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‘Brother Vs. Brother’: Getting Around Galveston

In the latest installment of their lifelong, footloose game of one-upsmanship, Jonathan and Drew Scott are battling each other via beach-house renovations on the Gulf coast of Texas. Here’s a sneak peek of what they found when they went out on the town in Galveston—and what you shouldn’t miss in The Oleander City. 

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Photo: Galveston Island CVB

Sea Shell Beach

Nine miles west of town, storms and winter waves scatter the beach with murex, zebra periwinkles, shark’s eyes, scallops and more. This “pocket park” is an ideal place to lose yourself in your thoughts (and find a pailful of souvenirs). 

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Photo: Richard Cummins

Moody Gardens

The pyramids at Moody Gardens, Galveston’s gargantuan nonprofit theme park, would turn the pharaohs green with envy: One contains a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium, another is home to endangered plants and animals from rainforests all over the world, and the third will soon feature more than 60 life-size inventions designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Tall Ship Elissa

This three-masted beauty is one of the oldest ships still sailing today. Built in 1877 and moored at the Texas Seaport Museum, Elissa is a floating National Historic Landmark.

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Photo: P A Thompson

Historic Downtown

Architecture buffs swoon over the 70-plus blocks of historical buildings built along Galveston’s waterfront. (Those who swoon on the long walk can hail a horse-drawn carriage.) 

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