EXPLORE: Galveston – One Day to Enjoy the Texas Gulf Coast
One of my favorite places in Texas is Galveston. For me it’s a blast from the past as I spent a lot of time there as a child. My parents and I would enjoy the Texas Gulf Coast one day at a time and even spend long weekends there. Now, as an adult, I make it down to Galveston Island about once or twice a year but only have one day in Galveston. I have compiled a list of my favorite things to do in Galveston for anyone headed down for a day. Check out my favorite 8 things to do in Galveston.
First Stop: Breakfast at Sunflower
Located in the heart of Galveston’s historic East End, the Sunflower Bakery & Cafe features fresh Gulf seafood, homemade sandwiches, and the best bakery in town. The Sunflower is everyone’s favorite neighborhood cafe. 99% of the food is made from scratch with fresh local ingredients!
Second Stop: Moody Gardens – Rainforest Pyramid
Enjoy a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators. See it all in one of the truest replicas of a real rainforest.
Prices: $21.95 adult, $17.95 child/senior, children 3 & under free
TIP: Look for coupons online, on groupon, or in hotel lobbies.
TIP: Move your car and park at Fisherman’s Wharf! You can get your parking validated after lunch and have a few hours to explore the Historic District!
Third Stop: Tall Ship Elissa
Situated right next door to Fisherman’s Wharf is the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the 1877 tall ship Elissa. Before or after your meal at Fisherman’s Wharf, stroll the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark and experience the adventure of the high seas. In the museum, you can view a film about Elissa’s rescue from the scrap yard and her amazing restoration.
Fourth Stop: Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf
One of the best seafood restaurants in Galveston, Fisherman’s Wharf is renowned for the freshest fish and seafood specialties. A Texas-sized establishment, it is the perfect spot to unwind, ideally situated next to the Historic Strand District, the Tall Ship Elissa and Galveston Cruise Terminal. Grab a window seat or a seat on the patio and watch for dolphins as you eat!
Fifth Stop: The Strand Historic District
On The Strand, take some time to enjoy the variety of shops in the district’s beautiful historic buildings, many of which survived the 1900 Storm, regarded as the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
My favorite store, La King’s Confectionery (pictured above), is a throwback to the 1920’s complete with a soda fountain, award winning treats, bathrooms, and more.
Tola-Mo Bettah Market is an open air shop where you can grab a beer or cider and shop for nicer beach wares, clothing, and souvenirs.
The Admirality is a shop with gifts, home goods, and stunning glass art. I absolutely love the glass ornaments they sell! They also have a small collection of Swiss Army knives, including replacement pieces.
And of course there’s more! I love the jerky store and the Mexican glass and art store as well. You can also stumble across street and art fairs from time to time.
Sixth Stop: The Beach
Enjoy the seawall, sand, and surf for an hour or two. Park on the Seawall and take the stairs down to the sand for a stroll in the waves or fly a kite from the kite store!
Seventh Stop: Dinner at Gaidos Seafood Restaurant
Gaidos is my favorite place to eat in Galveston! While it is pricey, the food is delicious, the drinks are plentiful, and the service os fantastic. My favorite dish is the Shrimp Peques($22) which is bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with pickled jalapeño and cheese, basted with brown sugar-chipotle glaze. Be sure to get the tomatoes as the side! Delicious!
Bonus Stop: Grab a Nightcap
You can get a drink at the Spot or check out the Hotel Galvez, rumored to be haunted!
Do you enjoy Galveston? What are your favorite places to visit? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love it if you shared your favs with readers.
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