Galveston in Three Days

From beaches and opera houses to vintage airplanes and paddle-wheeler cruises

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Galveston Island is Texas’s most visited beach destination, known for its great weather all year round. The island is small but full of big surprises, from culinary gems to fun family attractions and thriving arts scene, that combine a laid-back beach town atmosphere with the culture of a world-class city. This three-day itinerary introduces you to all the major attractions.

Day 1: Sand, Sun & Island Tour

10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Stroll along the beach and relax while lounging with your toes in the sand at East Beach. This beach park features a newly renovated outdoor pavilion complete with a boardwalk, concessions and an entertainment stage. Additional amenities include umbrella and beach chair rentals, restrooms, showers and volleyball courts. Live music, concerts and an outdoor
bar add to the entertainment most weekends during the summer.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Enjoy lunch at Shrimp-n-Stuff, a local restaurant known for affordable and delicious seafood, po-boys, gumbo and salads since it opened in 1976.

2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Walk back in history at the 1886 Bishop’s Palace — a nationally recognized architectural landmark. The Bishop’s Palace opens its massive front doors to reveal an interior of equally impressive beauty.

3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Take an island sightseeing, historic homes and churches, ecological, harbor boat or train tour.

8 p.m.: Dinner aboard the climate-controlled Colonel Paddlewheel as you take a leisurely cruise on Galveston Bay.

Day 2: A Day of Exploration in the Wild and in the Sky

10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Spend the morning exploring Moody Gardens and experience all its unique attractions — 242 acres of botanical gardens, The Rainforest Pyramid, a 3-D IMAX theater and a world-class Aquarium.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Lunch at Jimmy’s on the Pier, a full-service restaurant with one of the best views in Galveston.

2:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Discover the Lone Star Flight Museum. This rare collection of historic aircraft is the largest of its type. Looking for adventure? Take an aerial tour of Galveston Island aboard a warplane, including a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, or a Stearman.

8 p.m.: Experience a live show at the Grand 1894 Opera House, a world-class theater delivering a diverse, star-studded season, continuing the legacy that has been part of their history for over 100 years.

Day 3: The Historic Strand District and Pier 21

10 a.m.-noon: Meander and shop along the Historic Downtown Strand District. Antique lovers, art aficionados and shoppers of all kinds will discover beautiful and interesting objects at Galveston Island’s many shops. Be sure to indulge yourself at La King’s Confectionary, a 1920s soda fountain serving malts, shakes, ice cream sodas, ice cream, candies and coffee.

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch at Farley Girls. They serve up “a little bit of everything” with an eclectic menu made up of house favorites. Here you’ll find house-made soups, salads, paninis, sandwiches, pizzas, and plenty of other hot stuff, all made from scratch to get you through your day, deliciously.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Tour the Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum — the only one of its kind.

3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Explore Pier 21 — a waterfront entertainment and dining area located on Galveston’s historic harbor in the Historic Strand seaport area.

7 p.m.: Treat yourself to dinner at Gaido’s — an island treasure celebrating over 100 years in Galveston. Tender pork chops, mouthwatering steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning pecan pie are just a few of the stars at this iconic restaurant.

This itinerary is compliments of the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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