Yachts For Sale In Galveston
Galveston is a barrier island city and port on the southeast coast of Texas. This coastal resort city is covered with attractions, beaches, historic mansions, museums, restaurants, and more—places to see, eat, and things to do—for the entire family! The east end of Galveston Island features Stewart Beach and East Beach. Galveston Island State Park, on the west end, is loaded with birds, trails, kayak launches and fishing spots.
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YACHTS LOCATED NEAR Galveston Texas
70' Hatteras 1992
KEMAH, Texas, United States
Let It Ride
66' Sculley 66 Custom Carolina Convertible 2009
Surfside, Texas, United States
65' Viking 65 Enclosed Bridge 2005
Galveston, Texas, United States
60' Viking Convertible 2008
Galveston, Texas, United States
56' Sea Ray 56 Sedan Bridge 2001
Pottsboro, Texas, United States
STACY LE ANNE
55' Hatteras Convertible 1988
Texas, United States
55' Prestige 550 Fly 2015
Seabrook, Texas, United States
Sea Lion ll
54' Whiticar Sportfisherman 1963
Galveston, Texas, United States
54' Viking 54 Convertible 2021
Port Aransas, Texas, United States
53' DeFever 1986
Kemah, Texas, United States
53' Hatteras Convertible 1971
Seabrook, Texas, United States
She's All Hooked Up
52' Viking 52 Sport Coupe 2008
Galveston, Texas, United States
52' Carver C52 2020
League City, Texas, United States
Galveston Island’s Historic Pleasure Pier opened in 2012 on Galveston’s south shore for waterfront fun, food, and entertainment. Touted as “one of the few places in the world with that many rides over the water…” (Gulf of Mexico). Visitors can enjoy thrilling experiences on roller coasters, water slides, a carousel, bumper cars and loads of other carnival rides, and a 5D theater ride called, “Shark Attack.” Eateries like the very first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and other fare line the boardwalk, along with midway games, souvenir shops and kiosks. The pier was originally built as a WWII military recreational facility. After the war, it was repurposed as the Galveston Pleasure Pier, rapidly developing into the largest of its kind in the nation. Top dance bands of the 1940s and 50s filled the huge Marine ballroom while other guests watched movies in an open-air stadium.
The pier also featured fishing facilities, a full carnival midway, and an aquarium. Over the decades, Galveston Pleasure Pier became an iconic family destination that greatly impacted the tourism industry and the island’s economy, until a category-4 hurricane severely damaged the property in 1961. In 1965, the Flagship Hotel opened on the pier and once again tourism surged. The hotel’s unique location over the Gulf made it a favorite destination for over 40 years, until another powerful hurricane made landfall in Texas in 2008 destroying the hotel. The owner, Landry’s Inc, demolished the hotel and was approved to build a world-class amusement park on the pier, bringing the pier full-circle back to its original purpose—a premier family fun destination!
Galveston Island is the site of Schlitterbahn Waterpark/Galveston, 26-acres featuring a vast range of waterslides (body slides, mat slides, tube slides, raft slides), wave pools, zero-entry pools, river rides, zip line, heated pool with swim-up bar, surfing ride, uphill water coasters, children’s play areas, cabanas, dining, snacks & refreshments, and shops, with indoor and outdoor areas. Built to thrill, Schlitterbahn Waterparks are fun for tots to teens, and adults.
Another major attraction is Moody Gardens, a non-profit public educational tourist destination with hotel, convention center, and golf course that opened in 1986. Animal exhibits are used to educate and create conservation and wildlife awareness. There are 3 main glass pyramid structures housing the family-friendly attractions. The Aquarium Pyramid, one of the largest in the region, displays numerous species of fish and marine animals. Rainforest Pyramid is a tropical foliage environment for animals, birds, reptiles, butterflies, including free-roaming monkeys and 2-toed sloths. Discovery Pyramid features science-oriented exhibits and activities. Included in the park is Palm Beach, a landscaped beach with a waterpark for kids, freshwater lagoons, wave pool, a lazy river, tower slides, hot tub, ziplines, and splash pad play zone for children. Moody Gardens 3D Theater with 4K laser projection system and surround sound features the largest screen in Texas and a 4D Special Effects Theater (3D with sensory effects—motion seats, wind, strobe, fog, rain, scents). Moody Gardens offers 45-minute day cruises aboard an 1800s style paddlewheel cruise boat with two luxurious party rooms and Promenade Deck bar. Dinner Cruises are from 7-9 pm and private parties can be booked during regular cruises—cocktail parties or full dinners.
1892 Bishop’s Palace (aka Gresham’s Castle) is a 19,082 sq ft Victorian-style historic mansion located in the East End Historic District. This National Historic Landmark is on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the most significant Victorian residences in the country. Constructed 1887-1893 for lawyer Walter Gresham, founder of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad. The mansion consists of a basement level and 3 formal floors; the fireplaces are from all over the world. Mrs. Gresham’s art studio on the third floor offers a unique view of the Gulf. The property was purchased by the Catholic Diocese in 1923 and was named for Bishop Christopher C.E. Byre who lived there until his death in 1950. In 2013 Bishop’s Palace was purchased by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Tours are available.
Guided tours are available of the 1895 Moody Mansion, a 28,000 sq ft 4-story Romanesque style home that was restored to its original turn of the century magnificence. Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1994 and a Texas Historical Landmark since 1967. Visitors can tour its 20 rooms that depict the home life of a wealthy Texas family. The financial empire of William Lewis Moody, Jr, American financier and entrepreneur, was first built on cotton and then he diversified into banking, ranching, insurance, newspaper publishing, railroads, and hotels. WL Moody Jr purchased the manse from heirs of the original owner shortly after the 1900 hurricane. Members of the Moody family remained in the home until 1986 when it was bequeathed to become a museum. The first floor, ballroom, and dining room can be rented for special events.
