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Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
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Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
From $142.00
 
Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
"In the morning make your own way downtown to meet your double-decker bus for a fully-narrated sightseeing tour of Houston’s most iconic sites. Your 90-minute tour by open-top bus passes by City Hall Chase Tower Minute Maid Park—home of the Houston Astros baseball team Houston’s Museum District Hermann Park and more.After touring central Houston with your knowledgeable guide transfer to a comfortable coach that takes you on a 50-minute drive to reach Galveston
From $99.00

Strand Historic District Tips (3)

Visit "The Strand"

One of the most interesting historic districts in Galveston is the "Old Strand" Historic District. This is where the people in early Galveston came to work and play. There are still some hotels here, along with trendy restaurants and decent bars. Lots of nice architecture and museums too.

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Apr 07, 2014

The Strand Historic District

There are three major things to be done at the line of century old buildings named the Strand.

1) Shop
The shops make up the first floor of many of the buildings. You can find anything here but my favorite would be the craft-type materials. Antiques are abundant as are beach wear.

2) Eat
There is the complete spectrum around the Strand. There's casual sidewalk cafes all the way up to elegant gourmet dining. I usually enjoy sitting outdoors and watching the world go by with a cool drink. But be mindful that in Texas during the summer it may be too hot to sit outside with a cool drink.

3) See the historic buildings
The buildings are really amazing. On every block are historic landmark plaques, most of them State rather than National.

The Strand is also close to many of the museums around Galveston such as the Railroad Museum, Elissa and the Pier 21 Museum, Mardi Gras museum, trolley cards touring more of the historic homes, and more

Check out a map at http://www.thestrand.com/maps/maps.php

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Jun 18, 2008

The Tremont House

The Tremont House is now a hotel run by Wyndham located in the heart of the Old Strand Historic District. The building was completed in 1880 by Eugene Heiner and expanded by famed Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton. It housed the main office of the Leon & H Blum Company the leading dry goods importer in Galveston. The company was owned by one of several Alsatian brothers and cousins who came to Texas in the early 1850s. The company also had offices in New York, Boston, and Paris, France, and served the Southwest U.S., the Indian Territories, and Mexico. The company was dissolved in 1895 and the building changed hands several times including housing the offices of the "Galveston Tribune". The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Things to Do Near Galveston

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Moody Mansion and Museum

Built in 1893 by Narcissa Willis, a wealthy widow, this house was bought by the Moody family in 1899 and was held by them until 1986 when it was turned into a museum. The house is not as impressive to...
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Galveston Island railroad Museum

The Galveston Railroad Museum houses one of the largest collections of railroad cars (over 35 railroad cars) and memorabilia in the nation. The museum is housed in the restored 1913 railroad depot...
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Seawall

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...
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Bishop's Palace

Built for lawyer Walter Gresham in 1893. This house was later bought by the catholic church to be used as a Bishop's residence. the house today is open for self guided tours and incorporates the best...
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Stewart Beach

This is by far the best beach in Galveston. On Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays they have Volleyball Tournaments (Those were the good days when I used to play in them) and they also have one of...
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Seawolf Park

The official Galveston site describes the featured submarine in this way: The Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf. The Cavalla was a Gato...
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