harry Choates music with a free concert at Hendley Green with a performance by Gulf Coast musicians Kevin Anthony & G-Town, who’ve recently recorded an album of Choates’ songs.

Texas Highways Editors Share Their Favorite Coastal Destinations

June 6, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

Share your favorite coastal memories and photos using the hashtag #myTXcoast for a chance to be featured on our social media accounts.

Retrace the Life and Legacy of World-Champion Boxer Jack Johnson in Galveston

May 30, 2019 | By Michael Hoinski

“Jack Johnson was a real person from a real place called Galveston,” Collins says while standing in his church clothes outside Old Central Cultural Center, formerly Central High School, the first black high school in Texas. In the park behind Old Central, located on Avenue M, a life-size bronze statue depicts Johnson in his prime: roughly 6 feet, 200 pounds, and ready to rumble.

How Chef Mary Bass Gives Back to Galveston

May 23, 2019 | By Hannah J. Phillips

A Galveston native, Bass started her career by launching a bakery business, Viva la Cake Balls. She later became executive chef at Haak Vineyards & Winery in nearby Santa Fe in 2013, before becoming executive sous chef at BLVD Seafood when it opened in 2015. In 2018, named her “Best Chef on the Island” for the fourth consecutive year.

Photo: Vintage Postcard Depicts Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard in the 1940s

May 22, 2019 | By

The balmy excitement of a summer evening on Seawall Boulevard suffuses this vintage Galveston postcard. While the image is undated, the buildings point to the era of the 1940s and ’50s. Existing landmarks include the seawall, which the city constructed after the hurricane of 1900; the 1911 Hotel Galvez, still in operation; and Murdoch’s Bathhouse, a souvenir shop that has been rebuilt multiple times since the late 1800s. The postcard also depicts landmarks lost to time: the wooden Mountain Speedway roller coaster, built in 1921 and knocked down after Hurricane Carla in 1961; the 1929 Buccaneer Hotel, an 11-story building demolished in 1999; and, stretching over the water, the 1923 Balinese Room, a pier that succumbed to Hurricane Ike in 2008 and was famous for its history as an illegal casino.
Know of any fascinating vintage Texas photographs? Send copies or ideas to [email protected].

Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipe from Galveston’s Tremont House

February 22, 2019 | By Melissa Gaskill

The historic Galveston Tremont House bar mixes up the perfect cocktail to accompany Mardi Gras festivities. When Galveston held its first Mardi Gras celebration in 1867, no one recorded the libations served. But modern-day revelers can hoist a signature Mardi Gras Punch (see below for recipe) at the Tremont House hotel, which shares the island’s long history with the raucous holiday.

Planning a Family Get-Together? Rent a Historic Home for the Holidays

November 28, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

When grandma wakes up on a deflated air mattress and half the cousins are banished to the kids’ table, Christmas might be too crowded. Enter the home rental, where extended family can gather under one roof, everyone has a bed, and the dining table is big enough for all. For something even more special, look for houses that pack history in locations featuring plenty of festivities and activities, helping to create lasting memories—the perfect gift for the
entire family.

Where to Find Your White Christmas, Lone Star-Style

November 28, 2018 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Some called it a miracle: For a couple of hours across a wide swath of Texas last December, people could legitimately sing along to “Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”

Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Concept Coming to Texas Bars

November 19, 2018 | By Kimya Kavehkar

While most of us might be too old to sit on Santa’s lap, that doesn’t mean we’ve outgrown holiday merriment. For a warm glow within and without, make plans to stop by Miracle, a pop-up concept coming to five Texas bars this season. Miracle transforms watering holes in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Galveston into full-blown holiday wonderlands with nostalgic, kitschy décor and themed specialty cocktails Nov. 23 through Dec. 29. The concept debuted in New York City in 2014 and now has 80 locations internationally.

Where to Stay in Galveston

October 4, 2018 | By

9 Texas Cruises to Keep You Cool and Charmed This Summer

July 26, 2018 | By Heather Brand, Matt Joyce, Clayton Maxwell, June Naylor, Jennifer Babisak

We love the idea of taking a boat ride—the cool breezes, sparkling waters, and rare perspectives you just can’t see from shore. Not everybody has a boat, though. For the otherwise landlocked, here are nine Texas cruise experiences—from spotting dolphins on a paddleboat to serenading your sweetie on a gondola—that make getting out on the water a summer treat anyone can enjoy.

