Located in Galveston County just off the southeast coast of Texas, Galveston is one of the Lone Star State's most popular resort cities. It spreads out across both Galveston Island and Pelican Island and covers an area of more than 200 square miles in total. Over 50,000 permanent residents call Galveston home, with countless others flocking over to this coastal city each year to enjoy the sights, sounds, and indulgences of the local attractions, eateries, and live entertainment venues. Some of the key hotspots around Galveston include the Schlitterbahn Water Park, Galveston Island State Park, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and the Moody Gardens amusement park. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Galveston RV Parks

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In short, Galveston is a city with a lot to offer for visitors of all ages. It also has an interesting history dating all the way back to the 1700s, being named after a Spanish military leader named Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid. If you're planning a trip down to Galveston to have some fun at the various fairground rides and attractions of this unique resort location or check out some of the local historical sites, visiting in an RV is a great idea. There are plenty of great RV parks to be found in and around Galveston; read on for names, addresses, contact information, and detailed overviews of the best RV parks in the Galveston area.

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2.Galveston Island RV Resort

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A warm welcome, professional service, and impeccable facilities will await you at Galveston Island RV Resort, which is by far one of the best rated RV parks in the Galveston area. A perfect spot for people who are in Galveston for fishing, birdwatching, beachcombing, and similar activities, this RV park is only a short walk away from some of the best beaches in the city.

The RV sites here are very long and wide to cater to all models of RV and the community spirit and friendly atmosphere at this RV park helps to elevate it above the competition. All RV sites are fitted with cable TV and wireless internet, as well as the standard utilities, and the local amenities include a laundry room, swimming pool, and clubhouse.

23700 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, Phone: 409-200-2745

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3.Dellanera RV Park

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Located right in the heart of Galveston, Dellanera RV Park is perfect for people who want to roam the local streets and check out the various stores, eateries, and unique landmarks that have helped to make this place such a popular coastal resort town over the years. Whether you’re traveling as a family, a group of pals on a road trip, or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, Dellanera RV Park is a fine option to choose.

Various kinds of site are available at this RV park including some with lagoon views and others with ocean views, and the park itself is less than a minute away from the beach, so you can simply step out of the RV and take a quick stroll over to the soft sands of Galveston. On-site amenities including fire pits, Wi-Fi access, a laundry room, showers, toilets, a general store, a meeting room, and picnic tables.

10901 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, Phone: 409-797-5102

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4.Sandpiper RV Resort

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Out near the eastern edge of the island offering remarkable views of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Sandpiper RV Resort is another very highly rated RV park in the Galveston area with the best facilities and staff to ensure that your stay in this stunning Texas coastal city is a memorable one for all the right reasons.

With a good number of affordable sites, this RV park can cater to all kinds of RVs and comes with free Wi-Fi, green spaces for families and guests to enjoy, pet-friendly facilities, a theater, laundry area, restrooms, a communal kitchen, a lounge space, a huge pool, a hot tub, and more. This RV park is also nicely located for areas like Galveston Yacht Basin, the Historic Downtown Strand District, the Cruise Terminal, and Stewart Beach.

201 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-765-9431

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5.Jamaica Beach RV Park

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Located in a great spot just off Termini-San Luis Pass Road and mere minutes from Jamaica Beach and the Galveston Island State Park Nature Center, the Jamaica Beach RV Park is a wonderful place to spend a few days or weeks in Galveston. With a friendly atmosphere and excellent facilities, this RV park guarantees great experiences every time.

All of the spacious RV sites here are equipped with electricity, water, sewer, cable TV, and high speed Wi-Fi, as well as picnic tables. There's also a long list of on-site amenities to make your stay even better include a family pool, a beach pool, a lazy river, hot tub, splash pad, basketball court, game areas, bounce house, picnic pavilion, pool table, shower houses, laundry rooms, a communal kitchen, a mini-golf course, a pizzeria, and more.

17200 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, Phone: 409-632-0200

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4 Best Galveston, TX RV Parks & Campgrounds

Attraction Spotlight: Bishop’s Palace

Bishop’s Palace, also known as Gresham House, is a National Historic Landmark in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Texas. Historians list the Victorian residence as one of the most significant in the United States. Bishop’s Palace was built for Civil War Colonel Walter Gresham and his family in 1887. Colonel Gresham was also an attorney who served in the Texas Legislature and businessman who founded several rail roads including the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe.


Nicholas Clayton designed the Victorian house to be Chateausque and mimics a popular French Revival style that was popular at the turn of the century. Elements of Romanesque and Tudor architecture are included in this design making the home particularly unique and a stand out among the other homes in the area then and now. The home is four stories including the raised basement levels.

