Galveston, Texas, is a cute little beach town located on an island. It’s about 45 minutes south of Houston along on the Gulf coast. There are quite a few unique spots in Galveston, so if you’re planning on visiting Galveston anytime soon, here are a few places that I think are must-see’s for the city!
Moody Mansion, Bishop’s Palace and the Victorian-era Houses
Galveston has a surprising amount of Victorian-era houses. They are absolutely beautiful and I really love just walking around the neighborhoods near Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace. It’s completely free to park and walk around, and many of the homes have historical plaques so you can learn about some of the history of the homes. Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace are also tourist locations that you can go inside and pay for, for a small fee. I’ve been to both and think that they’re quite interesting, if you’re willing to pay.
The Strand is a series of streets in northeast Galveston, where there are little shops and restaurants. It’s where you can find the colorful “Welcome to Galveston” sign and giant chair. There’s also The Confectionery, an old shop where you can buy delicious ice cream, candy, chocolates, taffy or coffee. It’s kept it’s 1950’s-inspired confectionery theme throughout the years. It’s one of my favorite spots in Galveston and I always stop for some type of sweet. A few blocks south of the main area of The Strand is the Old Opera House and The Witchery. I’ve only seen the outside of the Opera House, but I’ve visited The Witchery and find it fascinating. It’s a wicca store, where you can find gemstones, candles and books of witchcraft. It’s quite a unique store and I know that it’s definitely not for everyone, but it’s a rare find, if you’re interested.
The ports are an interesting area a block or two north of The Strand. It’s where the cruise ships and military vessels dock, so if you’d never seen giant ships before (I hadn’t, before I visited Galveston), it’s really cool! There’s also an old pirate ship-styled sail boat that you can tour, and I think that there’s also dolphins tours, but I’ve never taken those. You can see a few oil rigs at the port as well, which I personally find kind of depressing.
Seawall Boulevard is a long strip of road that goes along the southern edge of Galveston island. You can either drive along the boulevard or park and walk on the sidewalk — or you can walk along the beach! It’s not the best of sand and since it’s on the Gulf, the water isn’t the cleanest, so be cautious. There’s also Pleasure Pier, an amusement park on a pier like Santa Monica in California or Coney Island in New York. I, personally, think that it’s quite expensive for tickets, but it’s always busy and looks fun!
In case you have a little more time, here are a few other interesting places to visit in Galveston!
- East Beach
- Moody Gardens
- Galveston Island State Park
I hope that this helps you plan your trip to Galveston! Enjoy!
Thank you for reading! Have you ever visited Galveston? What are your favorite spots? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!