A perk of living in a popular tourism destination is that you get plenty of family and friends that want to make a visit. The case is the same for Galvestonians so we asked where they take their out-of-town visitors. We got a huge response.
This is what we heard back:
Sheila W: “Tree Sculpture Tour, Mosquito Cafe, Ocean Star Museum, The Strand, Smooth Tony's. Also, we love to take guests to the State Park. I watch the sunrise with them on east beach and the sun set in the park.”
Holly B: “Mosquito Cafe for that divine lemon cake. Mod Coffee, Bishop's Palace, and The Grand (1894 Opera House).”
Melissa M: “Depends on the guests, but some places are the Tremont Rooftop Bar, La King's, Fit Tri Run, Palm Beach (good for little kids that want a sand and water experience)… Mosquito Cafe, Galvez Spa. I've also heard good things about the Galveston Children's Museum.”
Dan O: “Artist Boat Coastal Preserve has got good reviews. Paddle boarding with Ohana Surf Shop was a winner.”
Asad K: “ZaZa Bar & Bites... :) Farley Girls...”
Katherine A: “Antique Warehouse!”
Belinda S: “Fit Tri Run. Ride the ferry. La King’s (Confectionary).”
Jim P: “... to see the 1900 Storm movie at pier 21. It is mandatory for all out of town guests.”
Frances P: “The Brian Museum for sure.”
Liesel D: “Murdochs: souvenirs, drinks, view, relaxation, photo-op. Jimmy's on the Pier: food, beer selection, pier fishing, view. My mom and sister love Kitchen Chick for the shopping but we have yet to do a class. Maceo’s for their Muffuletta, BOI sandwich, beignets and specialty groceries. Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn to cool off and entertain the whole family. Galveston Island Brewing for local beer selection, sunsets, live music, free yoga and jujitsu sessions, playset for kids proximity to Moody Gardens including their summer fireworks. Beerfoot: beer selection (including house brews), live music, bites and flights. Sunflower: food, outside patio, baked goods. Mosquito (Café): food, outside patio. Shrimp n Stuff (Restaurant): local seafood. Katy's: fresh local seafood and pelican/boat photo ops. Shopping: Tola, Hendley Market, Habas, Head to Footsies. Hey Mikey's Ice cream. Local festivals. I could go on and on... Love Galveston!”
Sarah P: “The Grand, the beach, Poop Deck, Rudy and Paco’s, Postoffice Street, Strand, and the list goes on lol.”
Connie D: “The Bryan Museum for sure! Then let them see Mr. Guy Taylor play Taps at sunset at the corner of 21st and Postoffice. This happens every evening! Maceo's, Riondo's, Crows Cantina for night life, Rosenberg Library, Antique Warehouse....on and on....”
Pamela P: “Ride the Ferry, Tree Sculpture Tour, Bryan Museum, and Bishop's Palace. And, Strand Historic District for shopping and dining.”
Karla K: “West end beaches, Artist Boat kayaking on the bay, free and amazing ferry ride, the Great Storm movie, and Mosquito Cafe. I don't want them to leave without really knowing the Gulf and the Bay. And, Bronco Burritos!”
Denise A: “It depends on the visitor. There are water visitors and visitors only looking for historic neighborhoods and sites. Also, family visitors and those looking for budget all the way to higher scale. Grouping ideas together might be a fun way to look.”
Erin T: “Sunday service at Tiki Chapel. Lone Star Flight Museum. Woody's for a beer and Cafe Michael Burger for a burger. Great (inexpensive) golf at Moody Golf Course. Railroad Museum. Clay Cup Studios to make art. Shrimp N Stuff. Farley Girls. Hey Mikey's! Kitchen Chick. Local art galleries. Photo of "Old Red" at UTMB, a visit to Pelican Island...especially for visiting Aggies! A tour and/or show at The Grand (1894 Opera House). A watermelon margarita at Taquilo's! Tour the GHF (Galveston Historical Foundation) properties. Duck Tour is always fun! Sunset at Jimmy's on the Pier. Use Cool Tours to get around the island… Fish Tacos and a dip in the pool after Ohana Surf lessons.”
Jenny M: “Galvez Sunday Brunch of course!”
Joyce M: “The Elissa, the Pavilion at East Beach view is awesome, Tremont Rooftop (Bar), Moody Gardens rainforest, etc. Oh and Head to Footsies and the Strand, Post Office Street.”
Karla O: “The Ferry, especially if they have kids, Nonno Tony's for a seafood fix and definitely a Mexican food stop.”
Linn F: “Ferry ride to see the dolphins, breakfast at Millers (Landing) or La Mixteca. If it’s raining Bishop’s Palace or Moody Gardens, Maceo’s for lunch, not raining....site seeing through the neighborhoods, East End, along the beach, walk the Strand, Post office. .. raining or not...THE WITCHERY! !! ...happy.hour..Olympia Grill at the Pier 21.”
Leah M: “Tola's on The Strand for people watching! Nautical Antiques. Kitchen Chick. Star Diner. Shrimp N Stuff. And the list goes on!!!”
Kimberly M: “The Rooftop Bar at the Tremont!.. As well as Art Walk, on Postoffice St if it is the scheduled time. And Bands on the Sand!”
If you don’t have a local to impose on then remember that you can save 20 percent when booking two consecutive nights Sunday through Thursday at The Tremont House or Hotel Galvez & Spa.
If you are looking for beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.
Courtesy shuttles run between the properties all afternoon and evening so you can experience the island without the hassle of driving, plus the Hotel Galvez pool is open to The Tremont House and Harbor House guests at no charge.