The Red Light District Tour of Galveston is a walking tour with a route that covers approximately 12 city blocks. Please wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes suitable for walking.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online in advance or at the start of the tour (cash only). Reservations are required for cash/onsite tickets, and both online ticket purchases and cash reservations must be made by no later than two hours before the start of the tour. Please Contact Us to make your advance reservation or to inquire about tour availability after this cut-off time* (not guaranteed). [*Cut-off time is 3pm for tours starting at 5pm during the months of November-April and 5pm for tours starting at 7pm during the months of May-October.]
The tour meets on the north steps of the old Galveston Post Office at 601 25th Street (Corner of 25th & Church). North steps located on Church Street side.
Tours begin promptly at 7pm May-October and 5pm November-April. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to ensure ample time to park and/or purchase onsite tickets.
Only street parking is available, but it is free west of 25th Street (free after 6pm in paid parking zones). Ideally, look for parking on Church Street between 24th and 26th Streets. If you park in a paid parking zone, the fee can be paid at one of the paystations throughout downtown or by downloading the PayByPhone app and using location #5689 for Downtown Galveston. No paper ticket needed.
Depending on crowd size, the tour runs between 1½-2 hours and ends just one block away from the starting point—only a short walk back to your vehicle after the tour.
We recommended that you bring along drinking water and mosquito repellent during warmer months.
Although the tour route is not ideal for those with limited mobility, tour guides will do their best to be accommodating and offer assistance along the way. We ask that all other tour participants be patient and understanding as we try to ensure a great experience for everyone.
Since we are committed to providing you with the best tour experience possible, tours are weather-permitting and will be canceled if conditions are less than ideal. As a rule, if weather forecasts indicate a chance of rain MORE than 30% or temperatures LOWER than 55 degrees by 5pm on the day of the tour, the tour will automatically be canceled, and any online ticket holders will be given the option to reschedule or receive a refund of the ticket price minus a small processing fee.
Due to mature content, this tour is strongly recommended for adults and older teens only. Tour content will not be censored for younger audiences, and teens and children must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted tickets for children are not offered, and the purchase of a full-price (adult) ticket for a child serves as parent/guardian’s acknowledgment of this disclaimer.
Photographs along the tour are allowed and encouraged.
Signed copies of Kimber’s books Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line ($23.99) and Galveston Seawall Chronicles ($21.99) will be available for purchase (cash or credit) at the conclusion of the tour.
If you need additional information or would like to book a Private Tour (only available outside of regularly scheduled tours), please Contact Us.