Galveston Journals

Plenty to do in the offseason in Galveston

A December 2002 trip to Galveston by Tideone

Quote: Although it was too cold for the beach, we still found plenty to do in this beautiful Gulf coast city.

Hilton Galveston Island Resort

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Hotel

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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 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2003

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

Flagship Hotel

Hotel | "The Flagship Hotel"

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What were the accommodations like?

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 August 1, 2003

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

Railroad Museum

Attraction

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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 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2003

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

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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 sk...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2003

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

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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 guidebooks 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 minutes. After wai...Read More