Take an excursion in an RV motorhome to Galveston, Texas for a winter’s getaway. Yes, that’s right, get away from that blustery blowing wind and snow and to the Gulf Coast for some relaxation and fun. No time like the present to have a romantic or family vacation to southern Texas! The tranquility and inspiration of beautiful sunsets and soft sunny days are enough to bring you back again and again.
Of course, Galveston has plenty of RV camping with marvelous sites where you can relax between adventures. The Jamaica Beach RV Park is right across the street from the beach and offers wonderful views. Once you settle in, you can get an overview of the city and harbor by taking a boat tour and doing some dolphin watching.
Galveston is indeed a historic town, and there are many sights to see that will give you the real flavor of the Texas past. For instance, Ashton Villa was built in 1859 and houses a marvelous museum. It was the very first brick house in all of Texas. Bishop’s Palace (also called Gresham’s Castle) was built over a period of five years with completion in 1892. On the National Register of Historic Places, this ornate Victorian-style building is one of the most significant mansions in the country.
Be sure to visit the Moody Mansion to get an idea of how a powerful and elite family lived in the early 20th Century. Construction of this home was finished in 1895. The Moody family continued to live here until 1986, with personal effects and furnishings remaining so you can experience the ambience and flavor of southern Texas living in these historic times. Then head over to the Grand 1894 Opera House to see one of the finest in U.S. historical theaters.
The Texas Seaport Museum tells many stories, and the whole family will learn about the many immigrants who made their way through Galveston as they came to the United States. Special exhibits really bring this time period to life. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy! And don’t neglect to see the Tall Ship Elissa and walk her decks. This iron-hulled sailing ship was built in 1877, sailed with nineteen sails unfurled against the violent winds of the Atlantic. She survived all the storms and is on display here in all her original glory.
In the Union Depot, the Railroad Museum is a favorite of tourists coming to Galveston. The railcars are from eras past. It is quite fascinating to see how travelers rode the rails in the past. Look at all the amazing artifacts in the museum, including a huge collection of dining ware used on the train. The kids will love the model train theatres and everyone of any age will enjoy a real railroad ride on the Harborside Express.
If you are fascinated by restored aircraft and aviation exhibits, you will want to stop by the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The many displays, either rotating or permanent, highlight one of the best collections in the nation. Another wonderful opportunity you have while in town – visiting the Strand Historic District. Just head downtown to walk these historic streets and get in some shopping.
Now for a true adventure! At Moody Gardens you can see many tropical wonders, such as monkeys, macaws and even a tropical rainforest. In the Aquarium Pyramid, you will visit with happy penguins and seals, as well as some serious sharks. Come and investigate the thrill of science at the Discovery Museum. There is a whole list of things to do at Moody Gardens!
You may not think that you could enjoy a water park in the middle of winter, but surprise! At Schlitterbahn Water Park you will find that the warm heated waters in the only heated indoor waterpark in Texas are ideal for swimming fun. In winter there are more than a dozen different heated attractions.
Before you even think about leaving Galveston and heading home, get yourself over to Galveston Island State Park where you can experience the mild climate of winter by hiking or mountain biking. You can even throw in a line for some great fishing. If you enjoy bird watching, here is the place to do it. What a perfect way to end an exciting Galveston RV vacation! Make plans to return in the summer as well, as it is just as much fun.