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Bishop's Palace

Can you imagine a palace deep in the heart of Texas? You will have to see it to believe it. Colonel Walter Gresham originally built this lavish personal residence out of limestone and granite. The elaborate rosewood-mahogany grand staircase, opulent crystal chandeliers, unique wall coverings and beautiful stained glass windows will all have you gaping in awe. In 1923, the palace was purchased for the Bishop of the Galveston-Houston Diocese. The home is probably the most famous island landmark and has been ranked in the nation's Top 100 Homes for its architecture. Daily tours are offered and you won't be disappointed.

Strand Historic District

The Strand Galveston or the historic downtown area of Galveston preserves the historical underpinnings of the city. The district center embraces diverse activities and attractions ranging from Victorian buildings to restaurants, nightclubs, wide varieties of shopping stores. The cosmopolitan strand or Avenue B as it is commonly referred to, is very popular for its seasonal Christmas festival, dickens on strand and the celebration of Mardi Gras. Today, it is renowned as a historic landmark that attracts tourists for its captivating attractions like museums and art-galleries. Certainly, it defines the entertainment pulse of the city.

Galveston Railroad Museum

You will probably want to stay at this restored station and explore the train replicas for many hours. The old Santa Fe Depot looks much the same as it did in its 1930s heyday. Multimedia studios will educate you on the history of rail transportation in the area. Located on Galveston's popular Strand, it is the perfect spot to bring the kids for a full day of activities. After all, everyone knows how the little ones feel about trains. See website for admission and complete visitor details.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

The museum interactively portrays the mechanism of oil rigs. The technology is explained with the aid of a video presentation. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum offers guided tours as well.

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens is a picturesque entertainment complex off the West Bay. Established in 1983, it continues to provide education and a living to persons with disabilities. Whether you're on the island for business or pleasure, explore the plethora of experiences it has to offer. The Rainforest Pyramid is home to over 1,000 endangered species of flora and fauna from forests across Asia and Africa. Get up close and personal with Saki Monkeys, macaws and exotic flowers. Aquarium Pyramid is an ode to the Pacific and Atlantic with penguins, seahorses and sharks encompassing the tropical array. Enjoy an astronomic and scientific expedition at the Discovery Pyramid, or the latest blockbuster at the IMAX theater. Laze around on the sandy shores of Palm Beach, Texas's very own paradise complete with a wave pool and river. The pyramids are an oasis of fun and relaxation.

Galveston Island State Park

Galveston visitors looking for a place to enjoy nature, swimming, walking trails, fishing or just surf and sun usually find their way to this park. Covering about 2000 acres, the park reaches from the west island bay to the Gulf of Mexico. It is a family paradise with picnic grounds, observation towers, bird watching and full camping facilities. Evening outdoor entertainment is offered during the summer months and reservations are advised for overnight ventures. Located on the west side of Galveston, it is easy to spot. Bring along the family and have some fun in the sun.

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