How about taking a private tour with a local expert? Christine Hopkins is a local guide for ToursByLocal and offers a walking tour in Galveston’s historic downtown covering history, things to go, and where to go. She’s co-author of 100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die and was born and raised on the
island. Private tours are limited to no more than 6 participants and are booked in advance.

90-Minute Intro to Galveston History Tour in Historic Downtown Galveston

There was a time when Galveston was known as the Wall Street of the Southwest. Like New Orleans, Galveston grew as a city because of its natural harbor, making it a center for commerce and business. The 1900 Storm and other economic challenges changed that until visionaries, like George P. Mitchell and the Galveston Historical Foundation, saved and restored these historic buildings to revive and create a thriving historic downtown.

During this 90-minute walking tour you'll hear about the history of Galveston and what has made this historic downtown a "go-to" for visitors again.

This tour begins at 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays at 23rd and Strand (Saengergest Park). Take advantage of free parking on 25th Street between Strand and Postoffice. Reserve your private tour here.

2-Hour Best Places to Shop in Galveston Tour

Shopping should be part of every vacation! Let Christine, a "BOI" (born on the island) take you to my favorite boutiques, shops and galleries in Galveston's Historic Downtown. During this shopping tour, we'll stop at Galveston's most popular locally owned businesses for that special item you are looking for. Please email me with any specific requests.

I've put together three itineraries for shopping including fashion favorites, art and antiques, fun finds and more!

This tour begins at 11 am Saturdays and 12 pm Sundays (coincides with the opening of shops). Reserve your private tour here.

90-Minute Historic Downtown Top Sites & Museums Tour

Galveston's Historic Downtown offers four museums, harbor excursions, documentaries at Pier 21 Theater and a year-round haunted house. The venues are all within walking distance from one another.

During this 90-minute walking tour, you'll get an overview of what's available and get acclimated on the location of Galveston's Downtown Museums and Tours to make the most of your time on the island.

This tour begins at 10am Saturdays and Sundays. Reserve your private tour here.


  • Family Friendly
  • Historic
  • Woman Owned Business
  • Local Owned
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