If you are looking for a great getaway near Houston, Galveston is your
answer. Best known for fun in the sun, Galveston beaches, fishing and
other water activities abound. Yet Galveston is gaining a much-sought-after reputation in tourism for some lesser-known attractions which make it a great weekend getaway, rain or shine.
What To Do
Many of Galveston’s most popular attractions are located on The Strand and The Seawall. The Strand offers fine dining, shopping and tours. La King’s Confectionary is Galveston’s historic candy and ice cream shop. Pier 21 tells the story of the 1900 Hurricane in the wake of Galveston’s glory days. Harbor Tours offer an educational glimpse into Galveston’s historic harbor and marine life. Find out more here: www.galvestonhistory.org.
The Seawall is a great place to enjoy Galveston’s sun and sand. Galveston beaches are easily accessible along the seawall. In addition to the beach, Pleasure Pier (www.pleasurepier.com) offers fun for the whole family. Thrill seekers will be drawn to its array of exciting rides, including the Cyclone roller coaster. If you are looking for souvenirs, Murdochs Bath House has a little bit of everything Galveston kitch. (www.galveston.com/murdochsbathhouse)
The most economical way to enjoy many of Galveston’s attractions is by purchasing a Galveston Island Pass. The Galveston Island Pass offers discounts on pre-paid attractions. Find out more here: www.galvestonislandpass.com.
Where To Stay: The Lasker Inn
To enjoy Galveston’s most elegant accommodations, we recommend the
Lasker inn (www.laskerinn.com). This six room mansion dates back to 1870. Surrounded by
classic elegance, you enjoy luxurious accommodations With historic
flare. Lasker inn survived the 1900 Hurricane. In the wake of the
storm’s devastation, it became a Home for Homeless Children until
1990. In recent years, Linda and Richard Denson purchased Lasker and
renovated it into Galveston’s most elegant bed and breakfast inn and Galveston’s most romantic venue for weddings.
Our stay there was delightful. We can certainly understand why Lasker
Inn is rated #1 on Trip Advisor. Inn Director Richard Conner truly
made our stay the “best of the best”. The staff takes great joy in giving
you the most memorable experience, including a delectable breakfast and relaxing respite from Galveston’s sun.
Galveston is also a great getaway for nature lovers. Birding
enthusiasts flock to Galveston during April for Featherfest,
Galveston’s annual birding festival. (www.galvestonfeatherfest.com)
Galveston is well-known for great birding. The Sea Turtle Hatchery
gives weekly tours and they regularly release turtles into the wild.
Find out more about the Galveston Nature Tourism Council here:
Galveston makes a great weekend getaway, especially for Houstonians.
It is just 1 hour outside of Houston. To find out more about all Galveston has to offer, visit www.galveston.com