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Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on “The Strand”

Feb 20, 2019 | Texas | 3 comments

Updated: Jul 3, 2024

Heading to Houston or setting sail from Galveston? Get ready to have a blast and make the most of your time on “The Strand”! Trust me, there’s way more to Galveston than just the beach. Sure, the water may not be top-notch, but hang tight because I’ve got loads of exciting suggestions for a fun-filled adult weekend in Galveston. Let’s dive in!

The Tremont House in Galveston

2300 Ships Mechanic Row, Galveston, TX, 77550, US

I’ve gotta say, out of all the hotels I’ve stayed at in Galveston, this one takes the cake! It’s pet-friendly (though I’ve yet to spot a furry friend around), and you get free Wi-Fi and a coffee maker in every room. Just a heads up though, no microwaves or fridges. And no pool, unfortunately. But hey, who needs a pool when you’ve got all this excitement going on?

Inside the Tremont House in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

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What makes The Tremont Hotel remarkable? Imagine leaving your car in the parking garage for three days and simply wandering the vibrant streets of downtown Galveston. Almost everything you need is within walking distance. Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Tremont offers a unique urban experience, but keep in mind that it is not located by the beach. If your plans include lounging on the sand for days on end, this might not be the ideal spot for you. However, if you’re here to immerse yourself in the Mardi Gras festivities, you’ve found your perfect home base.

The Tremont Hotel, a renowned Victorian-style building in Galveston’s historic district, oozes elegance and history. Known as one of the most haunted hotels in Texas, it adds a touch of eerie intrigue to your stay. The hotel exudes sophistication and comes with a price tag to match, but the experience is worth every penny.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the lobby comes alive with the smooth sounds of a live jazz band, adding a touch of class to your evenings. Don’t miss out on the famous Rooftop Bar, where you can sip on crafted cocktails while enjoying panoramic views of the city.

Whether you’re exploring Galveston’s rich history, enjoying the lively local scene, or simply relaxing in luxurious surroundings, The Tremont Hotel provides an unforgettable experience.

When staying, you have two great parking options. Choose valet parking for just $18 per night, or opt for convenient free street parking. While they don’t provide airport transportation, they do offer shuttle services to the cruise port. Simply contact the front desk to arrange your ride.

Their rooms are eloquent and beautiful. (see comments below video)

I decided to splurge on an upgraded room with a view. Big mistake. The room was tiny! It felt like they stuck us on the top floor in the farthest, smallest room and labeled it an “upgrade” just because we could see the cruise ship (insert eye roll here).

Oddly enough, the previous time I stayed, I booked the cheapest room available, and it was huge with high ceilings! (The picture below shows the room we had on that trip).

Talk about a discrepancy between expectations and reality

If you want to upgrade to a suite, start by booking a basic room. A few days later, you’ll likely receive emails offering you a suite upgrade for $35 a day.

Sky Bar Steak & Sushi in Galveston, Texas

2105 Post Office Street, Galveston, TX 77550

The restaurant offers excellent prices and delicious food. Everyone loved their meal, which is quite impressive since my husband isn’t a sushi fan and I usually avoid seafood. Our daughter, who adores sushi, rated it 5 stars. I enjoyed an avocado roll, and my husband had fried shrimp. Absolutely delightful!

Seriously, the Gummy Bear Martini is so delicious and strong. I had a buzz after one martini.

Afterward, you can roam the streets. Please note, that at no point did I feel scared. As long as you stay around the strand you should be fine.

La King’s Confectionery in Galveston, Texas

2323 Strand Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Step into a world where nostalgia meets novelty. The moment you walk through our doors, you’ll be amazed by their extensive range of products.

On one side, they offer a delightful selection of ice cream and shakes, served by their friendly staff dressed in charming 1920s ice cream parlor attire.

For Harry Potter enthusiasts, they carry a variety of themed candies, including the famous Butter Beer—no need to visit Universal Studios for this magical treat!

While exploring the store, I stumbled upon some old-fashioned cigarette candy and couldn’t resist buying a pack for my daughter. Priced at just 75 cents, it brought back fond memories of my childhood when receiving these candies on Halloween was a yearly tradition. Ah, the 1980s, when pretend-smoking was all part of the fun.

Sunflower Bakery in Galveston, Texas

 512 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550

Start your day with a delightful breakfast that won’t break the bank. While it may not be gourmet, this spot offers a satisfying alternative to the hotel breakfast at a fraction of the price. Just be sure to skip the scrambled eggs—they’re reminiscent of fast food. Instead, treat yourself to the Bread Pudding French Toast, which looks absolutely delicious (though it wasn’t on my diet!).

After breakfast, take a leisurely stroll back to “The Strand” and enjoy the sight of numerous historic houses. For those who love exploring, this is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a bit of local history.

Mod Coffee House in Galveston

2126 Post Office Street

Galveston, TX 77550

We also stopped at an incredible coffee bar on “The Strand.” It has an Austin feel to it. The coffee was delish.

Woman sitting at table at Mod Coffee House in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

Shopping on The Strand in Galveston

“The Strand” is a treasure trove of unique shops and boutiques that promise an unforgettable shopping experience. When my daughter and I spent a day there, she was completely absorbed in antique shopping, discovering one fascinating item after another.

