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Relax and Enjoy Galveston!

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It's always "island time" in Galveston. Located just 50 minutes from Houston, this 32-mile-long island offers a variety of world-class attractions without the high price tag of most beach destinations.

While you’re attending the NASW/Texas State Conference in Galveston, mixing business with pleasure will be easy as the island offers plenty of opportunities for exploring, from the adventure pyramids of Moody Gardens to the thrills of the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

You can learn about Galveston’s unique history at a variety of museums, like the historic mansion Bishop’s Palace or the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. In Galveston, even shopping and dining are historic, cultural experiences. The Historic Downtown Strand Seaport District boasts of beautiful Victorian storefronts featuring unique shops, restaurants and art galleries just a short walk away from Galveston’s Pier 21 and glistening harbor. Need more convincing? Watch this fun >>video<< for a glimpse of others enjoying the beautiful beaches and exciting attractions.




 There's so much to do in Galveston! Following are some ideas. 

The popular Pleasure Pier will be open Friday, November 13, 4:00-9:00pm, and Saturday, November 14, 11:00am-10:00pm. $5 off coupons will be available during conference at the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau kiosk, near the registration tables, while supplies last.

Schlitterbahn will be open Saturday, November 14, inside attractions only


NASW State Conference attendees may receive a 40% discount while enjoying the island through a program called "The Island Pass." Simply select four or more participating attractions and save up to 40% off retail price. Passes are valid 30 days after purchase. Visit Galveston Island Pass to learn more and take advantage of the savings.




There are several wonderful dining options within the hotel properties: Palm Court at the Hilton; Blake's Bistro, Grotto Italian Restaurant, and the Steakhouse at San Luis Resort; and Rain Forest Café, Landry's Seafood, and IHOP next to the Hilton.

For more restaurant ideas, visit or check out the Food Guide below.

happy hour

The Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach (5002 Seawall Blvd.) has Happy Hour from 3:00-7:00 pm, Monday-Friday. During this time, the following items are on special:

$3.00 Light Bites (Quesadilla, hot wings, fried cheese, and carnita tacos)

$2.00 Domestic beer
$3.25 Well drinks 


Landry's Seafood (5310 Seawall Blvd., next to The Hilton) offers an array of delicious appetizers and libations you can enjoy indoors or on their patio overlooking the ocean during their Happy Hour, Monday-Friday, 4:00-7:00 pm. See Happy Hour menu HERE.


Note: Happy Hour days and times subject to change.








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