With the holidays gone, and the next break in sight being in May, small getaways become even more important, to maintain the sanity between work and life otherwise. We are very fond of short getaways as it makes keeping a balance easier – a quick break can rejuvenate and refresh the body and mind making it relaxed.
I’ve shared many gems around Houston (listing them at the end of this post for your ready reference) but if you really want to just stay local – here’s my take on things to see and do in Galveston!
I’m sharing 2 hotels we love and 1 I stayed in when I was attending a conference, but as far as restaurants are concerned, since the sea food scene is what’s big in Galveston and we aren’t sea-food folks, I don’t have recommendation for you! We either eat at the hotel restaurant, order pizza or grab fast food.
Where to Stay:
– Hotel Galvez: We love this one because it’s right infront (well diagonally!) of the Pleasure Pier and Murdoch’s! Their pool and hot tub area is self sufficient and relaxing. This hotel is an antient beauty and even has a haunted history!
– San Luis Resort: We recently discovered this one and wow, was it amazing or what! I think this is the one we’ll choose over Hotel Galvez just coz of the amazing pool side and if y’all know us, you know we are water babies and suckers for a good pool. What’s even better is that their pool is heated for all year round fun! Win-win!
– Moody Gardens Hotel: This one is not on the island, but next to the Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark and a short drive from the beach! So if your kids enjoy Moody Gardens or are interested in either Palm Beach (a tiny water park in the Moody Grdens complex) or enjoy Schlitterbahn, this could be a good choice.
Things to see & do:
– Moody Gardens
– Schlitterbahn Waterpark
– Rainforest Cafe & Ride
– Pleasure Pier
Has something for everyone! Rides, food, concerts: you name it!
– The Strand
This is the histotic part of the island and also the cruise hub, so expect some touristy crowds when the ships are docked. This area is lined with cutesy boutiques and antique stores to shop at!
– Offshore Drilling Museum
– Historic Tours
Galveston is very rich in history and it’s refecled in the mansions that line it’s streets. If you want to take a tour, make sure you start early in the morning since most of them close later in the afternoon. The Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace aren’t to be missed.
There are quite a few beaches along the way, and most of them now even have porta-potties (for a quick bathroom break or for changing clothes) and are clean and well maintined, my main issue is the water! Gulf of Mexico isn’t clean, thanks to all the oil rigs and tankers that are always in close proximity.
If you are willing to drive a little bit, or for that matter even hop on a free ferry to Port Bolivar, you’ll be gifted with nicer beaches, waters and all – like the Crystal beach or on the other side, about an hour’s drive away is Surf’s Side Beach! In Galveston, the 2 most famous ones are: Stewart Beach or Galveston Beach, even though anywhere along the seawall is a good idea!
– Wall Murals:
Galveston has a big wall mural scene going and its pretty neat, if I do say so myself… We haven’t seen them all but I have a list of them all, and that’s what I am sharing with y’all today!
– Greetings From Galveston, Saengerfest Park, 23rd and The Strand
This colorful mural was completed by longtime Galveston artist Gabriel Prusmack, and commissioned by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.
– Sea Turtle, Menard Park, 28th & Seawall Blvd.
This one’s cute since it depicts each of the five species of sea turtles that visit the Gulf of Mexico – the green sea turtle, the loggerhead, the hawksbill, the leatherback and Kemp’s ridley.
– The Kindness Project, 22nd & Postoffice
A team of Galveston artists have spent months completing this whimsical mural in historic downtown Galveston. The central character is the Be Kind bee, spreading the idea of kindness for locals and visitors alike. So cute right!!
– See-Wall Mural, the world’s largest and longest mural along Seawall Boulevard
The 2.4-mile mural depict marine life, birds and images of Galveston attractions, sums up Galveston for you!
– Galveston Ice, 21st & Harborside
Another cute one – this mural features penguins and polar bears. It’s located on the west wall of the Galveston Ice and Cold Storage Building.
If you are looking for more, this is a good place to start.
Let me know if you are making a trip to Galveston, I’d love to hear what did!!
Until next time, stay relaxed!!
Here are the other road trip (within Texas) destinations I’ve talked about in the past:
~ Around Houston: South Padre Island…
~ Around Houston: Austin!!
~ Around Houston: San Antonio!!
~ Around Houston: Fredericksburg!!
And I am working on some more destinations (like Waco and Fort Worth) around Houston, so stay tuned for those!