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Things To Do And See In Galveston, Texas
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Things To Do And See In Galveston, Texas

Picture of Donna Kay Morgese
Updated: 9 February 2017
Galveston is the Hamptons of Houston and also the third most haunted city in the United States. With its Cajun charm and historical feel, you sure will have an experience not to forget. Galveston is an excellent escape to get your coastal kick while in the Houston area. Here are some fun places to check out while in Galveston.
Hotel Galvez 5th Room Haunted by Ghost Bride | ©donnakaella photography
Hotel Galvez 5th Room Haunted by Ghost Bride | ©donnakaella photography
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Hotel Galvez

Rumour has it that this ocean front hotel is haunted by a ghost bride. Like much of Galveston, there’s more to Hotel Galvez than meets the eye. Legend has it a seaman’s fiancé was staying in room 501 when she heard his ship had sunk, and took her own life. Now she haunts our halls, especially during October Ghost Tours.Take the ghost tour if you dare, or, alternatively,it is also a very nice place to relax and have a cocktail.

Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 +1 409 765 7721

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Galveston Pleasure Pier

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops.As one of the few spots in the world that boasts many rides suspended over the water, the Pleasure Pier is a truly unforgettable experience and certainly not to be missed. They offer bundle rates that fit your budget; bundles of guilt-free fun guaranteed.

Galveston Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 +1 855 789 7437

Pleasure Pier | ©Katie Haugland/Flickr
Pleasure Pier | ©Katie Haugland/Flickr
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The Strand

The Strand is located in Galveston’s historical downtown district. With a vast array of intriguing shops, galleries and museums, this is where you can get some of the most eccentric souvenirs. The old fashioned candy parlor is a great place to visit for your sweet tooth. Take some time to enjoy the variety of shops in the district’s beautiful historic buildings, many of which survived the 1900 Storm, regarded as the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

The Strand, 2228 Mechanic St, Galveston, TX 77550

Violinist at The Strand | © Allen Sheffield/Flickr
Violinist at The Strand | © Allen Sheffield/Flickr
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Magic Carpet Golf

This unique and fun mini golf park will get you active and having fun. Right on the Seawall, you can enjoy 36 holes (2 courses) of mini golf with a colorful setting and a cool ocean breeze. The imaginative and original course provides guaranteed fun for friends and family. A giant snake, mushroom, piece of Swiss cheese and a cannon shooting into a castle are just a few of the neat and creative holes they have. Be sure to bring cash or check as they don’t except credit cards.

Magic Carpet Golf, 9030 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554 +1 409 740 2000

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Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar

If you’re hungry, stop by Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar for an authentic bowl of dark gumbo and fried pickles. Little Daddy’s is a unique dining concept created by the Galveston Restaurant Group, bringing expertise in steam kettle cooking with offerings such as traditional gumbos, seafood stews, and cioppino. Galveston has plenty of New Orleans flare to it, so take advantage of the Gulf Coast-Cajun cuisine as much as you can while there.

Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar, 2107 Post Office St, Galveston, TX 77550 +1 281 524 8626