Explore Galveston


  1. Step back in time as you stroll through the East End Historic District surrounding the 1890 Freeman House. The neighborhood is filled with historic Victorian homes and tree sculptures. Take the self-guided Tree Sculpture Tour, hop on a Segway for a bit more adventure, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride with Island Carriages.
  2. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at the Mosquito Café or The Sunflower Bakery & Café, both located on 14th Street several blocks from our place.
  3. Attend a performance at the 1894 Grand Opera House. Stop for dinner at nearby Rudy & Paco, Saltwater Grill, or Trattoria La Vigna.
  4. Explore the historic Strand District. It offers charming boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, restaurants, incredible historic architecture, and unique shops like The Witchery. Take a break at La King’s Confectionery & Ice Cream Parlor which features an old-fashioned candy counter, taffy demonstrations, and a 1920’s soda fountain.
  5. Go ghost hunting! Ghost Tours of Galveston offers a variety of historic tours including a cemetery tour and a tour of the Strand. Or learn about Galveston’s historic Red Light District on the Dark of the Moon adults-only tour that blends brothels with history and ghosts.
  6. Pier 21: Explore Galveston’s Historic Seaport, the Texas Seaport Museum, and the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa. Visit the Pier 21 Theatre, which offers three documentaries covering the 1900 historic storm, pirates who once roamed the island, and immigration through the Port of Galveston.
  7. Hike around Pier 20 on the harbor side to see pelicans, commercial fishing boats, and fish markets. Stop for an excellent lunch at Katie’s Seafood House, or buy some fresh seafood to prepare on your own in our kitchen. Afterward, tour the nearby Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum.
  8. Tour the historic 1892 Bishop’s Palace or the 1895 Moody Mansion.
  9. Visit the historic Star Drug Store (the oldest drug store in Texas) for breakfast, lunch, soda fountain, and an array of nostalgic gifts.
  10. Explore The Bryan Museum’s extensive collection documenting Texas history.
  11. Spend a day on the famous Seawall visiting the beaches, collecting seashells, riding bikes, fishing from the piers, or taking the family to Pleasure Pier amusement park.
  12. Shop for souvenirs and relax on the deck over the ocean at the historic Murdoch’s Bathhouse.
  13. Have lunch or dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants located on The Seawall with great views of the ocean. Some favorites are:
  14. Take a ghost tour of the historic, haunted Grand Galvez Hotel on the Seawall. Call 409-515-2154 for reservations. Dinner tours are also available.
  15. Take the Galveston Ferry to Bolivar Peninsula for great views of dolphins and ships. Drive or walk on. It’s free. Explore the Peninsula including an old fort and scenic beaches. Have dinner at Stingaree Restaurant on the harbor. Enjoy the Tiki Bar outdoors as ships pass by.
  16. Visit Moody Gardens. Tour the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid and the Discovery Pyramid. Relax on Palm Beach, ride the Lazy River, enjoy the paddlewheel cruise, ziplines, golf course, and special-effects theatre.
  17. Take a scenic drive along the shore to Pointe West (about 20 miles) for incredible sunset views and beautiful, less populated beaches.
  18. Explore Galveston Island State Park. Kayak, fish, hike along the ocean, birdwatch or relax on the beach.


Enjoy your adventures! When you return to 1711 Postoffice Street, relax with a glass of wine or read a book from our collection to learn more about Galveston and its fascinating history.