Galveston Island is the perfect place for Houstonians to take a vacation without going far. The island is full of great food, shopping and attractions that are perfect for a day trip. There are plenty of things to do for kids, adults and family members from out of town. Endless possibilities are just down the freeway! Here’s a list of ways to make your day trip to Galveston TX perfect.
Galveston is about an hour long drive from downtown Houston to the beach. If your trip is on a weekend, plan for heavy traffic, especially in the summer. To determine what time to leave, factor in all the activities you would like to do and what time you would like to be home.
2. What to bring
If any part of your day involves the beach, you will need your typical beach gear: swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, umbrella and chair, if you have them. If you’re spending the day shopping and eating, wear comfortable shoes and breathable clothing, as it gets very hot mid-day. Check the weather. You will either need sunglasses or an umbrella.
3. Where to shop
Galveston has incredible antique and vintage shops, many with one of a kind items you would only find on the island. Flea by the sea is all about putting forth a whimsical collection of refreshed vintage finds mixed with new decor accessories.
Antiques on Winnie opened in 2017 and already has a reputation for having a fabulous selection of antique goods. The shop is located in the historic Galveston Model Dairy building. Antiques on Winnie has locals calling it “The Best New Business.”
The Marketplace at the Peanut Butter Warehouse has transformed the location into a vibrant, all-around great shopping venue. This market is a large, mixed market with a variety of vendors, including women’s clothing boutiques, antique shops, furniture stalls, and art stops.
Where to eat
Eatcetera is a vegan and gluten-free friendly restaurant great for breakfast and lunch. The Thai tofu (or beef) sandwich with daikon and sriracha mayo is packed with flavor. On the weekends, sink your teeth into a fried egg panini.
Known as one of the best beer bar in Galveston, Brews Brothers serves up a selection of unique brews along with a constantly changing list of beers from Texas and beyond, along with a delicious Asian-inspired menu. The burgers are made in-house from Angus beef from a local College Station farm. They even have a number of vegetarian friendly dishes.
La King’s Confectionery is a sweet shop has been around for nearly 100 years and is a favorite for locals and tourists. With taffy, ice cream and pecan logs, this store is your go-to place for something sweet in the heart of The Strand.
While you’re on your day trip to Galveston TX you must check out some of the awesome attractions the island holds. Here are a few to get your wishlist started:
Moody Gardens is a 242-acre amusement park with hotels and attractions including an aquarium, a zip line & paddlewheel boats. Each pyramid structure has its own theme with attractions inside such as the newly renovated Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid. Be sure to check out the golf course and penguin encounter.
Pleasure Pier is a historic spot in Galveston that became an amusement park back in 2012. Locals and tourists enjoy a number of fun rides like the Iron Shark Roller Coaster and kid-friendly Texas Tea ride.
Whether you are a Houston native or out-of-towner, Galveston Island is the perfect place for a day trip or beach vacation.