This winter Galveston is chillier than usual so we put together a list of suggestions for indoor fun to escape the cold. The good news is there are plenty of ways to enjoy your time on the island even if it’s cold outside.
• Tour The Bryan Museum-If you enjoy history and art, you’ll love this museum. Take a guided tour or explore on your own. The Bryan Museum opened June 2015 in the 1895 Galveston Orphans Home and offers one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents and artwork relating to Texas and the American West. This amazing collection spans more than 12,000 years ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to twenty-first century items. We love the saddle collection… The Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and located at 1315 21st Street.
• Visit Galveston’s Broadway Beauties-Moody Mansion & Museum, 2816 Broadway, and the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, offer a stunning escape from the cold. These homes give you a snapshot of how Galveston’s wealthiest families lived. Both homes offer an audio tour. If this is a family trip, Moody Mansion is also home to the Galveston Children’s Museum. Both historic house museums are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Explore Moody Gardens-You can explore a tropical rainforest or see penguins in the artic at Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd. The Rainforest Pyramid takes guests through the rainforests of Asia, Africa and the Americas while The Aquarium explores the South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Allocate a good hour for each pyramid. Bonus: There’s a covered walkway between the Aquarium and the Rainforest. Both museums have experienced a major upgrade in recent years and are open daily.
• Step Aboard the Ocean Star Offshore Oil Rig & Museum-While it might be a little chilly on the walkway, once you arrive aboard the Ocean Star at Pier 21 you’ll enjoy the fascinating exhibits on oil exploration and drilling aboard a retired jackup drilling rig. The museum features three floors of models and interactive displays explaining the science of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration and production. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Relax in the Spa- Forget the Cold, forget the world, and pamper yourself with a day at The Spa at the Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd (entrance on 21st Street). Packages are available offering combinations of services or you can plan your day a la carte. Arrive early and sit in the steam room for 10 minutes followed by some meditation in the relaxation lounge, sip champagne as you receive a pedicure, relax with a deep-tissue massage, and try to decide between a facial and a trip to the Salon. Call 409.515.2100 to schedule an appointment.
Don’t let a little chilly weather deter you from enjoying Galveston’s most popular attractions.
Where to Stay:
• For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown and is a block away from a Seawall Trolley stop.
• For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House. The city trolley stops on the same block as the hotel.
• Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.