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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

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25 Feb

Best New Businesses in Downtown Galveston

First, check out Hearsay on the Strand at 2410 Strand. Order craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Or, head over to the Shark Shack. Located only a block away from the cruise ship terminal at 2402 Strand, this is a terrific venue for seafood, burgers, cocktails, surf videos, and weekend dance parties. For USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood, a visit to Chef Paco Vargas’ Vargas Cut & Catch at 2102 Postoffice Street is just the thing. In the mood for bratwurst and beer? Stuttgarden Tavern on The Strand at 111 23rd Street offers a beer garden and full liquor bar, along with traditional German fare, pub food, and a Build Your Own Burger menu.

Next, get your art on at the Galveston Arts Center at 2127 Strand and the Strand Gallery at 2418 Strand, featuring work by local and nationally known artists. You’ll be intrigued and dazzled by the specialty toys at Play on the Strand at 2119 Strand. Also, be sure to stop in at the Kitchen Chick at 2402 Market Street for cooking classes and camps, along with gourmet kitchen wares and accessories. And, for the best of unique, fair trade, and cause-oriented gifts, décor, jewelry, and accessories, a visit to Bel Pri at 2301 Strand is a must. Finally, don’t miss a check-in at Blu Boutique at 2425 Strand. You’ll find a charming and unusual selection of clothing, accessories, and jewelry, along with home décor, gifts, and more. And, if you are looking for Clay Cup Studios, you'll find them at their new location at 2219 Postoffice. Enhance your appreciation of the Strand District with a stay at The Tremont House in downtown Galveston. For a gorgeous view of the harbor, you’ll want to check into Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21. Or, for luxurious and historic beachfront accommodations, plan to stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa.