Galveston is an island city less than an hour’s drive from Houston. Galveston is located right on the Gulf of Mexico, with terrific beaches and a thriving tourism economy. It is known for the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, a long pier lined with delicious foods, attractions, and amusement park rides. There are other great tourist attractions, like Moody Gardens, but the natural scenery might be the best feature Galveston offers. Galveston Island State Park is an excellent spot for fishing, kayaking, or canoeing, and the numerous marinas and boat ramps on the island make it a boater’s paradise.