Single Business Traveler Itinerary
New to Galveston? If you are traveling for business and want a few ideas for a day or evening to pass the time, here are a couple of suggestions.
For those with several hours during the day to explore the island:
Rent a personal conveyance – Your first stop should be Salt Water Gift Shop to pick up an e-scooter or beach cruiser bike. This is a great way to get around town without the availability or restrictions of an automobile.
Take in a museum (approx. one hour each) – Select a museum of that tickles your fancy. Some include: Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Bryan Museum, Galveston Naval Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum, Texas Seaport Museum. For architecture and history, visit one of the island’s sprawling mansions such as Bishop’s Palace, Ashton Villa or the Moody Mansion.
Find the tree carvings (approx. one hour) – As you scooter your way to The Strand, pick up a map of the island’s 35+ tree sculptures, the city’s creative and beautiful solution to the damaging saltwater effects of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Stroll the Strand (approx. 2-3 hours) – To cap off the day, don’t miss Historic Downtown and the Strand, a 70+ block of quaint shops, delicious restaurants, museums, entertainment and fun. Choose from one of dozens of eating establishments then top it off with a milkshake or confectionary from La King’s.
Bolivar Ferry – (approx. 1 hour) – If you aren’t quite ready to call it a day, take a free 18-minute (each way) ferry ride to Bolivar Peninsula. With ships running regularly 24/7, you can view giant tankers and barges traveling to and from the Port of Houston. Watch for shrimp boats to catch a glimpse of dolphins looking for a free meal. While cars may have a longer wait, e-scooters and pedestrians can gain regular, convenient access. There’s even A/C in the observation deck.
If you are in meetings all day but seeking something to do during the evening, we think a visit to Galveston’s Historic Downtown would be ideal. This 70+ block area is home to The Strand, a pleasant and unique shopping and dining locale. While many of the shops close at 6:00pm there are several favorites that are open until 8:00. Yet, the restaurants and bars dappled along the route are open until 9:00pm or later.