A must-have for any visitor is the map provided by the stores. This map not only lists all the shops on “The Strand” but also highlights those in the surrounding area. Trust me, this map is your best companion if you plan on exploring and making the most of your shopping trip.

During our visit, my husband and I spent about two hours at a Holistic Solutions store. We’re always on the lookout for new ways to improve our health, and this store offered a variety of intriguing options, including hemp oil. Although we haven’t tried it yet, we’ve heard it has a distinctive taste.

Whether you’re hunting for antiques, seeking holistic health solutions, or just browsing, “The Strand” offers a diverse array of shops that cater to every interest. Don’t forget to grab that essential map to guide you through your shopping adventure.

Nautical Store Antiques in Galveston

My favorite souvenir store because it’s cheap. I can get this great quality Mardi Gras mask for $12!

Hearsay on the Strand in Galveston, Texas

2410 Strand Street

Galveston, TX 77550

You have to try this spot in Galveston! Honestly, the food is out of this world. The prices won’t break the bank, and every bite is pure bliss. Plus, the vibe is super cool—the waiters rock overalls and some seriously awesome mustaches. Don’t miss out!

If you love Instagram, then after lunch, stroll right down the street and you can take pictures of the Galveston Sign.

Rudy and Paco’s in Galveston, Texas

2028 Postoffice Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Making reservations at Rudy and Paco’s in Galveston requires advance planning—two months, to be precise. This exclusive dining spot, which often attracts celebrities, tends to book up quickly. The entrance itself sets the tone for a VIP experience with its solid black door, giving off an air of mystery and exclusivity.

Inside, the ambiance is exceptionally sophisticated. It’s clear that this isn’t your average dining establishment; the patrons’ attire surpasses even the finest restaurants in Beverly Hills. My husband and I have dined at some of Beverly Hills’ top spots, but the elegance at Rudy and Paco’s was truly unparalleled.

Unfortunately, the food did not meet our expectations. Despite the high-end atmosphere, all three of us found the dishes lacking in flavor, which was disappointing given our $200 tab. I had high hopes for Rudy and Paco’s, especially seeing the owner, Paco, actively engaging with guests and clearly passionate about enhancing everyone’s dining experience. It was evident that he loves what he does, and his dedication to the restaurant is commendable. However, we left wishing the culinary experience matched the impeccable service and ambiance.

The Star Drug Store in Galveston

A short walk from the hotel

510 23rd Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Step back in time at the historic Star Drug Store, the oldest drug store in Texas. This charming spot serves breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, and authentic soda fountain drinks. Plus, you’ll find unique gifts and collectibles that make perfect souvenirs.

Breakfast Review

While the breakfast offerings are solid, they won’t blow your mind. Think good, reliable hotel-quality fare without the hefty price tag. However, their scrambled eggs are a standout and much better than what you’ll find at Sunflower Bakery. If you have a sweet tooth, I’ve heard their milkshakes are to die for, though I didn’t get the chance to try one myself.

Beach Town Tours in Galveston, Texas

1524 8 Mile Road

Galveston, TX 77554 832-630-2440

For a truly memorable experience, consider booking a romantic kayak tour in Galveston. I surprised my husband with one on Valentine’s Day, and despite the foggy weather, we had an amazing time! Here are some tips to make the most of your adventure:

Booking Tips

  • Check Groupon: I snagged a 2-hour personal tour for just $50! The regular price is $50 per person, and it is absolutely worth every penny.
  • Generous Tips: The guides did an excellent job, and we made sure to tip them well for their efforts.

What to Wear

  • Avoid Tennis Shoes: I made the mistake of wearing tennis shoes, which made getting on and off the kayak a bit tricky.
  • Bring Rain Boots: Opt for rain boots instead, so you can step in and out of the kayak with ease and keep your feet dry.

Explore Nature or Scenic Views

Choose your kayaking adventure in Galveston! Paddle through serene nature canals or enjoy views of beautiful homes. Naturally, we opted for the nature route and had a private guide who shared fascinating insights about Galveston’s history, wildlife, and birds native to Texas. It’s a truly VIP experience with options for daylight, sunset, fireworks, and Christmas lights tours!

Bird Watching & Wildlife Wonders

Our favorite part? Bird watching! Sneaking up on the birds and marveling at their beauty was such a thrill. And those leaping fish? A delightful surprise right in front of our kayak!

Oyster Bar Delight

Mid-tour, we stopped at an oyster bar for fresh oysters, shucked and enjoyed at the end of the tour. It’s a unique treat (even if raw oysters aren’t your thing). Plus, kayaking is a great workout—eat whatever you want afterward guilt-free!

Evening Adventures

If nightlife isn’t your style, try a Galveston Ghost Tour for a spooky alternative. Great deals are available on Groupon!

Galveston Graveyard Tours

Broadway and 43rd Street

Galveston, TX 77550

They had a variety of tours to choose from, and we opted for a nighttime cemetery tour. Rather than being spooky, it was surprisingly educational and incredibly enjoyable. We got to explore the oldest and most historic graveyard in Galveston, “The Broadway Cemetery.” The hour-long tour was packed with fascinating insights about Galveston’s rich history and the lives of its notable residents who have passed on.

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