The archdiocese of Houston purchased the home through funds raised by locals as a residence for the Bishop in 1921. The home was used for this purpose until it was purchased by the Galveston Historical Society in 2012 where grants were acquired for restoration efforts. Recent preservation efforts have included new electrical wiring, new windows and stained-glass repair, work to the foundation with other projects planned. The Galveston Historical Foundation has been managing the property since 2007 and welcomes more than 65,000 visitors annually. GHF was incorporated in 1954 and is one of the largest preservation organizations focusing on local efforts in the United States. The foundation is focusing on redeveloping the Galveston community, public education and historic preservation with stewardship of historic properties and maritime artifacts.

Touring Bishop’s Palace

The 1887 Victorian mansion offers several different options for tours; however, visitors should be aware that the home is not currently wheelchair accessible. There are no ramps allowing wheel chair access into the home and no elevators inside to transport visitors with accommodation needs between the four floors of the home. Audio tours with photographs and written transcripts of tours are available to those with disabilities who cannot access all parts of the home. After your tour make sure to stop at The Shop at the Palace, a one of a kind gift shop offering historic home merchandise, Victorian era themed items, locally crafted gifts and accessories and souvenirs.

Basement to Attic Tours- Reservations for these tours need to be made in advance and allow visitors to see parts of the home not available during the regular tour including Mrs. Gresham’s studio, a panoramic viewing point from the third floor overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, and other details of the home that showcases why it is listed as a National Historic Landmark and one of the best examples of the gilded-age in the region.

Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours- These tours allow visitors to use handheld devices to engage in audio tour commentary detailing the history of the home and Gresham family significance. These tours are great adds to the regular admission tour and are self-guided provided an immersion into the history of the palace.

Bishop Palace Extended Tours- Extended tours are guided and now includes the third floor. Tours are led by experienced and trained volunteers.

Full Moon Tours- After hours tours offered during full moons showcase Bishop’s Palace in a unique way as they are guided through the home on a volunteer led tour.

Private Tours- Private tours can be booked for up to 6 people. Basic guided tours are offered with a more personal and in-depth look at the furnishings, history and architecture of the home. Behind the scenes tours that education on the restoration efforts underway at Bishop’s Palace are also available.

Educational Opportunities

Bishops Palace is open to group and school tours with guided tours being able to accommodate groups of 20 or more. Students can learn a great deal about architecture and history by visiting Bishop’s Palace in conjunction with the other historic landmarks in the Galveston area or that are owned and/or managed by the Galveston Historical Society.

Special Events

Bishop’s Palace cannot be rented for private events, but can be used for wedding photography when sessions are booked in advance. The home is the location for special events hosted by the Galveston Historical Society throughout the year. Many of the events are not reoccurring and are outlined on the events calendar found on the Bishop Palace website. Past events have included eclipse viewing parties, show and tell art collection events, Lantern light tours, gallery readings, lectures and more.

1402 Broadway, Galveston, Texas, 77550, Phone: 409-762-2475

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Attraction Spotlight: 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA in Galveston, Texas is an iron-hulled, three-masted sailing ship that was constructed in 1877 by Alexander & Company in Aberdeen, Scotland. The ship features nineteen sails that cover a surface area of more than one-quarter of an acre. Tall ships, such as ELISSA, are classified by their sailing rig configuration. The tall ship ELISSA is 'barque' since she is built with square and fore-and-aft sails on her fore and mainmasts, but only carries fore-aft sails on her mizzenmast. The ship measures 205 feet in length, from the jibboom to the stern. ELISSA measures ninety-nine feet and nine inches in height at the main mast, and displaces around 620 tons of water at her current ballast. However, she is much more than wood, canvas, and iron.

The builder of Elissa was Henry Fowler Watt. According to his granddaughter, Marjorie Lyle, the name of the ship is from The Aeneid, an epic Roman poem. The tragedy of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, is the unifying theme for the first part of the tale. Before she was the Queen of Carthage, Dido was a Phoenician princess by the name of Elissa. She fled to Africa, where she founded Carthage, from Tyre.

Unlike several tall ships that can be seen today, ELISSA is a surviving ship, not a replica. The ship was built towards the end of the "Age of Sail" to fill a hole in maritime commerce. Throughout her ninety years of commercial history, ELISSA transported an array of cargo to many ports worldwide, for several different owners. Her life as a freighter ended in Piraeus Harbor in Greece, where she was saved from a scrap yard by a number of ship preservationists who refused to let the ELISSA die there. The story of her discovery and restoration is a miraculous tale, and is wonderfully retold through video presentation and photographs at the Texas Seaport Museum.

The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA today is far more than just an artifact of the past. She is a completely functional vessel that to this day still sails the sea. The ship is sailed each year in the Gulf of Mexico during sea trials. With the help of the Galveston Historical Foundation and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, history is brought to life and the ELISSA, as well as the art of nineteenth century sailing, are still around today.

