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

Feb 20, 2019 | Texas | 3 comments

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

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!

Woman posing in front of art work wall in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

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The Tremont House A Wyndham Grand Hotel

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?

The Tremont House A Wyndham Grand Hotel in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

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What makes this hotel so great? Let’s just say, we left our car in the parking garage for 3 days and roamed the streets. You are located in downtown Galveston, and almost everything is within walking distance! Keep in mind, you are in downtown Galveston and you are NOT by the beach. If you plan on hanging out on the beach for a few days, then this is not the hotel for you. If you plan on attending Mardi Gras, then you are right in the middle of everything, and this is the place for you.

Downtown streets at night in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

The Tremont Hotel is a famed Victorian-style building in the historic district of Galveston. It’s one of the most haunted hotels in Texas (creepy). This hotel is elegant and on the pricy side. They have a Jazz band in the lobby on Friday and Saturday (fancy). Also, they have the famous Rooftop Bar.

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

You can valet park for $18 a night or you can park on the street for free. They do not offer airport transportation. If you plan on taking a cruise contact the front desk because they offer shuttles to the port.

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

I paid extra for an upgraded room with a view of the outside. Big mistake. The room was really small! I feel like they put us on the top floor in the very back in a small little room, then called it an upgrade because we could see the cruise ship (eye roll).

The previous time, I booked the cheapest room available and it was massive with high ceilings! (The picture below is the room we had on the previous trip).

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

Also, if you want a suite, then book a basic room and wait a few days. They will send you several emails asking you to upgrade your room to a suite for $35 a day.

Sky Bar Steak & Sushi in Galveston, Texas

2105 Post Office Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Outside view of the Sky Bar Steak and Sushi in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

The restaurant has great prices and great food. Everyone was happy with their meal, which is impressive considering my husband doesn’t eat sushi and I hate seafood. Our daughter is obsessed with sushi and she gave it 5 stars. I had the avocado roll and my husband had fried shrimp. Yummy!

Woman eating outside at Sky Bar Steak and Sushi in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Man eating outside at Sky Bar Steak and Sushi in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

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

Woman drinking a cocktail at Sky Bar Steak and Sushi in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

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.

The Strand area at night in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
People walking in The Strand area at night in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Woman pretending to kiss turtle statue on The Strand area at night in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

We were in the mood for dessert, so we headed on foot to

La King’s Confectionery in Galveston, Texas

2323 Strand Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Dessert display at La King's Confectionery in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

This place has something for everyone. When you first open the door, you will be in shock. This is no optical illusion! This store has a massive selection.

Dessert display at La King's Confectionery in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

The other side even has ice cream and shakes. The staff wears 1920’s ice cream parlor outfits.

Dessert display at La King's Confectionery in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

They even have some fun Harry Potter candy for those Harry Potter fans. If you haven’t been to Universal Studios, then here is your chance to drink Butter Beer.

Harry Potter candy at La King's Confectionery in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

My daughter had never seen cigarette candy, so I bought her a pack. It was only .75 cents. It took me down memory lane remembering when I would receive these in my Halloween basket every year. Oh, the 1980s when pretending to smoke as a child was acceptable. lol.

Candy cigarettes at La King's Confectionery in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

Sunflower Bakery in Galveston, Texas

 512 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550

People walking down the sidewalk in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

On the way, you will see this awesome Mardi Gras mural! It was great for Instagram.

Woman posing in front of art work wall in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Plate of steak from The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

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Menu and coffee from The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Plate of food from The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

The breakfast isn’t amazing, but it is good. It was cheaper than the hotel breakfast, and the same quality. I suggest staying away from the scrambled eggs because they reminded me of fast food eggs. The Bread Pudding French Toast looked amazing, but sadly not on my diet.

On the walk back to “The Strand,” you will see a ton of amazing historic houses. If you love exploring, then now is your time.

Historic mansions on The Strand in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Historic mansions on The Strand in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

Mod Coffee House

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"
Latte art from Mod Coffee House in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

There are so many shops on “The Strand.” My daughter spent the entire day antique shopping. If you go into any store, they will give you a map that lists all the stores on “The Strand” and around it. That map is very important and a must if you plan on shopping around “The Strand.” My husband and I spent about 2 hours in a Holistic Solutions store. We are always looking for ways to improve our health. They carry hemp oil, which my husband and I have yet to try. We heard it tastes like sand.

Outside view of the Antique Store in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

Nautical Store Antiques

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

Plate of food from Hearsay on The Strand in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Plate of food from Hearsay on The Strand in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

Ok, this food is fantastic! If you are in Galveston, PLEASE eat at this place! The prices are right and the food is mouth-watering good. The restaurant is, also, super hip with waiters in overalls dawning cool mustaches.

