Galveston Journals

Pre-Cruise Galveston

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A March 2005 trip to Galveston by SFPhotocraft

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Quote: Galveston is a town that takes to change slowly. Very little changes here, and that's a good thing. Texans have enjoyed this beach town for generations.

Pre-Cruise Galveston

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Overview

Galveston Photo, Galveston, Texas
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It's been over 30 years since I was last in Galveston. Somehow I had expected a lot to have changed. To my surprise, very little had changed! Sure, there were some new hotels, a new restaurant or two, and a lot of new beachfront homes, but for the most part, it was still the funky, colorful, and slightly tacky beach town that I had remembered. That, to me, was a good thing! Galveston is a local or regional beach. Most people don't come from far off places to Galveston to enjoy the beach. Most of the folks you will meet here are just down for the weekend from Houston. To be honest, the water is a little murky and the sand is packed and brown. We saw a l...Read More

Holiday Inn Resort Galveston on the Beach

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn - On The Beach"

Holiday Inn Resort Galveston on the Beach Photo, Galveston, Texas
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When booking our hotel, I have to confess that my major reason for picking this property was - points. Okay, I am being a bit of a point/mile whore, and I admit it. Maybe the lesson here is that you get what you deserve when you ONLY go for points! We arrived late, but the hotel was easy to find, front and center, across the street from the beach. The bar next to the lobby was in full swing, with a band, and things looked fun and lively. However, the front-desk staff was not so lively. Their personality meters hit unfriendly. Okay, I don't need a brass band and streamers to check-in, but a smile would have been a nice touch. Later, when I needed some local directions, I f...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 13, 2005

Holiday Inn Resort Galveston on the Beach
5002 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77551
409-740-3581

Gaido's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Gaido's"

Gaido's Restaurant Photo, Galveston, Texas
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Seafood joints are a dime a dozen in Galveston, and most of them are good, as the seafood is fresh and local. However, the granddaddy of all seafood is Gaido's, located front and center on Seawall Blvd., just across the street from the beach. It's hard to miss, as a giant crab hangs just above the door, proclaiming the seafood is fresh and local. Gaido's has been a part of the Galveston tradition since 1911. Many Texans have downed a few shrimp in these walls. The bad news is that they do NOT do reservations, so be prepared for a wait. We were lucky we went early on a Friday night (about 5:45pm), and we got a table right away. However, on leaving, we heard the wait was over an hour. Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2005

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

The Rainforest Cafe

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Restaurant | "Rainforest Cafe"

The Rainforest Cafe Photo, Galveston, Texas
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If you have read any of my previous journals, you know we have a family tradition on vacation that the kids always get to pick one dining option on the trip. So the moment we drove by The Rainforest Cafe on Seawall Blvd., I knew we would be seeing the interior on kid's night out. Actually, I don't mind The Rainforest Cafes--they are located all over the U.S., Mexico, and even London. They do promote theme over substance, but not as badly as some other places do, and their food, although not fine dining, is usually tasty and good. We always have a good time when eating at a Rainforest Cafe. You can't miss this establishment from the road. It has a massive volcano fountain and lot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 13, 2005

The Rainforest Cafe
5310 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77551
409.744.6000

Mansion Palace

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Attraction | "The Bishop Mansion"

Mansion Palace Photo, Galveston, Texas
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Galveston has a number of important and historic homes to tour. Sadly, the city lost many stately homes to the 1900 hurricane. But the homes that did survive give us a wonderful glimpse at what an elegant city Galveston was during the 1800s. At one time, Broadway was a street of fine homes and stately mansions. Only a handful remain today, sandwiched in between more newer and more modest homes and businesses. The one that really stands out as you drive by is The Bishop Mansion. It looks more like a secure stone castle than a family home. The home was completed in 1893 by Colonel Walter Gresham, a famous Confederate Colonel during the Civil War. After the war, he moved from Virginia to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 13, 2005

Mansion Palace
1402 Broadway
Galveston, Texas 77550
(409) 762-7668

Moody Gardens

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Attraction

Moody Gardens Photo, Galveston, Texas
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Moody Gardens is hard to fit into a single category. It actually started as a riding facility for handicapped persons and grew and grew. Today, it has a deluxe hotel, spa, Palm Beach beach area, large convention center, IMAX theater, Paddlewheel boat, and three large pyramids housing an aquarium, rain forest, and a discovery museum. So you can see that this place is a little hard to categorize! We lost part of our day exploring Galveston Beach and only had a limited time to enjoy Moody Gardens. We had to pick one area to focus on, so we picked the aquarium. The complex is dominated by three large pyramids, each in a distinct, unique color. We o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2005

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

Shelling on the Beach

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Story/Tip

Galveston Photo, Galveston, Texas
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I think we all have had that expierence of getting lost and actually finding something more interesting than the thing you were looking for in the first place. This was our expierence on Galveston Island. We got up early as we planned to spend a full day at Moody Gardens. However do to poor directions from our hotel and very poor signage alone Seawall Blvd, we zipped right past the turn-off for Moody Gardens. In reality, the travel gods were with us and had planned to take us another adventure! I kept heading south, following the Gulf of Mexico away from the crowded beach and tourist area. The beach homes here were large and luxurious and all built on stilts to protect them from hurricanes an...Read More