Before Ellis Island, hundreds of thousands of immigrants entered the US at the Galveston Port. Galveston’s historic immigration story comes alive with a new experience at Galveston Historical Foundation’s Galveston Historic Seaport. Ship To Shore allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the early immigrants, from the long sea voyage with its mix of hardships and wonders, to the hustle and bustle arriving in the 1880s at Galveston.
Outside, take a self-guided tour of the ELISSA, an 1877 three-masted ship, from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece. This rare, historic vessel has been restored and transformed into a floating museum. Today, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark, and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and active waterfront.