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

Welcome to Galveston Texas sign in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

As we were walking down “The Strand,” my daughter decided to get her ears pierced at the tattoo parlor. Yes, we are rebels. lol.

Girl getting ear pierced in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

Dinner at Rudy and Paco’s in Galveston, Texas

2028 Postoffice Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Outside view of Rudy and Paco's in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

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I had to make reservations two months before we went to Galveston. This place is reservations only and books up fast. If a celebrity comes to Galveston, this is where they eat. The front door is very VIP looking with its solid black door with no glass. You feel like you need a passcode to enter. The place is super fancy, as in so fancy that you’re not surrounded by normal-looking people. Honestly, my husband and I have eaten in some of Beverly Hills’ finest restaurants, and the people at Rudy and Paco’s were dapper than Beverly Hills. Sadly, the food was horrible. All 3 of us didn’t care for our food, which sucked because our tab was $200. I wanted to like this place because Paco (the owner) is on the floor putting 100% towards everyone’s experience. It was nice to see an owner of an established restaurant loving what he does. I just wished the food was better tasting.

Person covered in white sheet to resemble a ghost. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

If you want to stay and party on The Strand, then feel free because you can walk back to your hotel. We were not partiers, so we went back to the room to sleep. I stayed up watching ghost stories on TV since I was in a haunted hotel. Spooky. We stayed on the 3rd floor, which was supposed to be haunted by a gambler who was killed in the hallway for his winnings. Supposedly, you can hear him walking down the hallway knocking on the doors for help. Sadly, I stayed up late waiting for someone to knock on the door and nothing happened. I was born with a little 6th sense and I didn’t feel anything in the room or hallway. Sorry, to my ghost enthusiasts! I tried!

The Star Drug Store

A short walk from the hotel

510 23rd Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Inside the Star Drug Store in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

Galveston’s historic Star Drug Store,” the Oldest Drug Store in Texas”, serves Breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, & authentic soda fountain drinks, plus unique gifts and collectibles!

The breakfast is good, but not amazing. It’s hotel quality without the price tag. The scrambled eggs are so much better at this restaurant than Sunflower Bakery. I heard they have really good milkshakes. Sadly, we did not get to try one.

My Valentine’s Day gift to my amazing husband was a romantic kayak tour in Galveston. It turned out to be on an extremely foggy day! However, we still had a fantastic time! ❤ Check Groupon before you book. I scored a 2-hour personal tour for $50! They did such a great job, so we tipped them well. The regular price is $50 per person and it is WORTH it. One mistake I made was wearing tennis shoes. Bring your rain boots so you can get on and off the kayak with no worries.

Beach Town Tours in Galveston, Texas

1524 8 Mile Road

Galveston, TX 77554 832-630-2440

Man and woman kayaking together in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

You have two choices to kayak: a) views of some beautiful homes or b) nature canals. Of course, we chose nature. You have a private guide who talks to you about Galveston history, and animals, along with the birds native to this region of Texas. It’s a very VIP experience. They have a daylight and a sunset tour. They even have a fireworks & Christmas lights tour which sounds awesome!

The front of a kayak in the water in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Wildlife on the beach in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Wildlife on the beach in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

My husband’s favorite part was the bird watching. We had so much fun sneaking up on the birds and just enjoying their beauty. I love the fish that would just jump out of the water right in front of the kayak.

Woman resting in a kayak on the beach during Beach Town Tour in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

We were able to stop at an oyster bar and pick up oysters, which they would open up at the end of the tour. Yes, you get to enjoy some free fresh RAW oysters (Yuck). Another bonus to the kayak tour is, that you can eat whatever you want afterward because you burn a lot of calories. It’s a hobby for the fit. My arms were sore the next day.

If you do not like to party at night on “The Strand,” then you can do a Galveston Ghost Tour. You can find some great deals on Groupon.

Galveston Graveyard Tours

Broadway and 43rd Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Two women taking a selfie at night during the Galveston Graveyard Tour in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"
Views of the cemetery on the Galveston Graveyard Tour in Galveston. | Adult Weekend in Galveston, Texas; on "The Strand"

They had several tours to choose from. We did a cemetery tour at night, which was more educational than scary. It was still a lot of fun! We got to explore the oldest and most historic graveyard in Galveston, “The Broadway Cemetery”. The tour lasted about an hour. We learned so much about Galveston and its beloved citizens who have passed on.

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