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Seeing Galveston: Things to Do

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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 video!




 There's so much to do in Galveston! Following are just a few ideas. 


attendee discounts

  • The "Show Your Badge Discount." The wonderful Galveston CVB has arranged for NASW/Texas State Conference attendees to receive special savings at restaurants and activities around town by simply showing them your conference badge. See list of participants here.
  • Galveston Helicopter Tours offers flights from Stewart Beach Park. Starting at a special rate of $35 per person for NASW/TX Conference Attendees, this unique flight over the beautiful beaches and Gulf waters will leave you breathless! Must be booked in advance online. Go to and select the $35 Special Flight! (Minimum 2 paid per flight, 3 maximum. Maximum weight is 275 lbs per person, 550 lbs per flight.)
  • A Shore Venture would be happy to extend a 10% discount to anyone that calls and makes reservation in advance for a beach toy rental (boogie board, bicycles, paddle board, etc.) and mentions NASWTX Galveston 2017 AND posts a pic of them using the beach toy on our Facebook page (visitor post). Put some play in your day!



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.



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