Galveston is rich with history, gay-friendly beaches, and plenty of places to eat, drink, and be merry. Whether you’re just visiting or you call Houston home, the quick trip down I-45 is a great option for escaping the H-Town hustle and bustle to soak up some sun and island vibes.

Where to Stay

Grand Galvez

Renowned as the “Queen of the Gulf”, the Grand Galvez is a AAA 4-diamond property established in 1911. Plucked straight out of a Wes Anderson film, the historic hotel is the beachfront hotel for visitors looking for an elevated stay in Galveston. The elegant and classic vibe and design of the space create a romantic space with modern sophistication. With tranquil room accommodations, a luxurious spa, and a host of food and beverage options, the Grand Galvez is certainly a sight to behold and a perfect option for a scenic island getaway.

Hotel Lucine

A brand new boutique hotel a mere 30 yards from the beach located along Seawall Blvd. offers a picturesque, upscale oasis for visitors and locals alike. Hotel Lucine absolutely lives up to its nickname, “The Best Little Beach House in Texas”. The laidback hotel comes complete with gorgeous accommodations, a heated pool (perfect for year round enjoyment), private room patios, a rooftop bar, and plenty of events to keep guests entertained, such as live music and yoga. Dinner and drinks are served at The Fancy, the hotel’s self-proclaimed American “fine-ish dining” establishment that features a perfectly curated menu of light bites (the salmon toast is a must) and mains, along with desserts that you will want to be sure to leave room for. Book your stay or make a reservation for your day trip to the island today and fall in love with your new home away from home!

If you’re looking for something more lowkey, yet still comfortable and high-quality, consider staying at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Galveston, or Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galveston Beach, TX.

Where to Party

Galveston may not have as many gay bars as Houston, but the island destination still has haunts that are geared toward the LGBTQ+ community.

23rd Street Station Piano Bar

23rd Street Station Piano Bar is the long-running bar that is open to all. Dueling pianos, sing-a-longs, karaoke, and an old school lounge vibe make this Galveston staple a great spot to enjoy some live entertainment and cocktails.

Robert’s Lafitte positions itself as “Galveston's original drag show bar, and the oldest LGBT bar in the state of Texas”. All are welcome and are treated as family when they walk through the doors at the historic and humble bar. The fully stocked bar, indoor and outdoor space, plethora of drag entertainment, and tropical vibes make it a unique experience for queer folks to let loose. Watch your step, because Lafitte features a pool located right outside the bar!

Located right across from the beach, Island Time Beach Bar & Grill is a place for all. With a calendar packed with happy hour specials, karaoke, drag shows, drag bingo, and so much more, Island Time is a perfect place to grab a drink with friends on their expansive patio deck and enjoy some unique entertainment!

Where to Visit

Galveston is rich with history and features plenty of sights to see and things to do. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you won’t be disappointed during your trip to the island.

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens is truly a one-stop-shop that features an array of activities and things to do. Whether you’re looking to play a round of golf, enjoy a relaxing spa day, gaze at the various wildlife at the aquarium, take in a unique 3D or 4D movie experience, or enjoy a seasonal event, you needn’t look further than Moody Gardens.

Pleasure Pier - Galveston

If you’re looking for a picturesque and fun-filled beach experience, you have to stop by Pleasure Pier! Whether you’re racing along the track on the Iron Shark Roller Coaster, swinging through the air on the Gulf Glider, or spinning right round on the Revolution, you’ll have a blast partaking in the many carnival-style rides available on the pier.  Dine at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., snag some carnival bites, win prizes playing carnival games, and even shop ‘til you drop at Pleasure Pier!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston

Offering miles of fun, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston is the perfect place to spend the day for thrills, relaxation, and plenty of fun in the sun. Grab your friends and head to Schlitterbahn for sky high waterslides, relaxing lazy rivers, and plenty of pools to keep you cool in the infamous Texas heat.

Pride Galveston

If you’re Jonesing for a relaxing beach day, head to one of Galveston’s queer-friendly sandy spots. Head over to Stewart Beach, located at 6th Street and Seawall Boulevard, or East Beach, which historically hosts Galveston Pride Beach Bash & Block Party, located near Galveston Island’s eastern tip. Bring an umbrella and a cooler packed with your favorite bites and beverages and soak in the sun and salty air. 

Before you leave, don´t forget to take a pic with this unique Galveston mural as a background. It is located in Saengerfest Park (2302 The Strand).

Greetings from Galveston mural

Galveston is located so close to Houston! What are you waiting for? The island is calling!

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Photos: Courtesy of attractions, hotels and venues mentioned in this post.