Groups can explore the ELISSA, a National Historic Landmark, and the world of sailing during the nineteenth century with the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Tour. The beautifully restored vessel visited Galveston, Texas in 1883 with a cargo of bananas from Tampico, Mexico, representing the major port city's affluent past. The one-hour tour includes a short video about the rescue of ELISSA and a guided tour through the merchant vessel, from stern to bow.

Younger guests can take part in the "It’s a Sailor's Life" program either during the day or overnight. The program offers a unique adventure into the world of ocean voyages and tall ships. Participants learn what it took to be a sailor on the high seas through a variety of hands-on activities.

103 Industrial Loop, Galveston, Texas, Phone: 830-990-1192

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Attraction Spotlight: Galveston Children’s Museum

The Galveston Children’s Museum in Galveston, Texas on the first level of the Moody Mansion. The museum seeks to inspire social, academic, and problem-solving skills through creative and imaginative play for children up to 10 years old.

In 2011, educator Nancy Schultz, now Executive Director of the Galveston Children’s Museum, presented the concept of a children’s museum in Galveston to the Mary Moody Northen Endowment program. The endowment shared Nancy’s vision and donated the space for the museum on the ground floor of the Moody Mansion.


After two years of development, planning and fundraising, all through volunteer efforts, the Galveston Children’s Museum opened for a public preview in April 2013. The Museum was well received in the community and within a few months a Board of Directors was elected and the museum was legally incorporated in July. The museum is supported through many community resources including local businesses such as Island ETC, Texas A&M and the Galveston Restaurant Group. Galveston Children’s Museum officially opened to the public in July 2014 as a safe and engaging place for children up to age 10 to learn about their environment and develop social, academic and problem-solving skills through play and creativity.

Families on SNAP or Medicaid receive discounted admission through the Everybody Plays Program of Texas. Summer and holiday hours are determined by the local school districts. Visitors should check online for hours and admission details.


The Galveston Children’s Museum is divided into 8 exhibits that represent different parts of our world where children can engage and play through imagination and problem solving.

Our Town- This exhibit is set up as a small town where children can play in fishing boats and learn about fishing and crabbing, go grocery shopping, or work in a pizza parlor among other fun experiences.

Kid’s Clinic- Doctor’s and healthcare are the focus of the Clinic that teaches children not to be afraid of the doctor or hospital, promoting positive body awareness and practicing medical treatment and care of babies and stuffed animal patients.

Building Zone- A truly hands on experience, the building zone inspires creativity in building through Legos and other materials that provide children an opportunity to problem solve and use their imagination to create.

A Stroke of Genius- The art studio at Galveston Children’s Museum offers many mediums for children to explore including painting, sculpture and textile fabrication. Visitors to this area can expect to get messy, but all paint is washable and aprons are provided.

Tinker Workshop- The Workshop allows children to tinker with mechanics and learn how things work. Children can take things apart, use safe tools, and problem solve through building and inventing.

Explore and Discover- The science of physics in explored in this exhibit that teaches children to be engineers and experiment with materials such as ramps, electricity, and other scientific concepts through safe play.

Now Starring You- Children can use their imaginations to put on plays, puppet shows, dress up in costumes, and play with a word wall. Social skills and imagination are the core concepts of this exhibit.

Room to Grow- Designed for young learners up to age 5, this museum zone features books, sand, and toys to engage toddlers and pre-k visitors in a scaled down version of museum exhibits.

Events and Educational Opportunities

The Galveston Children’s Museum is committed to providing an educational experience for children and offers special events throughout the year to offer more engagement. Events can be found scheduled on the Museum events calendar online. Some events include Lularoe shopping parties, Homeschool workshops, parent’s night out, and more.

Summer Camp- Every summer the Galveston Children’s Museum offers day camps that provide an immersion into different scientific principals with themes each week. Past themes have included The Art and Science of Bubbles and Color, Tinkering and Creating, Sounds and Instruments, and more!

Bug Fest- This weekend hosted in the Spring is features bugs and how they impact our world. There are many fun and interactive temporary exhibits for this event that is included for free with museum admission.

Field Trips- The Galveston Children’s Museum welcomes educators and their classes to the museum with discounted rates for groups of 20 or more. Visits outside of normal open hours can be arranged through the museum Director. Field trips are 2 hours and a museum guide is provided for the duration of the visit. Bilingual Guides are not available and sick children should be kept at school or home.

Birthday Parties- The museum is rentable for children’s birthday parties. A private party room and science activity is provided along with a hostess for the event. 35 guest maximum.

Dining at the Museum

There are no dining facilities within the museum; however, outside food and drink can be brought to the museum if they are not consumed in the exhibit areas. There are tables and picnic areas located just outside of the museum for classes that wish to eat on site.

2618 Broadway, Galveston, Texas, 77550, Phone: 409-572-2544

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