Galveston is a coastal city located on Galveston Island just off the Texas Gulf Coast southeast of Houston. The Port of Galveston, called Galveston Wharves, is the point of entry for the majority of cruise ships to and from Texas. Galveston is a great beach destination with semi-tropical climates and miles of beautiful beaches. While vacationing in Galveston, you should stop by the historic Pleasure Pier which is a boardwalk pier off of Seawall Blvd and can supply hours of fun. Here you will find rides, food, and entertainment perfect for kids and adults alike. While in Galveston be sure to also check out Haak Vineyards and Winery for a day sampling local wine in beautiful scenery. Because of Galveston's booming tourism industry, it is often referred to as the "Playground of the South". Come see for yourself why Galveston is such a great beach vacation town for families or romantic getaways, alike.