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Historic Galveston, Texas

Galveston Island, Texas

Have you ever had the itch to travel and just booked something a couple of weeks or days in advance?  We recently did this for a trip to the great state of Texas. The historic island of Galveston is where we spent three of our five day adventure.

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

There are many opportunities for exploration while on this Gulf coast historic island. The location is ideal at about 50 miles southeast of Houston, Galveston is an easy getaway for a weekend beach retreat, family adventure, of just enjoy what nature has to offer. In addition, you can explore the 32 miles of soft sands here. Check out the 2,000-acre Galveston Island State Park  for beach, fishing, kayak, or bird watching options.

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Fishing Pier

Two major hurricanes in 1900 and 1915 have changed the course of this town and island forever, but Galveston continues to be a major destination along the Texas Gulf Coast. The charming 19th-Century homes are worth just strolling along the historic neighborhoods or touring. These tours could include: The Moody Mansion, the Bishop’s Palace, or museums such as Galveston Railroad Museum and the Texas Seaport Museum, home to the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, to discover how the city’s port.

Moody Mansion

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Incinerator at Moody Mansion

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Bishop’s Palace

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The Bishop’s Palace or Gresham’s house is a circa 1892 stone shaped with steel structure designed by Nicholas Clayton. This gorgeous home survived the Great Storm of 1900 and is worthy of a tour either with a docent (if time allows) or via s self-guided audio tour. We opted in for the the “Basement to Attic” tour and were not disappointed in this 2 1/2 hour explore of the home.

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Seawall Boulevard

You can walked along the Seawall. This protective barrier of the ever-changing tides of Gulf of Mexico began after the devasting hurricane of 1900. It stretches some seven miles and is about 17 feet tall. It is more than just a protective barrier offering the famous and historic Pleasure Pier  and the newer  Moody Gardens. with its pyramids and golf course.  The Moody Gardens are not to be confused with Moody Mansion as they are in two separate locations on the island.

Where did we Stay? 

Avenue O Bed & Breakfast

Jeff & Polly, the owners of this lovely 3 room (all private rooms) are the hosts that go above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable. Polly’s breakfast is worth waking up for as she is a top chef. You can enjoy a evening drink (if desired) on the front porch or in the living room. We highly recommend considering this well appointed B & B with free parking for your next stay in Galveston.

Please share your experiences when visiting Galveston. Did I miss anything?

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