5 Texas Cities Where You Can Discover Your Inner Science Geek

May 24, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas Gulf Coast, where the North American continent descends into the Gulf of Mexico’s salty waters, harbors a steamy mix of marshes, bays, beaches, and ocean. Over the years, scientific institutions and conservation groups gravitated to this rich environment to establish laboratories, preserves, rescues, and aquariums dedicated to studying and protecting its diversity of life. We know most travelers escape to the coast to while away time on the beach, but we also know that such experiences take on greater meaning with a little educational insight. Here we’ve put together a science-by-the-sea road trip—a syllabus for discovering the most scintillating of salty facts.

Galveston’s Star Drug Store Cures What Ails You with Mardi Gras Masks and Milkshakes

May 23, 2018 | By

Customers once came to the Star Drug Store for their medicinal needs, but today they come for a different kind of pick-me-up: meals and merchandise. For more than a century, the Star has been a fixture in Galveston’s historic downtown. A glowing neon-lit Coca-Cola sign shines like a beacon above its sidewalk awning on 23rd Street, a few blocks south of the Strand, the island’s main commercial artery. This vintage porcelain sign, which dates from the late 1940s, is said to be one of the last of its kind.

Hendley Market in Galveston is Not Your Typical Souvenir Shop

March 20, 2018 | By Heather Brand

At the eastern end of the Strand, a historic boulevard in Galveston lined with busy restaurants and souvenir shops, an unusual sign in the shape of bespectacled eyes attracts attention. 

5 Romantic Places in Texas to Spend Valentine’s Day

February 6, 2018 | By

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the Texas Highways editors wanted to know: What are the most romantic places in the state?

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

Looking Back at The Best Texas Snow Photos

December 11, 2017 | By

With a slight chance of snow flurries in the Texas forecast this week, we decided to look back at photos from last December’s snowstorm.

Ice Land

November 14, 2017 | By

Blend the holiday spirit with a tropical getaway to Galveston’s Moody Gardens as it unveils its annual chilly spectacle, Ice Land, Nov.

Galveston Unveils Its Annual Holiday Spectacle: Ice Land

November 10, 2017 | By

What: Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX
When: Through January 7, 2018

The holiday spirit blends with the tropics this year during Galveston’s annual chilly spectacle, Ice Land.

9 of Texas’ Awe-Inspiring Man-Made Wonders

September 25, 2017 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

We asked our readers to tell us their favorite man-made wonders of Texas – those must-see locations that every Texan and visitor should see.

Cajun Goes Coastal

April 17, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

A saltwater-scented breeze tugs at the end of a roll of paper towels planted in the middle of our wooden picnic table.

Natural Galveston

April 17, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

Head east down Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, past the lights and activity of Historic Pleasure Pier, beyond the elegant Hotel Galvez and Stewart Beach Park’s broad expanse of sand dotted with blue umbrellas and beach toys, through tangles of grasses and mangroves on either side and, just past a tranquil lagoon before the pavement dead ends at water, turn right onto Boddeker Drive.

Main Street: Seawall Boulevard

December 16, 2016 | By Lori Moffatt

Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard stretches for more than 10 miles along the Gulf of Mexico, offering access to hotels, resorts, restaurants, and attractions, as well as beaches for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kite-flying, boogie-boarding, and other activities.

Tubes O’ Fun

June 20, 2016 | By Heather Brand

When I first visited Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels as a teenager in the mid-1980s, the waterpark was just a few years old.

Babe’s Beach Dedicated

June 6, 2016 | By

School’s out. The sun’s out. So the timing is right as Galveston unveils a new beach area – Babe’s Beach – which gives visitors much more room to dig their toes in the sand, play volleyball or simply stroll the coastline.

Scenic Route: Pleasure Pier in Galveston

May 17, 2016 | By

Seawall Boulevard on Galveston Island stretches about 10 miles along the island’s Gulf of Mexico side.

Park the Car and See Galveston Island by Bicycle

May 11, 2016 | By

Lucky us: A brilliantly sunny morning greets us on the day we plan to see Galveston by bicycle. It’s been years since I’ve looked at my favorite island from a bike seat, and I’m eager to revisit the sensory experience of taking in the sights and sounds and smells of a place that’s at once so historic and vibrant.

Sailing On

May 11, 2016 | By Roger Wood

Aboard the Tall Ship Elissa docked at Galveston’s Pier 21, two boys pause near the wide base of a towering pole.

