Visiting Post-Ike Galveston
Jaunted contributing editor Christine Bord recently took a Volunteer Vacation to Galveston, Texas. Here she tell us what else there's to see and do in this Texan beach town.
Galveston, Texas was hit hard by Hurricane Ike last fall and the scars can still be seen from the debris on the beach to the dilapidated buildings dotting the coast. Despite the hardships Ike caused, the city is slowly recovering and there is still a lot to see and do on this unique island. It's also fairly accessible, just a short drive (about 60 miles) south of Bush Intercontinental Airport. Here’s a look at the best Galveston has to offer.
Where to Stay:
At the Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort on Galveston’s main drag, Seawall Blvd, every room has a balcony with an ocean view. The resort gets rave reviews for its service on TripAdvisor and we found out first hand that if you call the hotel directly to make a reservation they'll throw in a free breakfast. Rates start at $170.
Where to Eat:
You can’t visit Galveston without having a Kolache for breakfast. Kplaches are pastries stuffed with various fillings like sausage or ham and cheese. Shipley’s Do-Nuts, located at 5401 Broadway St, serves fresh homemade Kolaches all day for about $2 each.
What to See:
Water sports and beach activities are still the main attraction in Galveston. Wheel Fun Rentals has a fleet of old-timey bicycles, like surreys that let the whole family ride together. Surf Boards, kayaks, fishing poles and telescopes can be rented daily from various shops along Seawall Blvd.
Moody Mansion and Moody Gardens are also worth a look while visiting Galveston. The Moody family’s legendary residence is open for tours 7 days a week, 11am to 1pm and adult tickets are $7.
· Galveston [Official Site]
· Restoring Hope One Pixel at a Time in Galveston [Jaunted]
[Photo: 2005 Nationals]