Galveston, Texas, USA
Galveston, in the Gulf of Mexico, is the perfect city to spend a few days relaxing before or after your cruise.
|If you are spending a few days in Galveston, you are more likely to want to rent a car or take taxis.|
|To get from the airport to the Cruise Terminal, public transportation is not possible. However, you can reserve with Super Shuttle, Cool Tours, Galveston Shuttle & Limo, Karr Limousine, Elite Limousine of Houston, Lady bird Limousine, Aim Limousine or Galveston Limousine. The cruise lines usually have a shuttle service. Depending on the number of people traveling, either option can be cheaper.|
|Taxis are available at the airport without a reservation, but we don’t suggest them if you are a solo traveler, since they end up being more expensive than the shuttle services. If you are a group of 4 or 5, the cost per person can be cheaper. Remember, taxis continue charging even if you are stuck in traffic.|
|If you are driving, you are most likely to use a GPS for directions, enter Harborside Dr & 25th St, Galveston, TX as arrival point.There are many parking options to choose from, check out our map to see the different parking lots, their address and their prices.|
|Currency||$ US Dollars (USD)|
|Shops Opening Hours And Holidays||Boutiques on the strand close at 6 pm|
|Must Try Foods||BBQ|
|Must See Sights||Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Waterpark|
|Taxi||There is a high demand during cruise dates.|
|Airport||Hobby Airport (HOU) is the closest airport to Galveston. It’s 50 minutes away without traffic (42 miles). George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is 72 miles away, and it’s about 1 hour 15 minutes away without traffic.|
|Tip||15% in restaurants.|
|Tax||Texas has an importation tax on alcohol and cigarettes bought during the cruise.|
|Beaches||Stewart Beach Park (family oriented), East Beach, Palm Beach at Moody Gardens, Beach Pocket Park (more info on the map)|
|Renting A Vehicle||Rent-A-Car, Entreprise Rent-A-Car are on the island.|
|Time Zone||UTC -6 Central Standard Time ( -5 Central Daylight Time)|
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|Spend the day in Moody Gardens! With a one day value pass, you can spend a day exploring the different Moody pyramids. Spend the end of the day relaxing in the Moody Palm beach.|
|Walk down the sea wall and visit the iconic Pleasure Pier. For a fun family day at the beach, continue all the way east to the Stewart Beach Park.|
|If you are in Galveston in December, don’t miss the Dickens on the Strand, a Victorian England festival. Mardi Gras festival is in February or March.|
|Spend a day going back in time! Visit the Strand Historic District and discover its variety of shops, art galleries and restaurants. Then head to Pier 21 for lunch and choose a spot where you can see the Tall Ship Elissa. After lunch, head to the ship for a visit (handled by the Texas Seaport Museum).|
|Spend the day discovering all about Galveston’s history. Visit the Bishops Palace, the Moody Mansion, the Lone Star Flight Museum, the Galveston Railroad Museum and the Elissa Ship at the Texas Seaport Museum. End the tour by grabbing dinner at Queen’s, on Ave S and 35th street.|
|Out with your teens? Spend a day in Schlitterbahn, the waterpark resort. There is an indoor section that is open year round for maximum fun! And don’t forget the Pleasure Pier open until 11 pm. You can buy individual rides or an all-day pass!|
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