Here are a few travel tips if you are planning on going to Galveston, Texas (home of hot beaches and muddy waters!) We decided to go for a day trip, follow this if you want a great day with your friends!
Food and drink:
Shipley's donuts// >$10
Mod Coffee// >$10
Shrimp and Stuff// $10-20
Sonny's Place// >$10
The Strand// Free-How ever much to spend
Bishop's Palace// $12
East Beach// Free (if you park before the gate and walk a bit)
Pleasure Pier// $25 (for all you can ride pass)
Play by play of our day:
We decided to leave Houston at around 8am which got us into Galveston a little after 9. Our first stop was at Shipley's donuts, which isn't indigonous to Galveston by any means, but we wanted to donuts so who cares!
After donuts headed to Mod coffee. A great coffee shop near the strand. There specialty and famous drink is called the "just trust me" where you trust the barista to make you a drink of there choseing. After trying to guess what I had (unsuccessfully) she told me mine was hazenut, carmel and toffee latte. Hunter's ended up with a hazelnut mocha razberry. latte. Both were great. The coffee shop was fun, with a great atmoshpere. It was named and decorated after the mod time period in england and has been apart of galvaston for 15 years now.
Mod Coffee is a must if you are in glavaston.
After Mod we walked around The Strand, Galvastons famous shopping areas full of fun shop. my favorite shop has always been is the candy shop. Its a fun place to get a sweet treat. They have candy, ice cream, and there famous salt water taffy. If you pick the right time, you may be able to catch them making the taffy which is fun to to watch!
After leaving the Strand. We headed to one of the most historic homes in galvaston. Bishops palace. At the palace you can take an hour audio tour of the home where it tells you all about the history of the house and the history of glavaston. Its a beatiful home and was very informative. If you like history then you will like the Bishop's palace.
By this time it was a little after noon. And we were hungry. The restaurant that we were told to try out was shrimp and stuff. People raved about it, and it didn't not disappoint. I got a shrimp po-boy and savored every bite of it. I would HIGHLY recommend Shrimp and Stuff for a great causal lunch.
It wouldn't be a trip to the beach without going to the beach, right! We decided to try out east beach, primarily because its the only beach where you can legal bring alcohol. It wasn't too crowded, and there are lifeguards on duty. My only regret was that we didn't bring a volleyball to play a game on the sand volleyball courts.
Following a few hours at the beach, we decided to go for a lighter dinner and try out a place that was recommended to us when we were at Shrimp and Stuff. The place we decided to try was called Sony's Place. It's a small little hole-in-the-wall bar that has a pretty cheap hamburger. The burger was alright, when I head to Galveston again and am craving a burger, I'd go to Spot's instead.
Our final stop on explore: Galveston was Pleasure Peir, something that I've wanted to try for a while. It honestly exceeded my expectation and was a lot of fun. the roller coaster was good and the other rides were entertaining. If you need to kill a couple of hours i'd say check it out! But remember you have to ride at least 3 rides to get your moneys worth.
All and all it was a great day in Galveston! I'll be back soon!