Downtown Historic Strand and Seaport District with Pier 21 features Victorian-era buildings of the late 1800s, waterfront dining, shopping, and many attractions in the heart of Galveston Island. Pier 21 on Galveston harbor is lined with a variety of attractions, restaurants and lodging at the exclusive Harbor House & Marina with harbor view and 9-slip marina. The marina is available to boaters staying overnight or visiting for the day; call to reserve. The Pier 21 Theater features 3 family-friendly documentary films highlighting the major events of Galveston Island, such as the devastating hurricane of 1900, Galveston’s pirate history featuring the exploits of notorious Jean Laffite, and a PBS documentary on Galveston’s historical Port of Entry immigration in the early 1900s. The Strand and Pier 21 was once called the “Wall Street of the South” with the concentration of the wealth, banking, and commerce in the area based on the exportation of cotton and other products.
Most of the Downtown buildings survived the 1900 hurricane. Downtown is comprised of 4 distinct districts—The Strand, Pier 21, Postoffice Street, and West Market. Some of Galveston’s biggest events and festivals are held in the Downtown Historic area. The Strand is a 5-block National Historic Landmark District near the City Wharf encompassing mostly Victorian-era buildings with ornate iron balconies. The oldest date to 1855 and 1858, most others are late 1800s. These well-preserved buildings in the heart of the city now house restaurants, night clubs, art galleries, retail and souvenir shops, antique shops, boutiques, and museums, such as the Galveston Railroad Museum with exhibits and examples of train history.
The Texas Seaport Museum is a 19th century Ship and Maritime Museum, featuring ELISSA, the 1877 square-rigged iron barque that was rescued from a scrapyard in Greece in 1978. This rare (only 3 in the world), historical vessel was restored and transformed into a floating museum, capable of active sailing, in 1982. ELISSA is the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark, and draws around 40,000 visitors annually. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, owned and operated by the Offshore Energy Center is located on Pier 19 in the historic Port of Galveston, just 1 block off The Strand. The museum is a mat supported jack-up drilling rig built in 1969 by Bethlehem Steel that was in use for about 20 years. It was purchased by OEC in 1995 and was refurbished and converted into a museum that opened in 1997. Guided tours of the retired rig and interactive displays provide an educational view of the Texas oil industry and offshore exploration.
The Port of Galveston in Galveston harbor is the oldest port in the Gulf, west of New Orleans. The port was established by the Congress of Mexico in 1825 when the region was still part of Mexico. Port of Galveston is comprised of the Galveston Ship Channel, south side of Pelican Island, north side of Galveston Island, and the entrance to Galveston Bay. In the mid-19th century, the Port of Galveston was the second busiest port, after New York City. Cotton was the major export item along with wheat. In the early 1900s, the port was a major immigration center. Since 2000, the Port of Galveston began serving cruise lines initially with Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Celebrations.”
The Port of Galveston offers convenient and secure parking for cruise passengers departing from Royal Caribbean’s Terminal 2 or Carnival/Disney at Terminal 1, and other Cruise Lines departing from Port of Galveston’s terminals. A third terminal is planned to exclusively serve Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class of cruise ships in 2022. The cruise ship turn area is regularly dredged every 4 years. In 2016 the port constructed the Galveston Downtown Transit Terminal for a stronger link to the City of Galveston, featuring a shopping center and parking. The port also handles cargo and connects by rail to the Galveston Railroad for intermodal transport.
Family-friendly Galveston Fishing Pier was built in 1971 on Seawall Blvd on the gulf shore of the island. The pier was destroyed in 2008 by hurricane Ike and rebuilt in 2010 with the T-head completed in 2015. The pier is accessible 24/7 and features a LiveCam feed. Extending over 1000 ft into the Gulf of Mexico, it is the longest privately-owned pier between Texas and Maine and a favorite destination of fishermen and visitors alike. Fishing record setters have been caught from the Galveston Fishing Pier—a World Record puffer weighing 30lbs and a Texas State Record tarpon at 220lbs! Jimmy’s Place, a casual dining eatery on the pier is renowned for excellent burgers and fish tacos. Bait & tackle shop, bike & board rental concession, and more are also on the pier.
The 61st Street Fishing Pier was also destroyed by Ike in 2008 and rebuilt/reopened in 2010. The 61st Street Pier is located on Seawall Blvd east of Galveston Fishing Pier and is open 24/7 March to December. During winter months, Dec-Jan-Feb, hours will vary with the weather. Sharks and bull reds can be fished from the T-head of the pier in the Surf Rod Zones at either end. Located on Galveston’s Pelican Island, Seawolf Park, dedicated to the USS Seawolf, is open year-round from dawn to dusk and features a fishing pier open 24/7 that is an excellent spot for angling saltwater fish in the shipping channel. The embankment allows access to the bay for wade fishing and bait casting. A WWII submarine (USS Cavalla) and destroyer escort vessel (USS Stewart) are on display at Seawolf Park. There are also picnic sites and a playground.
Galveston Seawall runs over 10 miles along Texas Farm to Market (F.M.) 3005 (Seawall Boulevard). Designated a heritage coastal defense and promenade urban park and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2001. Construction of the 17ft high, 16ft thick at its base seawall began in 1902 after the devastating hurricane of 1900 and the initial 3.3-mile segment was completed in 1904. Since then, it has been extended to its present 10.3-mile length over the decades until 1963. The promenade on top of the seawall is considered the longest continuous sidewalk at 10.3 miles!