Galveston is a city and an island 50 miles south of Houston. Aside from the beach on the Gulf of Mexico, millions of dollars have been poured into the restoration of historical buildings. It has one of the great surviving collections of Victorian architecture in North America. There are some great museums to visit as well as Moody Gardens.
Bush Intercontinental Airport
Bush Intercontinental is the biggest of the three major airports in Houston. It is locationed just north of the Sam Houston Tollway (8) It is one of the biggest and most efficient airport that I have been in in the US. It is the 9th busiest intercontinental airport in the United States. It a major hub for Continental Airlines.
For a typical Tex-Mex dish I recommend the Fajita choice with either beef or chicken. The seasoning are excellent, the tortillas freshly made and hot, accompaniments of their special beans and good rice make this a bargain at about $12.
VISIT THE JP MORGAN CHASE TOWER
THIS IS THE TALLEST BUILDING IN TEXAS, AND THE TALLEST FIVE-SIDED BUILDING IN THE WORLD. You can take an express elevator up to the 60th floor observation deck and see for a very long way. The building is actually 75 stories high.
The Downtown Aquarium, part of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., is popular attraction here in town for it's entertainment & exhibits of underwater life, as well as it's restaurant. But it's popularity and somewhat interesting showcases for the most part do not make up for it's prices & brief rides. First off, I will say that the Downtown Aquarium definately stands out at night. Bright neon lights illuminate the surrounding area, & even attract attention if you are driving overhead on I-45. But the establishment seems to be more geared towards getting people to come here, see some quick sites, & then eat at the seafood restaurant, which is basically an overpriced version of Joe's Crabshack, another Landry's restaurant. The main aquarium exhibit has quite a few different tropical fish to view, while interesting, is nothing that drops your jaw in awe. The rainforest exhibit has a few exotic birds & frogs, & a boa constrictor snake. I did enjoy seeing the white tigers, & there are stands set up to sit & watch them. But the price for this short 20 minute venture is $7.50 per person, a little much for the amount of sites you see here. You can also pay an additional $5 to see the shark exhibit, which I enjoyed. A train takes you through a tunnel in which the sharks, along with stingrays & a few oher exotic fish are swimming overhead. The also have a couple of rides here, but of course, for an additional price. There is a large ferris wheel & a drop ride, as well as a small carousel for kids. But again, all this appears to be centered around the restaurant, which I have not eaten at, as I have heard it is highly overpriced for mediocre seafood. I have to admit some of the sights here are worth seeing, especially the tigers as I mentioned. But the price & the short amount of time you have to see these things can make it not worth your while. I think it would be a good place to take the kids, & if you want to eat at the restaurant, a family could make a decent evening of it.