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Coined the original “Playground of the South” in the 1800s, Galveston is an island city located off the Texas Gulf Coast. It is home to gorgeous beachfront condo rentals, historic Victorian-era manors and spacious, family-friendly vacation rentals. Galveston Island stretches 32 miles long and just three miles wide, creating a legendary strip with attractions, entertainment, recreation, dining and sightseeing.
You’ll find condo rentals lining pristine golf courses like the Galveston Country Club, or tucked off a busy street in the downtown district. With 14 museums and 20 art galleries scattered across the different sections, vacation rentals in Galveston are surrounded by culture and history.
There’s a waterpark, a botanical garden, amusement rides, a famous boardwalk and the world-renown “Strand” – a main street regarded as the island’s social mecca. Many vacation rentals are within 10 minutes of downtown’s cultural hub.
If you’re traveling with kids you won’t need to worry about keeping them busy. Vacation rentals on the island are surrounded by attractions and accommodations – from slides, rides and high tides to eats, beats and busy streets.
Families should look at condo rentals near the Moody Gardens Botanical Park, an all-age attraction boasting one of the world’s largest aquariums, a tropical rainforest replica with Amazon River otters, Saki monkeys and Chinese alligators, and the Discovery Museum with extravagant nature exhibits. Play a round of 18 at the Moody Gardens Golf Course or opt for a more educational bird-watching tour. With the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Botanical Gardens so close to each other, vacation rentals in this area make it easy to experience both in a single day.
The Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark will leave you sopping wet and full of smiles, with its uphill water coasters, aquatic ziplines, the Treasure Island Kids Pool, white water rapids and the exhilarating Torrent Tidal Wave River.
Waterfront vacation rentals offer the excitement of the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Hosting the towering Iron Shark roller coaster, the Texas Star Flyer (flinging riders over the water 200 feet above the Gulf), the 100-foot tall Galaxy Wheel and everybody’s favorite movie restaurant, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
Other outdoor recreation includes surfing, rollerblading, horseback riding, volleyball and boating.
Vacation rentals in Galveston’s popular downtown neighborhood put you in the center of the action. “The Strand,” considered the island’s core shopping and entertainment center, is lined with Victorian-era buildings that have been turned into boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs. The social mecca includes dining from Greek and Mexican to Italian and of course, fresh Gulf Coast seafood. Nightclubs have live music and the beach bars serve delicious margaritas. Condo rentals here have something for everyone, with art galleries galore and yearly festivals like Mardi Gras and the Galveston Island Jazz & Blues Festival.
Galveston vacation rentals themselves are historic, beautiful and full of personality. But it’s the history on the island that truly entices. Galveston is home to six historic districts with over 60 structures in the National Register of Historic Places, including ships like the Elissa at the Texas Seaport Museum and the USS Cavalla at Seawolf Park on nearby Pelican Island. There’s also the Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum and the Grand 1984 Opera House.
If you’re looking to book your next family vacation to Galveston, Texas, look no further than the condo rentals and beachfront properties available through TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals.