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Galveston Historic Tour

2328 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4642
+1 409-789-9911
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The advertised “electric shuttle” turned out to be a van, from which you can only see outside the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
The Woodlands, Texas

We went to the tour start location at Ashton Villa Visitor Centre, and were informed that the tour... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Sylvia M
Owen Sound, Canada
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Galveston Historic Tour provides daily driving tours of historic Galveston on a 12 passenger electric shuttle. This sight seeing tour gives visitors an overview of Galveston's history, sights, and attractions. The live narrated tour also includes local shops and restaurants, so guests will know where the locals go. During this hour long tour, guests will also drive by sights including the Broadway Mansions, Historic Downtown, the Harbor, Victorian Homes, and Tree Carvings.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible6%
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2328 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4642
+1 409-789-9911
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The advertised “electric shuttle” turned out to be a van, from which you can only see outside the window next to you. If the “historic sight” is on the other side of the van, forget it. Although there is “live narration,” the driver goes so...More

1  Thank KKFW
Joltingjoe1, Owner at Galveston Historic Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately, the city shut down the electric shuttle. Every thing is updated i.e. website, social media, etc. New rack cards have been ordered but not yet arrived. Never be afraid to ask the driver to slow down. I tell people...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We went to the tour start location at Ashton Villa Visitor Centre, and were informed that the tour wasn't running because of staffing issues. We then called the tour number, and were informed that there would only be one tour per day. We booked our...More

2  Thank Sylvia M
Joltingjoe1, Owner at Galveston Historic Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Sorry for our misunderstanding. I didn't have to give up the electric cart "years ago" but just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the city shut it down saying that it was not street legal and unsafe for tours. Trust me. I wasn't happy with their...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We very much enjoyed this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we learned a great deal about Galveston that we hadn't previously known. We wish we would have taken this tour on our first day in town. Our guide pointed out many restaurants, shops...More

Thank Misty H
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I guess the city is cracking down on private tour companies...probably because the trolleys are about to come back on line and they want to push business that directions but hey the trolleys don't run everywhere do they...anyway the tour was very good the guide...More

1  Thank HavocDog
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Lots of information on the history of Galveston as we drove around the town in a new extended passenger van. Guide was knowledgable and was interesting to listen to. Pointed out some iconic eateries, told us some nostalgic tales, as well as highlighted the beautiful...More

Thank Patti D
Reviewed 21 January 2017

The driver was knowledgeable. We got a good lay of the land. Driver answered all our questions and provided good recommendations for diner and other things to do in Galveston.

1  Thank p w
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The tour was informational. We have been on many such tours across the US. The guide was adequate. He never said one thing social or joking or made eye contact with a single passenger. On the other hand $12 is super cheap for a one...More

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 6 December 2016

My wife and I took the Historic Tour the week of Thanksgiving. We had taken an open-air tram tour in Santa Fe a few years back, and knew they could be fun and informative, if done properly. Joseph, our tour operator, gave us a very...More

2  Thank Rick M
Reviewed 24 November 2016

I never got to take the tour, so my review doesn't cover the content. I called several times for a weekend tour both prior to leaving for and during our stay. I was told every time that they were all booked up. We passed the...More

2  Thank S W
Joltingjoe1, Owner at Galveston Historic Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2016

I just wanted to make sure your posted your review in the right place. I've been having problems lately with a tour company that has a similar name to mine and use the exact same cart as mine. Their tour name is Galveston Island Historic...More

Reviewed 18 November 2016

The tour begins at the Visitors center. We rode around the city in an open air electric 12-passenger golf cart type vehicle. It was quiet, comfortable and we were able to clearly hear his narration of the historical building and the points of interest of...More

2  Thank JimH88011
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
hours of operation on Wed May 10th
7 May 2017|
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Response from Joltingjoe1 | Property representative |
Normal hours of 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Reservations required.
We will be a party of seven. Can this tour accommodate 7 people together? What is the length of the tour and how much does it cost per person? We will be coming the first week in August, this year.
5 April 2017|
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Response from Joltingjoe1 | Property representative |
I can take up to 14 people at one time. The tour is an hour. It's $12 per person for adults. Reservations are required.
Lori L
where do we meet for this tour>?
30 October 2016|
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Response from Joltingjoe1 | Property representative |
The visitor center at 2328 Broadway. Reservations are required.