Shore Things

May 11, 2016 | By Helen Anders

Texans storm the beaches for a wealth of reasons. So, when we envision the perfect beach hotel, each of us conjures a different image.

Sister Act

May 11, 2016 | By June Naylor

“You need a dose of Farley Girls,” came the recommendation from a wise Galvestonian that Saturday morning.

From Scraps to Souvenirs

May 11, 2016 | By Heather Brand

Galveston’s Ships Mechanic Row got its name back in the 19th Century when it was an artery of the island’s shipping industry, located just a few blocks from the wharf.

Of Feathers and Hope

March 21, 2016 | By Gary Clark

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” wrote 19th-Century American poet Emily Dickinson in the opening line of her poem of the same name.

Isle of Wonder

November 13, 2015 | By Eric W. Pohl

On a chilly December evening, the streets of Galveston’s historic Strand District are eerily still as a slow-moving fog rolls in off the harbor.

Haven for history

November 12, 2015 | By Heather Brand

Houston businessman J.P. Bryan had been searching for the perfect site for a museum to showcase his immense collection of artifacts and artworks chronicling the history of the American Southwest.

A Century of Seafood

August 6, 2015 | By June Naylor

Not even 10 years old when my parents treated me to my first meal at Gaido’s, the famous restaurant on Galveston’s Seawall, I figured that the giant crab perched on the roof meant this was a very special place.

Escape the Heat and Love the Nightlife

July 16, 2015 | By E. Dan Klepper

We love the night illuminated, whether by the strobe of fireflies or the dazzle of Ferris wheels, and we are drawn to light’s embrace whenever it glimmers in the darkness like an invitation to dance. We may not be much good at the moves, but it beats standing alone in a dark corner tapping our feet.

The Spice of Life

May 13, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

Around lunchtime on Galveston Island, there are few places I’d rather be than bellied up to the long, communal table at Maceo’s Spice & Import Company, elbow-to-elbow with amiable strangers, waiting for my muffaletta sandwich to come out of the kitchen.

Get Captivated

May 13, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

While nothing matches meeting a wild sea turtle on a beach or in the ocean, coming face-to-face with one in a rehabilitation or educational facility is also a thrill.

Hello Beach! Where to Eat

May 13, 2015 | By

Now that you’re at the beach, where do you go to eat in Galveston, Bolivar Peninsula and South Padre Island?

Hello Beach!

May 13, 2015 | By Robb Walsh

After years of visiting Texas beaches whenever I could, this spring I made the leap and moved my family to Galveston.

Grand by Design

February 17, 2015 | By Roger Wood

A spotlight pierces the darkened theater as an acoustic guitarist fingerpicks the opening notes of a tune.

This and Kombucha, Too!

August 17, 2014 | By Jennifer Babisak

Though my vacation dining plans usually involve lots of rich eating, I decided to mix things up on a recent trip to Galveston.

Amazing Altitudes

June 16, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

One of the greatest values of travel is that it affords us a new perspective on the world.

Texas Top 40 No. 15, Galveston

June 9, 2014 | By

With its coastal setting and intriguing history, Galveston is a favorite among readers seeking a Texas beach escape.

For the Love of the Lyric

May 21, 2014 | By Roger Wood

Among the many good reasons to visit downtown Galveston, one of the more obscure, but best, is a passion for song.

Penguin Picassos

May 21, 2014 | By Melissa Gaskill

A frequent visitor to Galveston, I’m used to sighting sea turtles, dolphins, wading birds, pelicans, and even penguins.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

Hunting for Haunted Galveston

September 10, 2013 | By Melissa Gaskill

The woman behind the registration desk at the Hotel Galvez glanced at the number as she handed me my keycard.

Ghosts of Galveston

October 4, 2010 | By Dan Oko

In the 19th Century, tragedies washed over Galveston as regularly as the tides: deadly fires, yellow-fever epidemics, and hurricanes.

Easy Embarcadero

June 1, 2010 | By Heather Brand Schatz

Strolling along The Strand, the main thoroughfare of Galveston’s historic downtown, I get the overwhelming impression that I’ve somehow traveled back to the 1800s.

Galveston’s Moody Gardens

February 21, 2009 | By

The three glass-and-metal pyramids of Galveston’s Moody Gardens have always been something of a mystery to me.

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