Galveston, known for its seawall and cruise ship excursions is more than that. For Texas locals, it is a place to go to escape the humidity and heat of the city. Galveston is full of surprises and fun activities the whole family can enjoy.
How to Spend 48 Hours in Galveston, TX.
Located in the Gulf of Texas, Galveston is only 27 miles long and 3 miles wide. For being a small island there is surprisingly a lot to do in Galveston, so much so that you may want more than 48 hours. But, if you only have a short time to explore here are some popular activities and places to eat.
The Strand is a historic district of Galveston, located in the downtown area. Here you will find Victorian-era buildings that now house restaurants, boutique shops, and businesses.
Ride the Trolley-
For $1 per adult (minors accompanied by adults ride free), catch the trolley to get around the historic area of Galveston, out to the seawall or over to Moody Gardens. * Tip- exact change is required.
Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar-
Stop into Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar located at 2107 Post Office St, Galveston for a unique and delicious lunch or dinner. The cooks at Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar serve up steam kettle cooking with offerings such as traditional gumbos, seafood stews, and cioppino.
My hubby is still raving about their Crawfish E’touffe. You can check out their menu here.
Visit the Ocean Star Off-Shore Drilling Rig & Museum-
Experience the offshore industry first-hand on an actual retired jack-up drilling rig. The Ocean Star offers a fun, hands-on way to learn about the offshore oil and gas industry. Located at 2002 Wharf Rd, you can find more information including operating hours here.
The Elissa, a 3-Masted Ship-
Built in 1877, the Elissa is one of the oldest sailing ships to date and is currently moored in the Galveston Harbor. Walk Elissa’s decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world’s oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of ELISSA’s dramatic rescue from the scrap yard and her meticulous restoration.
Take a Picture next to the Greetings from Galveston sign-
For all of you Instagrammers out there, you will want to stop along the Strand and take a selfie by the Greetings from Galveston sign.
Explore Moody Gardens-
One of the most popular attractions on Galveston Island, Moody Gardens houses a world-class oceanic zoo Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, and IMAX 3D theaters.
Embark on a Colonel Paddlewheel Boat cruise, have fun during the summer at the lazy river, wave pool and more at Palm Beach, Galveston’s only white sand beach.
To view more information about Moody Gardens schedules, events, and pricing click here.
Fish along one of the Fishing Piers-
Bring your rods and reels or rent some at Jimmy’s on the Pier for a great day of fishing. Your catches will range day-to-day, but prepare to catch these; bull reds, sand trout, gafftop catfish, stingray, ribbon fish and more. The cost to fish is $12 per person for a 24-hour pass.
Ride the Rides on Pleasure Pier-
With 15 rides, midway games, food venues, and shops, this old-fashioned waterfront amusement park is sure to please your whole family. All-Day Passes range from $19.99 to $26.99. Check out their website here.
Spend the Day at the Beach-
Bring your beach towels, chairs, and snacks, to spend the day at the beach. If you don’t have room to bring your beach chairs you can always rent a set with an umbrella from one of the locations along the seawall. Stay until evening and enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Eat at Fabulously Delicious Restaurants-
We stopped for dinner at Gino’s and had the most delicious hand-tossed pizza and seafood pasta. We would recommend Gino’s and will be back the next time we are in town.
Another favorite restaurant was The Spot, which is located right along the seawall. I didn’t get photos but take my word, it is delicious!
Have you been to Galveston? What suggestions do you want to share?
Until Next Time…….Travel On!
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