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Galveston Red Light District Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Galveston’s sordid past during an evening walking tour of the city’s Red Light District. Join a small group and your guide to walk the streets and listen to stories of mobsters, bootleggers, and brothels. Learn how the island was once a “sin city,” where men could come to drink, gamble, and look for love once they crossed into the mob-run “Free State of Galveston.”
  • Walk through the old streets of the Red Light district
  • Choose from two tour times to suit your schedule
  • A central meeting point makes for a seamless experience
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
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Guided tour
2711 Market St , 2711 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

Your tour will begin with our famous Red Light District. At its height there were 55 houses of prostitution on Post Office Street alone. The authenticity of this tour is the result of extensive research and firsthand information from our consultants including former FBI special agents, documentaries, newspaper clips, books, and interviews. We'll visit the sites of the brothels, casinos, and were the gangsters lived. Al Capone came to Galveston with an eye to take things over. He lasted a week and was escorted off the island never to return.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Active military personnel free
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Historic Galveston Ghost Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Easy way to get tickets
Diane_N
, Apr 2022
Enjoyed the tour of Moody Mansion. Also loved the tour of the Red Light District in Galveston. Tour guide Nicki was so informative!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Glad you had a great time. Thank you for taking the time to write such an awesome review. We really appreciate it. Hope to see you in one of our other tour soon John
star-3
Fun & informative. GREAT tour guide
Janet_K
, Apr 2022
It would have been helpful to print off photos, instead of looking in her phone. Also, without going into a building or home, it kind of seemed “not real”. A little disappointing, just looking at the outside of buildings. The info & history were fun to learn. Tour guide was very animated and fun to be with. This tour would be fantastic just adding a couple visual tools. It would be great if little coffee shop offered small discount or one of the boarding homes let us in the lobby.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
I agree with everything you've said. We've tried to make a deal with the coffee house. We've asked permission to go in some of the buildings. But because of insurance regulations they're not having it thank you for taking the time to write
star-5
Red-light tour
Carol_F
, Feb 2022
Our tour guide, Nikki was wonderful! She was so funny and lively and very informative. My husband and I had the tour to ourselves so it was like a private tour. We had a great time!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Nikki said that you she had a wonderful time too. Thank you for taking the time to write we really appreciate it and thank you for the five stars we hope to see you again soon
star-5
NIKKI a great tour guide
Donna_H
, Feb 2022
NIKKI was a great tour guide !! Brought the stories to life. She is a very good story teller !! I could visualize the area and the seedy history that went with that area.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself!. Yes Nikki is an excellent storyteller. We hope to see you again soon and one of our other tours. Thank you for taking the time to write and the five stars
star-5
Excellent tour!
Anonymous
, Feb 2022
Our guide Niki was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and fun. The pace was very relaxed and she was open to any and all questions
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Glad Nikki did a good job. Thank you for allowing us to share some of Galveston's history with you. We hope to see you again soon
star-5
Very Fun Night
Kert_H
, Jan 2022
Very good tour, lots of interesting information. Our tour guide had lots of facts and presented in a manner that had you engaged
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Who knew Galveston had such a fascinating history. Glad that you had a good time we hope to see you soon thank you for the five stars
star-5
Great tour! VIP treatment.
Monica_R
, Jan 2022
My mother and I came to Galveston to get away for a few days and decided to take this Red Light District tour. We were able to walk to the meeting spot from our hotel. We were the only two people on the tour so it felt like we were getting the VIP treatment. Our guide was delightful and very knowledgeable. It was quite cold, so we cut the tour a little short but our guide was kind enough to drive us back to our hotel. When we got back, we discussed how much we’d learned. Truly fascinating history. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in learning more about Galveston’s history.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for braving the cold. Glad you enjoyed yourself. And glad that you had an awesome time. We really appreciate you coming see you soon
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5 star
Cheryl_G
, Jan 2022
Out tour guide , Kimber, also the author of Red Light District, Galveston, was AMAZING. You have to go on this tour. I will take all of my friends and family that visit us on the coast from now on. So interesting.
star-5
An Entertaining & Insightful Walk into Galveston's Colorful Past!
