Galveston Journals

Searching for the trolley in Galveston, Texas

A December 2002 trip to Galveston by dennistravels

Hilton Galveston Island Resort Photo, Galveston, Texas More Photos
Quote: While searching for the trolley, we discovered many of Galveston's attractions.

Searching for the trolley in Galveston, Texas

Overview

Empty station Photo, Galveston, Texas
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Galveston is a great place to visit with so many things to see and do - we didn't have time for all of them even though we stayed a week. If you happen to visit at Christmas time be sure and go to the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. This was definitely something we will long remember. The "Ocean Star" Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum is something that can only be seen in Galveston and is definitely worth the time. I learned some very interesting things about drilling for oil.Quick Tips: Galveston can be very crowded on the days the cruise ships are in port. We found it was a lot less crowded in the stores and restaurants along the waterfront when the cruise ships were gone....Read More

Flagship Hotel

Hotel | "The Flagship Hotel"

Flagship Hotel Photo, Galveston, Texas
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While we didn't stay here, I had to go take a look at this place. Staying at this hotel would be like taking a cruise without going anywhere. Actually some people refer to the hotel as the USS Flagship, since it is built on a pier that stretches 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. So be sure to bring your fishing gear.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Flagship Hotel
2501 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77550
(409) 762-9000

Hilton Galveston Island Resort

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Hotel

Hilton Galveston Island Resort Photo, Galveston, Texas
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The six story Hilton Galveston Island Resort is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, next door to the Galveston Island Convention Center. Being the week after Christmas we did not run into any conventioneers, although we did see quite a few guests that were using the hotel for pre and post cruise stays. The hotel reportedly offers a free shuttle to the cruise ship docks, which are located a few miles away. The hotel is also located within walking distance of some great restaurants and a grocery store. During spring break and the summer months, it is often easier to walk than to attempt to take your car on Seawall Boulevard. We had a great view of not only the cruise ship docks but als...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2003

Hilton Galveston Island Resort
5400 SEAWALL BLVD
Galveston, Texas 77551
409 744-5000

Gaido's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Gaido's"

Gaido's Restaurant Photo, Galveston, Texas
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My dad always said you could judge how good a restaurant is by how many cars are in the parking lot. At the time, we did not know that Gaido’s shares a building with its sister restaurant, Casey’s, but you can’t go wrong by choosing either one. Gaido’s is the more upscale of the two, although we didn’t seem to be too out of place in our tourist garb. When S.J. Gaido opened the restaurant, he promised visitors the best in service and the finest in seafood. The family has definitely continued his promise as the service was outstanding and the seafood even better. Gaido’s still does things the old fashioned way – like peeling shrimp, shucking oysters and fileting fish, along w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Gaido's Restaurant
3830 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77550
(281) 461-4000

Casey's Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant | "Casey's"

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Having tried Gaido’s, we decided it was only fair to try its sister restaurant, Casey’s. And I can tell you we are glad we did. While Gaido’s is upscale and formal, Casey’s is as informal and laid back as you can get. But the same great food that is served at Gaido’s is also served at Casey’s with Casey’s and Casey's is a lot easier on the pocketbook. But don’t expect white linen table cloths and linen napkins at Casey’s. After a short wait, since we did arrive right at the height of the lunch crowd, we were seated at what resembled a picnic table. It didn’t take me long to peruse the menu and make my selection of fried bay scallops. My wife also opted for the scallops. They were absol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2003

Casey's Seafood Restaurant
3828 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77550
409/762-9625

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum Photo, Galveston, Texas
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This is one of the most interesting museums I have ever been to. The Ocean Star is a retired jackup drilling rig and features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating all facets of offshore oil and gas. In addition to the videos and exhibits that explain drilling, geology, seismic, well servicing and production, there are also mock-ups of how the crews live and work on the platforms. I found these to be very interesting but some of the other exhibits do get a bit on the technical side. If you are afraid of heights you might want to avoid the skywalk that takes you out onto the drill floor of the rig. It is rather high above the water but it does give you a great view of the s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2003

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum
Pier 19
Galveston, Texas
(409) 766-7827

Railroad Museum

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Railroad Museum Photo, Galveston, Texas
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If you love trains, then this should definitely be on your to do list for Galveston.

The museum, which is housed in the city's former Union Depot, features the life sized "Ghosts of Travelers Past" exhibit in the waiting room. What makes these "ghosts" so unique is they talk and visitors are able to listen in on their conversations.

The museum also features exhibits of Pullman and passenger cars from the bygone era of passenger trains.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2003

Railroad Museum
25th and Strand
Galveston, Texas
(409) 765-5700

Moody Gardens

Attraction | "Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens"

Moody Gardens Photo, Galveston, Texas
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This was recommended by almost everyone we talked to on our first day in town, and I must admit it is well worth a visit.

In addition to being able to walk through the Festival of Lights, our admission ticket was also good for a visit to the ten-story Rainforest Pyramid. This was a very interesting exhibit with plants and animals from the rainforests of the world.

Although I enjoyed the exhibit I was glad to get back outside as it is rather damp and muggy inside the pyramid and the cool night air felt good. The Festival of Lights is open from around Thanksgiving to right after New Year's.

Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
(800) 582-4673

Where's the Trolley?

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I love anything that travels on rails so I was looking forward to our trip to Galveston because of the Galveston Island Trolley. According to the guide books I read, the trolley is a recreation of the cars that provided many Galvestonians transportation from the late 1800’s until 1938. Upon our arrival in downtown Galveston, we quickly found the trolley tracks but we couldn’t find a trolley. At first we thought it might be because of the day of the week or maybe the trolley only ran at certain hours and we had missed it. Returning to the downtown area the next day, we parked our car and headed for a trolley stop, where we had been told that a trolley came by every few minute...Read More