Are you awed by architecture? Galveston’s historic island is home to one of the largest, well-preserved and historically significant collections of Victorian architecture throughout the United States. Hop on a bicycle, beach cruiser, scooter, e-scooter or surrey bike from Salt Water Gift Shop to meander down Broadway, taking in the beautiful design and intricate motif of Bishop’s Palace, Ashton Villa and Moody Mansion. Then bike to the city’s East End or Silk Stocking historical districts for breathtaking construction beauties dating back to the pre-1900 storm. Famed architects such as Nicholas Clayton still resound in the homes dotting the east end of the island.
Don’t miss out on Galveston’s charming tree sculptures. While Hurricane Ike inundated beloved oak trees from the historical neighborhoods, homeowners turned lemons into lemonade by carving the remaining trunks into whimsical and delightful works of art. Nature, pets, storybook characters and more are brought to life through the stumps of these once majestic oaks. Grab a tree sculpture map from any brochure rack and find them all on your cycling journey. These carvings will bring a smile to your face and are best accessed by bike or scooter.