Reef Resort

8502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Texas, 77554, United States
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day trips from galveston

by musaphir

i am planning a visit to galveston with my wife about mid april.based in galveston we feel we should some day trips to houston or texas city. are such options viable?

we need to know what would be economically mode of travel (other than car rental). do please let us know if gets hot in galveston by mid april.

RE: day trips from galveston

by bocmaxima

Taxis is the easiest and possibly only answer. They're slightly more popular there than in Houston.
If you're on the east end of the island, you can catch the ferry to Port Bolivar. There's not a lot there, but you could conceivably kill a day there.
Other than that, I couldn't see going anywhere out of Galveston, let alone staying in Galveston for an extended period, without having a car.

RE: day trips from galveston

by cromette

There's an old adage....if you don't like the weather, stick around it will change!

That is really true in southeast Texas in the "Spring" and again in the "Fall"...well for that matter, in the "Winter" too. LOL

It can get warm. My best suggestion is to monitor the weather forecast for your upcoming trip on:

They're pretty good at guessing!

Galveston is a fun place! Where are you thinking of going on your day trips, specifically? What do you want to see/do?

You can arrange for a taxi, but it's liable to be expensive. If you're going to take several day trips, you may come out ahead renting a car. Public transportation is not very good.

Now, within Galveston, there is a trolley that runs between "The Strand" and the Seawall. This is very convenient.

Nearby and outside of Galveston there is, of course, NASA, San Jacinto (Historical stuff), Kemah Boardwalk, lots of museums and theatres and the zoo. Also, the restaurant scene in Houston is phenomenal!

RE: RE: day trips from galveston

by musaphir

thanks cromette
the idea of the day trips is to see the surrounding area as much as possible. Kemah boardwalk, nasa etc ought to be good. thanks for some of the suggestions.excellent starting point.

RE: RE: day trips from galveston

by musaphir

thanks bocmaxima
maybe it would be a good idea to hire a car after all. We will be a doing a rather long flight to get into galveston;hence i may not be up to it to drive immediately after the flight (approximately 24 hours including transits). wheels should open up more options to move around.

appreciate your suggestion.

RE: RE: day trips from galveston

by cromette

Taxi service in some areas is better than others. Talk to the taxi driver you get at the airport to get some ideas and to get a card with a phone number to call.

You don't want to get stuck somewhere waiting on a taxi for too long. The taxi driver should be able to give you some good advice.

Travel Tips for Galveston

Kauffman and Runge Building--220 22nd Street

by VeronicaG

As we walked to the Strand for the festivities, we passed the Kauffman and Runge Building(1882). It certainly was a striking structure! According to the handbook, it's an example of the 'modern High Victorian version of the Renaissance style'. The architect was Eugene T. Heiner of Houston.

The ribbed and paneled brick walls and varying arch shapes with contrasting trim colors was the American version of a classical architecture style.

This business was a grocery wholesaling and cotton export firm, which unfortunately became bankrupt in 1887. The building was acquired in 1905, by Maco Stewart, who used it as his office and headquarters for the Stewart Title company.

In recent years, Stewart Title moved its headquarters to Houston, but continues to use the building which was refurbished in 1977 by architect David D. Barker of Galveston.

For more information see Galveston Architecture Handbook by Ellen Beasley and Stephen Fox, Rice University Press and Galveston Historical Foundation

The Seawall

by msbrandysue

The Seawall and Galveston beaches offers an array of sporting activities.

For the seawall you'll find many people walking, running, and biking down the 10 mile stretch. If you feel like doing something a bit more exciting rent one of the extended bikes or bike on the stretch buggies. You're more than able to get a good sweat before plunging into the water!

While at the beach all sports balls are welcome. Bring a net and play some beach volleyball! Or bring a football or frisbee. Whenever you get tired or too hot jump into the water!

If you prefer water sports then bring your surf or boogie board and get out in the water! (Snorkeling is not an option due to the dark color of the water!) There are even sail boats, row boats, canoes and other choices to rent along the easten side of Galveston. Don't forget your sunscreen !!!

Rainforest Fun!

by msbrandysue about Rainforest Cafe

If you have's only fair that you bring them here. It is soooo fun!

When you arrive you will hopefully see a Rainforest Cafe carivan coming to pick you up. It was so nice because it is on a side street that can be busy. The guy waited for us even. The walk won't kill you but on a busy day you might find yourself parking further away.

Before entering the restaurant you will see many carnival-like games set up. Again, these people are smart and know how to get every penny from you or your little ones!

Now, you're dealing with professionals here. They also have a build-a-bear workshop right inside this restaurant. And you better believe you're going to have to wait to be seated even if many tables are empty. Why? Because the longer you wait the more stuff you'll be able to buy. It's true..... Even my mom and I had to wait once and she even ended up purchasing something......two things I think. Hell, even I was about to start buying a build-a-bear or two.

As for the dining room it is chaos. It's loud. Why? Because you're in the rainforest! There are trees and animated animals everywhere. Every 10 minutes the elephants and apes go nutes and every 15 minutes or something like that a true rain shower hits (although you won't get wet).

The food, however, is WONDERFUL.

Helpful hint: If you go to the Galveston Tourist Office before this, or see any of the travel brochure stands...Rainforest Cafe has a coupon for a free appetizer. Pick it up and bring it! There are many choices to pick from and it's about a $10 value!&c* I usually get the pizza because it's wonderful but really, anything is fantastic!

Breakfast is equally wonderful too. Especially the cubed hashbrowns!!

Oh and the signature dessert volcano has an actual sparkler going off when they bring it to you! (That'll set you back at least $10 though).

Seafood on the Seawall

by msbrandysue about Fish Tales Seafood Grill

I came into Fish Tales while I was waiting for the Mardi Gras parades. The parades were about 30 minutes away but my friend was dramatically hungry. So, we told the waiter we were in a hurry and ordered our food. I ordered a crab cake sandwich, which turned out to be really bad. There were more herbs than crabmeat...and our table was starring at the gulf so I was disappointed.

The service wasn't friendly but they were definitely quick and sufficient. The bathrooms were pleasant, but you had to be a customer to use the facilities. There seemed to be plenty of seating so there was no wait and it was a very busy weekend with Margi Gras and everything.

I wouldn't eat here again, but if there wasn't anywhere else to eat on the seawall then I would come again, just order something easy, like shrimp. My friend's son had some fried shrimp...those looked good? Definitely pass up the crabcakes.

Downtown Galveston

by Suet

We went downtown.... as it was Sunday, not a lot open. It was too early in the season for the full on partying that happens here. I mean full on. People stay up all night in the warm evenings, party until dawn and then sleep through the hot days. This is a seaside town that thrives on weekenders and summer dollars.

You have to come here when the Mardi Gras is on in February 2008 and except for Rio, this is the only place I have been where the costumes are fantastic, the atmosphere is electric and the music, well, even if you can't dance, you HAVE to dance to it!

Warm nights, partying...

There are specialist holiday complexes where you can rent an apartment quite reasonably. Try to avoid Spring Break when all the students come here and sleep 14 to an apartment, making noise until dawn. Best to try for during the week if you can, unless you like lots of people!

I've put the Mardi Gras website here for you, it is in February 2008. Well worth visiting!


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Address: 8502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Texas, 77554, United States