Jay_D
, Dec 2021
Our tour guide Nikki was both informative and entertaining! Lots of fun, laughs and, most importantly, colorful insights into Galveston's rich past! Highly recommended!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
And thank you for taking both of our tours we really appreciate it and for taking the time to write such an awesome review have a good holidays and we'll see you soon
star-5
Do it!
Blake_L
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was awesome! Learned so much history of Galveston that we had no idea. Definitely better for adults than children. Our tour guide was so friendly and gave us so much extra information.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your awesome review! We appreciate your kind words. Please come see us again soon
star-5
He was a great...
Joseph_G
, Oct 2021
He was a great storyteller they kept your attention the entire time. Be prepared to do just a little walking, and know what this tour is about before you get there!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Glad you enjoyed a very unique part of Galveston's history. Thank you for taking the time to write. Absolutely people should know that they will be reviewing the history of the red light district in galveston. We hope to see you on one of our other tours soon
star-5
RED LIGHT / BLUE LIGHT!!!
Pamela_G
, Sep 2021
Tour Guide Historian was excellent and kept you quite intrigued during the (1) hour and 30 minutes. The walk / talk was entertaining and educational. My husband and I enjoyed ever moment of it! Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you! What a wonderful review. I'll make sure Rob sees it. Please join us on one of our other tours. We look forward to seeing you again soon
star-5
Wonderful tour, awesome tour guide
Dena_S
, Jul 2021
Rob was excellent!!! He was funny and kept us hanging on every word. We would for sure go back and listen to him again. He knew his history and made it fun!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Galveston's history has so many twists and turns it takes someone who studied a long time to get all the nuances. Rob certainly knows his stuff. We appreciate the awesome review and we thank you for writing. Please come visit us again soon
star-5
Red light district
Alex_D
, Jul 2021
Tour guide Rob was great! Very knowledgeable! Learned a lot of new information! And he shared his mosquito spray!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
I'm glad that Rob did a great job. And that he was considerate with his mosquito spray! LOL thank you for writing such a wonderful review. We really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon
star-5
Very informative
Claudia_H
, Jun 2021
Robert was very knowledgeable and had many interesting stories, but he talks so fast that you have to listen ver carefully.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
There's so much of Galveston's fascinating history Rob probably wanted to make sure you got as much as possible. Thank you for writing such a awesome review. We appreciated. Hope to see you soon
star-5
A Step Back in Time
Adrienne_S
, Jun 2021
My guide Rod really knew the history of the island and was very friendly. I never knew about the Civil War and military history.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for allowing us to share some of Galveston 's fascinating history with you. We're glad that you enjoyed the tour. And we hope to see you again. Thank you for writing such an awesome review
star-4
Entertaining and enlightening
Andrea_P
, May 2021
Rob, our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. He told us about Galveston history that we hadn't heard before. He was well versed in the red light district and the politics as well as organized crime around the town.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for allowing us to share some of Galveston's forgotten history with you. We hope you had a great time. Thank you for taking the time to write we really appreciate it see you again soon
star-5
Great tour!
Kelsey_M
, May 2021
Such a fun and informative tour! Highly recommended. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable! Book yours!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to write. We really appreciate your awesome review
star-5
Amazing. Can’t wait to come back for another tour!
Jacobi_C
, Jan 2021
Robert was amazing. Super knowledgeable, funny, and animated. We will definitely do another tour on our next trip to Galveston!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
And we can't wait to have you again. Thank you for taking the time to write such an excellent review. It's our first review of the new year. And what a great way to start. We're glad you enjoyed yourself and we do look forward to seeing you soon
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Grand Galveston Highlight
Diane_T
, Nov 2020
Rob certainly knew his Galveston history—a little serious, a little funny and a lot of great information. Have lived in the area a long time and he told us things we had never heard or read. Great Job Rob.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
We're so glad that you allowed us the opportunity to share some of Galveston's forgotten history with you. It is an amazing story isn't it? Thank you for your awesome review and hope to see you again

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