If you’re finally ready to get out of the house again to see family and friends, a trip to Galveston Island may be the perfect fit. There is plenty to do and plenty of room to spread out. Rent a couple of Airbnbs on the same street and pack your flip-flops because the surf’s up!
Galveston has 32 miles of public beaches. For a nominal fee, you can park on the Seawall Blvd. and walk down the steps right to the sand. If you have a big group, you can hire a charter bus Galveston Island TX to take your crew to Stewart Beach which has a bathhouse, snack bar and chair rentals all in one convenient location.
Galveston Island is rich in history and there are several historic home tours you can take. The Bishop’s Palace built in 1892 is a great place to start. Filled with period antiques and once home to the Gresham family before becoming the Catholic Diocese’s bishop’s residence in 1923, this beautiful abode survived the Great Storm of 1900. Not to be outdone, the gorgeous Moody Mansion just down the street has been a Texas Historical Landmark since 1967. Tour the Moody family home built in 1895 and learn about the life and philanthropic endeavors of this old Galveston family.
If you go to just one spot beyond the beach, make sure it’s the lush gardens and former Galveston Orphans Home, now housing The Bryan Museum. This boutique museum holds an astonishing collection of arts and artifacts relating to the history of Texas and the American West. Galveston, the birthplace of Juneteenth also boasts a small African American history museum, the Galveston Railroad Museum and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.
Galveston is a great family-friendly place to visit with plenty to do for all ages. There are numerous terrific restaurants all over town with an arts and shopping district in historic downtown just blocks from the harbor side of the Island. Come for the beach and stay for a little bit of everything else.