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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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03 Feb

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First, check out Hearsay on the Strand at 2410 Strand. Order craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. 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. Gypsy Joynt Jive at 2411 Strand is perfect for coffee, quick bites, and decadent desserts. This family-owned-and-operated eatery is a “Galveston Islands Restaurant of the Year” winner, and features an eclectic menu, hip décor, and cool arcade games.

Next, get your art on at the Galveston Arts Center featuring work by local and nationally known artists at 2127 Strand and the Strand Gallery at 2418 Strand. You’ll be intrigued and dazzled by the specialty toys at Play on the Strand at 2119 Strand. Seasoned cooks and budding chefs should check out 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 the new and expanded Bel Pri at 2226 Strand is a must, and check out the spanking-new Salty.Southern.Chic at 2211 Strand. Blu Boutique at 2425 Strand offers a charming and unusual selection of clothing, accessories, and jewelry, along with home décor, gifts, and more. Visit Mercantile on the Strand at 2301 Strand for tasteful, one-of-a-kind gifts, such as dough bowl candles, and exquisite bar accessories (think muddlers and root elixirs) for creating your own craft cocktails. And, if you are looking for Clay Cup Studios, you'll find them at their new location at 2219 Postoffice. Lastly, the Galveston Historical Foundation is excited about the renovations taking place at the Texas Seaport Museum. The museum will re-open in late June/early July of 2020 with new exhibits and a state-of-the-art interactive experience. Although the museum is closed temporarily, tours of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and the Historic Harbor Tours and Dolphin Watch will continue daily.

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.