Galveston Island Travel Guide

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Galveston Island Things to Do

  • moody gardens

    The moody gardens aquarium was the best aquariums we went to on our trip from Phoenix to Key West and we went to several. We also visited the rainforest in Moody gardens, although it was nice it was not worth the entrance fee. On the other hand the aquarium was worth everycent of the entrance fee,since we only wanted to see the aquarium and the...

  • lazing with seaweeds around you

    went on a road trip with my friends, and basically spend the whole day on the beach. the beach really isn't as terrible as is heard, but isn't too great either. off the galveston island, are residential beaches, which are open to the public. These beaches are not maintained in the sense that there were seaweeds all around. My friends and i ended...

  • Moody Gardens

    We took a tour around the 3 pyramids of Moody Gardens. It was pretty cool. The first one is an aquarium. It's not too bad---I was a little let down since I was expecting a great deal more but it was still fun to watch the sharks swim around and the penguins. The next pyramid is a Rainforest--now that was neat! You walk in and you really feel like...

  • It's a Beach, Bay-bee!

    You can feed the seagulls, take great photos, surf when the wind's good, eat lots and lots of seafood, go to beach parties, take a horseback ride along the beach, rent bicycles to ride around town or on the beach, go to The Strand for shopping, the railroad museum, the many attractions of Moody Gardens, take tours of mansions, and go on the Elyssa...

  • The strand

    The Strand National Historic District is located on the east end" of Galveston Island. Originally, it just included Strand Street, but the recent surge in development in the area has created overflow for the better. When Islanders speak of "The Strand" we're really talking about downtown Glaveston including Strand Street, Pier's 19-22 and extending...

  • The Aquarium at Moody Gardens

    This aquarium is located in a pyramide shaped building. It looked very inviting so we thought we should visit it..More people had the same idea there was a line, not that large but it was a line. We got in line and started waiting............and waiting despite that the length of the line wasn't that long it didn't really went fact in...


Galveston Island Restaurants

  • Great Seafood and Nice Atmosphere

    I've eaten at Willy G's twice when in Galveston and it is definitely some of the best seafood I've ever had! The restaurant is located in the shopping area known as The Strand, and it sits right next to the harbor. Try it out, you won't be disappointed, and if you have any left over scraps, go outside and feed it to the gulls! The grilled salmon...

  • The best (and only) Vietnamese food on...

    Although it may not look like much, Pho 20 serves up generous portions of tasty and healthy Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese food. This place is a favortie of locals looking for a healthy and fast lunch. The small dining room can get quite busy during weekday lunchs, but the wait is never long. Take-out is available. I LOVE the chicken, beef and...

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Galveston Island Nightlife

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    by yachtco Written Dec 17, 2009

    Popular live music act, ¡Viva Los Chuyz! has 2 shows at the "Safari Beach Company" on Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30 pm. Playing catchy original music, the show is a mix of tropical, reggae, light jazz, Tex-Mex rock...Los Chuyz calls it "island party music..."
    The musicians are not only talented, but like to engage the crowd with witty comments and sing alongs; "shakers" (home made tambourines) are passed out to the audience. Fun to watch and great for dancing.
    "...It aint easy being Chuy..."

    Dress Code: casual attire

    ��Viva Los Chuyz! Tommy Proctor - lead acoustic, electric, keyboards Gary Lee Rodriguez - percusion
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Galveston Island Shopping

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    by mafootje Written Jan 3, 2004

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    If you don't know the Rainforest cafe here's what it is al about.

    It is a restaurant and a souvenir shop much like Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock cafe are. At some places they have a ride, like it was here in Galveston.

    The shop and restaurant are created in a jungle style, you can find big aquariums, waterfalls and a continious show of moving puppets and sounds... And once in a while a thunderstorm will make it rain around the restaurant area.

    What to buy: They sell t-shirts, shorts, jewelry, bathing products, home accessories and more. Most of them will carry the Rainforest Logo or use the mascottes of the cafe. Some of them will have the name of the town or place the cafe is in...

    Picture taken June 3th 2003, 10:45

    What to pay: Well prices are higher as in regular stores and are about the same level you would pay at the Hardrock cafe or Planet Hollywood.

    The entrance of the Rainforest Cafe in Galveston
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Galveston Island Local Customs

  • Local flavor!

    Galveston has it's share of quirky and unusual characters. A trip on the Seawall is always good for a laugh. Some locals to watch for: Disco guy - he wears eighties work-out wear, roller skates and carries a boom-box. He will stop and spontaneously break into an aerobics inspired dance number. He is great.Marathon Man - Has been sighted all over...

  • Driving on Seawall

    One way in which a tourist may be easily picked out is in traffic on Seawall Blvd. Many tourists go very slow and stare at the ocean, weaving about in their lane and suddenly and unexpectedly braking. This is dangerous behavior that is quite irritating to other motorists and terrifying to pedestrians. Please, if you are going to drive on Seawall...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Galveston Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Abundance of Homeless

    Galveston is located at the end of a major interstate. Somehow a huge number of homeless and quirky individuals end up on the Island. Generally the homeless will not bother you aside from asking for money. As with any place, be careful where you go and extra careful at night.

  • no campfire

    it was ridiculous finding an open beach which allowed open campfire. Upon asking several lifeguards at different points, my friends and i were directed to several locations which clearly prohibited open campfires. unfortunately after setting up our campfire we were told that it was illegal to do so as the dunes were dry and needed to be protected....

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Galveston Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by mc_schwing Written Jan 6, 2004

    Everyone's been to Galveston Island, but who really spends time on the beach there? Travel South on the island to find the best beaches.

    Jamaica Beach
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    • Budget Travel
    • Aquarium

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