Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 13. We asked some Galveston insiders their recommendations for savoring the extra daylight on the Island and here are their suggestions:
1. Go bike riding. You can rent a bike or a surrey from several rental shops on the Seawall. We recommend Island Bicycle Company. Guests at Hotel Galvez & Spa can take advantage of the hotel’s courtesy bicycles. Don’t forget Galveston has the longest continuous sidewalk in the United States; The Seawall is more than ten miles long.
2. Go stand up paddle boarding on the Gulf. SUP Gulf Coast offers rentals and lessons. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the Gulf while getting a good workout.
3. Go fishing. There are several paid fishing piers including Galveston’s 61st Street Fishing Pier and Galveston Fishing Pier on 90th or venture to Seawolf Park to fish. The piers offer a nice alternative to fishing on a boat while offering a view and bathrooms.
4. Take a sunset cruise from Pier 21. Cruise-N-Time operated by Suntime Watersports. Cruise-N-Time offers ECO-Tours and Sunset Cruises. Make sure to take your camera for those unforgettable shots of the sunset and the dolphins.
5. Go for a horseback ride at East Beach. Splurge for the one-hour guided beach ride ($70) or the one-hour private sunset ride ($100) with Galveston Island Horse and Pony Rides at East Beach.
6. Enjoy dining outside in downtown Galveston. There are plenty of options in The Strand District as well as Pier 21. Options include Riondo’s Ristorante, Yaga’s Café, Fuddrucker’s, Stuttgarden Tavern and nearly every restaurant at Pier 21 including Nonno Tony’s World Kitchen, Olympia The Grill at Pier 21, Willie G’s and Fisherman’s Wharf. If you want a beach view there are plenty of options on Seawall Blvd as well.
7. Drinks at The Rooftop Bar. Named the “Most Romantic Bar” by Houstonia Magazine, The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House is a “must do.” And, check out their Friday Social Club Happy Hour with $3 off cocktails and $2 off beer and wine from 5 to 7 p.m.
So take time to savor the extra daylight before the sun sets in Galveston. Take a selfie with a view and plan for some fun on the Island.
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
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.