The Best Instagramable Spots on Galveston Island

Galveston is full of stunning natural beauty, incredible landmarks, and vibrant public art that are just waiting to be featured on your Instagram feed.

The island is home to its fair share of picture-perfect places from its stunning coastlines to its historic downtown. No wonder the hashtag #LoveGalveston has over 81,000 mentions on Instagram.

A kid standing in the at the Galveston Historic Seaport and 1877 Tall Ship Elissa.

pictured: 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Galveston Island's Historic Pleasure Pier

No trip to the island is complete without a selfie in front of Galveston’s Historic Pleasure Pier. Visit Murdochs breezeway to get the prime angles for your shot!

People enjoying the balcony area of Murdochs in Galveston, TX.
Murdochs breezeway.

Moody Gardens Aquarium Tunnel

One of the most iconic locations in Galveston to impress your Instagram followers in inside Moody Gardens Aquarium Tunnel. Take your time and wait for a shark to swim overhead for even more likes!

A child admiring the aquarium tunnel of Moody Gardens.
Moody Gardens Aquarium Tunnel by @sknoerr on Instagram.

1892 Bishop’s Palace

Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop's Palace, is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures that are sure to impress your followers.

Greetings From Galveston Mural

Located on the sidewall of Yaga’s Café in Saengerfest Park, this postcard mural is perfect for Instagram. While you’re on The Strand taking this perfect selfie, play a game of giant chess or grab a beverage at Stuttgarden Tavern’s 3rd Floor terrace.

A woman smiling in front of the postcard-like Galveston Mural.
Greetings From Galveston Mural by @agns0.8.6 on Instagram.

Postoffice St. Mural Wall

Take a stroll down Postoffice Street and you will find a mural brought to the community by an organization called the Galveston Kindness Project. This group is dedicated to spreading kindness as an action, instead of just as a nice word or thought. Our favorite photo op here is the umbrella, but we’ll let you choose yours!

A couple posing by an umbrella mural at Postoffice Street.
@keepfashion_weird on Instagram.

The McGuire-Dent Recreation Center Turtle Wall

One of our favorite murals is clearly visible from Seawall Blvd and takes the form of a full-length sea turtle mural. Painted by island local Gabriel Prusmack & unveiled in 2017 by the Turtle Island Restoration Network and NOAA’a Flower Garden Bank National Marine Sanctuary, this 3D mural is something to behold!

McGuire-Dent Recreation Center Turtle Wall

Maceo’s Spice & Import Company Mural

This hidden gem is well worth a visit for their food alone, but while you’re at Maceo's, snag a few pictures in front of their colorful, geometric mural wall right outside!

A mosaic-like mural by Maceo's Spice & Import Company. on Instagram.

Shark Shack Mural

Also located on The Strand in Historic Downtown Galveston, this mural is too good to not be shared! Spanning the entire side of Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill, this is a perfect photo op if you truly #LoveGalveston.

Friends posing in front of the Shark Shack Mural by The Strand.
@miss_marleemar on Instagram.


Popular for wedding, engagement and family photos, Beachtown is one of the most picturesque towns on the island. To really step your Instagram feed up, consider hiring a local photographer to snap photos of you and your family.

A woman walking down a boardwalk in Beachtown. on Instagram.
As always, when sharing your experiences on Galveston Island, use #LoveGalveston and tag @GalvestonIsland!

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Posted 3/8/2024
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Clayton Kolavo Digital Content Strategist

Clayton oversees Galveston Island's online presence through various social media platforms, and other online outlets.