Downtown, toward the northeast end of the island and protected from the open ocean by Pelican Island, is the hub of activity in Galveston and home to its quaint historic districts. The better-known historic district is The Strand, with streets lined by historic buildings. These old homes are now filled by restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, and even museums. The wharf is also just a short walk away. The East End historic district is where Galveston's silk-stocking industry was formerly based, and it is also home to several museums.
Galveston was once Texas's thriving commercial center, but the downtown area was devastated by the 1900 hurricane and most businesses chose to move to Houston. Still, the downtown area is home to several large businesses, including the America National Insurance Company.
Good news: Finding a budget-friendly hotel in Downtown Galveston is an easy feat. Vistors can find charming options in and near The Strand district where cute inns and B&Bs are housed in historic buildings.