Beach, fun, people, attractions still coming
high crime rates, beach is really so-so
Great island getaway!
Yes, it's the mega Moody Gardens. You know, I recently bought a copy of a travel book for kids in Houston and they listed Moody Gardens on there and the cost was $4. Well, I paid $45.00 for a one day pass. It's unbelievable and I would first see if it's in your budget. If you have a military ID you get in for free and I believe you get to bring a...more
The website reports that Bishop's Palace is actually on a list of 100 most important buildings! The weekend I went it didn't seem that important as no one was around but nonetheless, it is a wonderful sight to see. I didn't get a chance to go inside this past visit as I just missed the tour and did not want to sit outside in the heat for an hour....more
The historic seawall of Galveston is a lot of fun. You can jog, walk, or bicycle in the area. A lot of history and information is provided. It is a good spot to bring the family. Check out the new ghost story book by local author If One Only Looks: 85 Years of Ghost Stories ISBN: 1-60672-060-0 http://Book.BigRedRabbit.commore
We stayed here for my sisters wedding. The staff were very friendly handling the hundreds of crazy...more
I stayed at the Galvez about a year ago for a work chirstmas party in Galveston. We got the room on...more
We check in, 12th of August, late due to Friday traffic on 1-45 south, so the guard opened a lock...more
The Spot is a local hangout but can get Super Packed with tourist during the peak seasons. Alot of bikers eat here also. They have the best Burgers in town and you can make them basically just how you like them. You order at the counter then find yourself a seat. The best place to sit is upstairs on the patio. There is 4 bars that are attached to...more
McAlisters is a Deli that is pretty well known in the area. They have a variety of Sandwiches, Soups, and Salads. They also have the worlds best Sweet tea that you can buy by the gallon. McAlisters is on the seawall towards the east end of the island. You can sit inside or outside and there are a few shops in the same strip center. McAlisters is an...more
Willie G's is another on the long list of restaurants within the Landry's Restaurants, Inc. chain. I will start out by saying that the location of this restaurant is nice, with it being right off of the harbor of the Port of Galveston, and it's proximity to all the goings-on of the historic Strand District. And the decor is very pleasant, not a low...more
This is a pool bar on the Seawall. You can sit in the pool and swim up to the bar or you can walk up to the bar and watch the crazy folks swimming in the pool. They have events all year long and the staff is very friendly. It does have a very wide variety of age groups and you do have to be 21 to enter. Anything but your birthday suit! lolmore
The Balinese Room is a nightlife landmark of sorts in Galveston, with quite an interesting history. During the 1940's & 50's, it was an extremely popular spot among the rich and famous, frequented by such stars as Howard Hughes, and featuring entertainment by Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra among others. One reason for the Balinese Room's popularity...more
There is a ferry from the eastern end of Galveston Island to the Bolivar Peninsula (Port Bolivar). This ferry is free because it is considered part of the Texas Highway System.The ferry crosses the gap where Galveston bay opens to the Gulf of Mexico, hence there is always a line of cargo ships and supertankers queued up to enter and exit the Bay...more
Galveston is, indeed, an island off the Gulf Coast of Texas, about 50 miles from downtown Houston. Therefore, there are not any airports to get you here. Nor would taking a taxi or public transportation get you a deal or save you money. My best suggestion is driving in your car or renting one. There is not a shuttle, bus, or train to get you to...more
In downtown Galveston, also known as The Strand a trolley is available for $1.50. It circles around the historic Victorian homes. It's a great way to see the old city, as well as a chance to rest your feet from all the shopping at The Strand!Beware, during the summer it may be hot!From their website:"With board fixed rail trolley cars built in a...more
Designer Fashions at Liquidation prices. THis store carries the coolest fashions from all over the world, lots of european brands and styles at ridiculous prices........Its the best kept secret in galveston....Check this store out...........Right on Broadway between 30th and 31st street. You have to see it to believe it.......They also have a great...more
Galveston's Stewart Beach is one of the top family beaches in the nation (tripadvisor.com, 2007 and Texas Monthly, 2007 and 2008). This beach features well-maintained sand, lifeguards, showers, restrooms, chair and umbrella rental, the world's largest inflatable slide and sno-cones on the beach. And when you get hungry or want to shop, be sure and...more
Bathing suits, towels, souvenirs, boogie boards, galore!!!All along Seawall Blvd you will see restaurants and beach stores! (Alike most beaches). If you forget sunscreen, sunglasses, your suit, towel, no problem!! Anything you could ever dream of is available across the street from the beach! Well, you're on the beach so you'll find bargains here...more
While walking up and down the Seawall I found a small memorial to the Texas Navy. Coming from a military family I always make sure to stop and ponder the men who gave their lives and careers for our freedom. Again, this is a small plaque across the street from the seawall but I think it tells alot about the culture of Galveston.Galveston is very...more
Many exquisitely attired ladies paraded on the Strand with beautiful poufy, feathered hats. They were works of art! I became curious about the history of hats--this is what I discovered.'Millinery has existed in Britain since 1700. In English courts the term milliner was used and this was derived from the term for travelling haberdashers from Milan...more
