Top things to do in Galveston besides the beach
In need of a beach vacation? I know Covid has changed all of our travel plans this year but if you are considering a trip to Galveston I have found you some of the most colorful and Instagrammable spots! I know the water isn’t the greatest but there are other things to do than just the beach. Read along for some of the top things to do in Galveston!
Things to do in the Galveston Seawall Area
Stop at Murdoch's Pier to watch the sunset
Location: 2215 Seawall
Tips: This was my absolute favorite find that I will continue to return to! Murdoch’s pier has sets of porch chairs set up six feet apart. They even sell drinks which is all I was missing in my picture! Park along the seawall and walk over.
Get on some rides at Pleasure Pier
Location: 2501 Seawall
Tips: If you are up for some fun rides and games head to Pleasure Pier! Park along the seawall or on their paid parking lot across the pier. You do have to pay to even walk on the Pier but you are able to take these two pictures for free.
Stop at Four Seasons on the Gulf for a picture
Location: 4000 Seawall
Tips: I love finding the most colorful spots and I think this one wins as the most colorful! Did you know you could rent these condos? Or if you just want to take a quick picture park along the seawall then walk over. Also, note there are people staying here so please be respectful!
Things to do in Downtown Galveston
Admire the Colorful Beach Houses
Location: Anywhere on the Strand. We drove between 19th and Christopher Columbus St.
Tips: I am obsessed with all the colorful beach houses in Galveston! These are only a few that we found. Of course you can try and find one on Airbnb to stay at or better yet purchase one! Trying to convince the hubby to get one. LOL Just drive around The Strand and admire these beautiful houses!
Admire the Architecture
Location: East End Historic District
Facts: These are only a few of the beautiful buildings in Galveston. 1892 Bishop’s Palace is cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. You are able to visit inside and take a tour. At one point Sacred Heart Church was the largest church in Texas in 1892, you are welcome to visit inside.
We also happened to drive by this beautiful abandoned house. It definitely looks creepy but the architecture is amazing. Oh the stories it must have! Do you think it’s haunted?
Others to visit nearby 1895 Moody Mansion and 1859 Ashton Villa.
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Take a picture at these beautiful doors
Location: Next to 2509 Market St.
Tips: Doesn’t this door make it look like you are in Morocco, Greece or Portugal? Even their garage door is amazing! I am assuming someone lives here so please be respectful when taking your picture.
Take a picture at the Pride rainbow crosswalk
Location: Corner of Rosenberg and Sealy
Facts: This Pride rainbow crosswalk was privately funded by individuals in the community to show that Galveston is a welcoming community to all. There is also another crosswalk down the street on the corner of Rosenberg and Avenue H.
Take a picture at the Mardi Gras setup
Location: Next to the Tremont Hotel
Facts: Did you know Galveston’s Mardi Gras Celebration is actually the third largest in the US? Save the date for February 5th-16th, 2021 or plan to stop by and take a picture as this is here year round. You can also stop by at night to see the lights for the setup.
Take pictures at the Murals
Location: Various. Click on the addresses/locations below the pictures for the exact address.
Galveston is not known for their murals but of course I had to find a few for you!
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