From roller coasters to nature adventures, artsy shops to seafood spots, there is an ocean of attractions on the family-friendly isle of Galveston, Texas. The three-mile wide barrier island off the Texas coast in the Gulf of Mexico (about 50 miles southeast of Houston) is a beachside community with a relaxed, fun, eclectic vibe. Colorful Victorian houses and beachy cottages dot the tourist town and a quaint downtown called the Historic Strand District beckons with cobblestoned streets, galleries, boutiques, and sidewalk eats. About a mile and a half to the south lies the legendary Seawall Boulevard, a 10-mile oceanfront sidewalk that is the longest continuous stretch in the US. This expansive waterfront urban park welcomes walkers, joggers, shoppers, diners, people watchers, and more.