During DICKENS ON THE STRAND we saw many fine ladies dressed to the nines in extravangant clothing, beneath which they wore a hoop.In the 1850's and later, ladies wore a contrivance known as the 'hoop skirt'. It was a 'women's undergarment worn in various periods to hold the skirt extended into a fashionable shape''Hoop skirts typically consisted...more
Poachering is a big problem on marine wild life. Any one fishing needs to have a fishing license. Often times I see poaching on the East end of the island. The same people poaching are also leaving their trash, hooks, and fish remains anywhere and everywhere. Nothing upsets me more than seeing fish caught out of season or size ranged being scaled...more
GALVESTON I really love the heat but the humidity here is really something else!!. I looked so forward to my return trip down here but didn't give the heat too much thought at all. Obviously due to its location the temperature and humidity is high but I think when you throw wetness into the mix...it becomes a little overpowering. Of course the...more
The Gulf of Mexico can be mean sometimes. There are dangerous sea life, rocks, and tides. Therefore, on top of the life guard stands are flags. Green-everything is goodYellow-cautiousRed-be very cautious and do not go beyond waist-deep waterOrange/Blue-dangerous marine life found (jellyfish!)Make sure that you take caution when playing at the...more
This is more like a warning than a tourist trap but do be aware that Galveston is much more expensive than other tourist destinations in Texas. We haven't come across free activities during our 2 days in Galveston the way we have in San Antonio and Austin, for example. We even had to pay extra money to have access to the Strand because of the Mardi...more
1112 Reviews and Opinions
Must...wear...sunglasses! The sun is bright, especially with sand and water reflections. Don't forget a hat to keep the sun out of your face! It also helps wherever your part is. I get sunburned easily so my scalp peels and it looks like dandruff so I always wear a hat!
If you decide to wear jeans to the beach make sure not to get them wet because they take FOREVER to dry and the one time I did I was annoyed all day long as I waited for them to dry. The water also makes them heavier and when sight-seeing it makes it more difficult.
Especially for children I would recommend water shoes for all those shells and jelly fish parts left on the sand...I had a bad childhood experiment. Shell went right through my foot.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Please don't forget your sunscreen! We all know the effects of too much sun-damage on our skin!
Don't forget your water either! Especially in the summer it's very easy to get dehydrated which will lead to heat stroke or worse. I've seen it happen many times. Be on the safe side! Drink plenty of water while at the beach or touring historic parts of the island.
Photo Equipment: Beware that a drop of water can ruin that digital camera. If you're going to take your camera to the beach you might pick up a water-proof case for it. I mean...if you've spent hundreds of dollars on that camera you might as well help keep it working.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to the beach don't forget your towel, suit, etc. If you have kids I'd bring a boogie board in advance or else you'll be buying one down there. Everyone seems to have one and if not they end up going across the street for one.
Mosquito repellent after dark is a MUST!
You will see this beautiful, bright, white building across the street from Bishop's palace. In fact, we parked here.From the Texas Historical Commission marker:The earliest Catholic services in the Galveston area were conducted in 1838. In 1884, as a result of the church's growth under the direction of such leaders as Bishop J. M. Odin, the...more
The Rosenberg Library was founded in 1871 and is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation. I always like checking out the public libraries of a city.However, this experience was VERY scary. There were many poor folks straggling around outside the door but I really needed to use the restroom. My mom and I both walked towards the...more
"Oleander is one of the most poisonous plants and contains numerous toxic compounds, many of which can be deadly to people, especially young children. The toxicity of Oleander is considered extremely high and it has been reported that in some cases only a small amount had lethal or near lethal effects (Goetz 1998). " Taken from WikipediaWhile...more
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...more
Despite the recent media phenomena of surfers in and around Galveston riding the waves of huge oil tankers, which only a handful of people actually do, the island does have real surfing, with dedicated surfers. No, you won't find the monster waves of the North Shore of O'ahu here, but there are a few locations on the island that at times can have...more
There are plenty of places for Surf Fishermen to throw out their line almost anywhere along the beach. Other free jetties and rock piers are found at Seawall Blvd. at 10th , 17th , 30th and 37th Streets.The most popular sport fish in the Galveston area is the spotted seatrout which is also known as the speckled trout. Other local fish include Black...more
Galveston is recently recovering from Hurrican Ike which hit in September of 2008. They ordered everyone off the island and those who wanted to stay, could. However, the death toll was never even released because of the missing. Much of the island was devastated. Houses were demolished, if they could even be found. Debrit can still be found and you...more
Interesting history here!While walking along the seawall I was reading all the plaques that begin the 10 mile stretch. I was reading part of the coastal birding trail when at the bottom there was an interesting history fact. The sign read, " While Galveston is actually named after Bernardo de Galvez, a Spanish colonial governor and general,...more
Although I don't really engage too much in the birding trails of the gulf coast Galveston is a central place for those who love it. Among Fort San Jacinto to the east and along the Seawall are many signs posted for the birding trail that outline birds found in the area. Check out the pictures to see various plaques around Galveston...more