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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

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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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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
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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
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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
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Red light district
Connie_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
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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
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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
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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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