Bagpipers, carollers, musicians, acrobats, magicians and animal acts provided the entertainment at street corners and on stages throughout the Strand. We purchased several CD's by musicians we fancied, discovering several we'd love to hear in person again!
Area school children decked out in velvet and lace sang lively Christmas carols. Characters from The Christmas Carol walked the streets, as well as Beefeaters and strapping military men from the 19th century. Please enjoy all four pictures!Related to:
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61st Street Fishing Pier
This fishing pier was right across from our hotel. For a small fee you can fish off here. There are lots of surfing spots from 61st Street Pier to the Flagship Hotel. Although it was very sunny, it was also very windy while we were there and the hurricane in the gulf was certainly bringing the waves in.
A Drive, or Walk, Down Broadway Street
If you are coming to Galveston from Houston, driving down I-45 into town gives you the perfect opportunity to see some of the city's wonderful history and architecture! I-45 turns into Broadway St. shortly after crossing onto the island, and as you progress down Broadway, the scene turns quite beautiful very quickly! Broadway is home to many of the city's oldest and prettiest houses, a good deal of them being built in the 19th and early 20th century! Many of the old houses such as Moody Mansion and Bishop's Palace have been turned into museums for public viewing. Tall Texas Oak trees also line the street, giving it an even more beautiful look as you make your way down. Definately worth checking out, whether you're driving or walking!
Galveston's Three Beauties
If you only have time to do one thing in Galveston, I highly recommend visiting the "three beauties" (Moody Mansion, Bishop's Palace and Ashton Villa). Each house is different and has its own unique charm - Walking through the rooms of Moody Mansion (1892) is like walking through the pages of a 19th century novel thanks to all the efforts that have been put in keeping the place as authentic as possible. Bishop's Palace (1886) is a beautiful house, with great architectural details, although it does need a bit of restoration. Finally, my favorite of the three tours was Ashton Villa (1859) because the guide was very keen on entertaining us with the stories of its former - rather eccentric - inhabitants!
You get a discount if you buy tickets to all three beauties at the same time and if you don't have to visit them all on the same day, they'll still accept your ticket on the next day. Visiting the three beauties is a great way to learn about the history of Galveston!Related to:
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Beach at Sunset... Even in Winter
Do not miss the beach at sunset and after dark! there is no reason you should, because even in the winter time it is comfortable and beautiful.
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Visit historic homes
1838 Michel B. Menard Home
Experience the charm of the Old South during guided tours of the home once owned by the founders of both Galveston and Houston. Restored to its former beauty and furnished with an outstanding collection of Federal and American Empire antiques, this Greek Revival landmark again reflects the glory of its storied past.
Adults: $6; Kids Under 11: $3
Visit historic homes
Ashton Villa (1859) & Heritage Visitors Center
Lovely antiques, family heirlooms and original art fill the stately mansion built before the Civil War by James Moreau Brown, one of Texasý wealthiest businessmen, and presided over by his colorful daughter, Miss Bettie Brown. From the Gilded Age splendor of the Golf Room to the elegant family quarters upstairs, Ashton Villa provides an intimate glimpse into the life of a prominent Victorian family. Also home to the Heritage Visitors Center. The center offers complete visitor services, including brochures, maps, and information about local restaurants and hotels.
Adults & Seniors: $6; Students $5; Kids 6 & Under: Free; Family (2 parents & up to 3 kids under 18): $18
Many histortical buildings on the strand.
Galveston has many beautifull historical buildings on the strand. In front of most of them are one or more information signs about the history.
The following text is taken from the information sign in front of this building.
Hutchings, Seally & Co. Buildings
Four decades after joining in partnership, George Ball,John Henry Hutchings and John Seally Employed prominent Galveston Architect Nicholas J.Clayton to design office buildings for their Ball, Hutchings & Co. Commission and banking operations.
Built in 1895 as two individual but connected structures, thes buildings complemented Galveston's Strand avenue, know at the time as the "Wall street of the southwest."
The buildings' renaissance revival style is represented by the heavily rusticated stone arches featured on its entryways, terra cotta detailing on the parapets and entablatures, evenly spaced columns and pilasters, elaborate stone cornice and arcading windows.
The foundation walls are six feet wide at the base and made of pressed brick with ashlar patterned sandstone facing.
The corner building which features the name "Hutchings" on its entablature, was originaly constructed for John H. Hutchings.
The adjoining office building featuring the name "Sealy" on its entablature, was built for John Seally. These majestic buildings are reminders of a grand era in Galveston's history and philanthropic legacy of these early businessmen.
recorded Texas historic landmark 1992.
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The Museum is housed in the Shearn Moody Plaza, a restored 1930's passenger depot at the foot of The Strand. There are dozens of life-sized figures which are there to represent the look of a busy depot of the 1930's. There are 6 multimedia theatres which present a history of Galveston shipping, railroading, and commerce. Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on Rosenberg St. at foot of the Strand.
Old Custom House
The construction of the original Custom House initially began in 1858 but was interrupted by a yellow fever epidemic in 1858. The and the building was not completed until the eve of the Civil War. It was restored in 1967 and is the state's oldest non-military federal building.
Sealy House - 'Open Gates'
"Open Gates" is another wonderful mansion on Broadway. Uniquely built using multicolored brick and stonework, plus the use of terra cotta decorations. The house was constructed for George Sealy who was one of the founders of Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway.
The Bishop's Palace
This ornate building took some 7 years to complete at a cost of $250,000 and was originally home to the family of Walter Gresham a former Confederate Colonel and US Congressman. It was owned by the Catholic diocese from 1920 to the middle 1950's and is ranked among the top 100 homes in the nation for its architectural significance. The mantle in the front ballroom won first prize at the Philadelphia Worlds Fair in 1876. There are tours every 1/2 hour.
Open Labor Day to Memorial Day: Noon - 4pm Daily . Memorial Day to Labor Day: Mon-Sat: 10am - 4:30pm Sun: Noon - 4pm.
The Rainforest pyramid is one of 3 pyramids at Moody Gardens. This is a 10-story Rainforest Pyramid where butterflies, birds and tropical fish are at home with exotic plants from the rainforests of Africa, Asia and the Americas. There is crashing waterfalls, gentle pools and a Mayan Colonnade as well as a Bat Cave and Butterfly hatching hut. It was closing when we were there and we only got to walk by and look in.
1900 Storm Commemorative Sculpture and memorial was dedicated to the more than 6,000 people who perished (more than twice the death toll of the World Trade Centre), as well as those who survived the hurricane.
Galveston Island Shore
Galveston Island puts itself in the same popularity category as Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach for their successful beach nourishment project. They have added as much as 150 feet of sand to the width of the beaches on a stretch from 10th St to 61st St along Seawall Blvd which now gives unlimited areas for beach enthusiasts to enjoy.
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