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A Look at Today’s Galveston Island

A Look at Today’s Galveston Island

Although going to the beach is an important part of the Galveston experience, it is definitely not the only component of it. The downtown area of Galveston has plenty of shops, restaurants, attractions, and entertainment to make your vacation one to remember! In just a half-mile radius, there is so much to see, do, and experience that we can’t list it all here.

It is always a good idea to be prepared and have a list of things to do, either as back-up or as additions to your vacation to Galveston and the beach. Here are just some of the things in downtown to consider for your trip to Galveston.

Attractions

Just walking up and down the Historic Strand is a sight to see. However, there are things to spend a little more time at for a fun, memorable vacation. For example, why not hop on a horse-drawn carriage, play a big game of chess in Saengerfest Park, or see the Pirates and Ghosts haunted house?

Pier-21 Theater
You could spend all day just at Pier 21 to take advantage of their attractions. The Pier 21 Theater is one location that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Also on Pier 21 is the Ocean Star OffShore Drilling Museum. This is a fascinating museum, right off of Wharf Road near the historic Strand district. Learn about the exciting world of offshore drilling. The Texas Seaport Museum is nearby as well, home of the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, an incredible, beautiful, seaworthy ship.

Right in the middle of downtown is the Galveston Railroad Museum. This is a great family-friendly attraction that will keep you engaged while learning a little about the train systems that are so important to Galveston and its history.

These are just some of the amazing attractions to consider in the Galveston downtown area. Cruise around a little bit and you’ll be sure to find something else that interests you.

Shops

You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store when you go into some of the downtown shops… especially the candy stores. There are so many great fudges, toffees, taffies, gummies, and hard candies to try from several different locations to satisfy that sweet tooth.

If you need a souvenir t-shirt, we’ve got you covered (literally). There are plenty of stores with unique, Galveston-esque style. If you want a special token to remind you of your special trip, there are several jewelry stores with gorgeous pieces.

Basically if you can think of it, there’s probably a store in this small area for it, and more importantly, the things you can’t even imagine you’ll find too.

Restaurants

Downtown Galveston Seafood
All over the island you’ll find incredible restaurants, but even in just the downtown area there are so many great eateries to choose from. Mosquito Cafe, Black Pearl Oyster Bar, Yaga’s Cafe, Stuttgarden Tavern, just to name a few. Do you want seafood, Tex-Mex, American? Well, we have it. The difficult part is picking a place to eat!

Bars are temporarily closed throughout Texas. They might be high-risk locations during this time, but in the future when things get closer to “normal” and how things used to be, they are another thing to enjoy on the island. Scout out locations to come back to!

Things To Do In Porretto

Things To Do In Porretto

After the chill of this particular winter season, including the Texas Freeze in February, it’s a great time to thaw out and enjoy Galveston’s sunshine this Spring Break. Here is a bucket list of “must-dos” in Galveston during your Spring Break vacation. 

1. Take a ride on the Galaxy Ferris Wheel at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The Pleasure Pier offers a total of 16 rides, a midway, and tons of food options. You’ll love the view from this 100-foot tall Galaxy Ferris Wheel. And, if you’re there in the evening, the LED light show on the ride adds to the fun. The picture is definitely Instagram worthy. And, for the adventurous, take a ride on the Cyclone. It’s a 60-foot tall looping coaster that travels 25 mph. 

2. Enjoy a Bonfire at the Beach. As a guest of Ryson Vacation Rentals, you have access to Gulf Coast Concierge. So, yes, you can enjoy a bonfire at the beach without all the work. Book a 3-hour bonfire package and Gulf Coast Concierge provides tiki torches, chairs, cornhole and speakers for your music plus s’mores. You’ll remember this for years to come. 

3. Go for a Harbor Cruise. The great thing about taking a harbor cruise in Galveston is you’re likely to see a dolphin. And, Galveston is home to several tour options. On the west end of the island, Suntastic Adventures operates out of West End Marina in Sea Isle and, in town, you’ll find Galveston Harbor Tours, Galveston Water Adventures and Baywatch Dolphin Tours at Pier 21. Make sure you have cell phones ready for dolphin sightings.  

4. Beachcombing at the beach. Set your alarm to wake up early for beachcombing on the beach. Check the times for low tide and head out beforehand to take full advantage of peak beachcombing. Tip: A full moon yields the lowest tides each month. Bring a mesh waterproof bag for your finds. If you want to preserve your shells, soak them in a water-bleach mixture. Check our beach and surf cam for ideas.

5. Learn a new water sport. Have you ever tried standup paddleboarding? How about surfing? Here’s a local tip: Standup paddleboarding is much easier on the bay side versus the beach side in Galveston if its windy. There’s several companies that offer rentals with delivery as well as a quick tutorial. Check with Gulf Coast Concierge for details.  

Make the most of these travel tips and enjoy your next getaway in Galveston. Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 200 properties across the island that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston during spring break. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to help.

Galveston’s Top Food Trucks

Galveston’s Top Food Trucks

There is a new food truck park in Galveston! Located in the gorgeous Sea Isle neighborhood of Galveston Island, this park opened this summer and features some great food and a lovely outdoor sitting area. The park is right off the major road (Termini San Luis Pass Rd) on the West End of Galveston Island, and it’s just across the street and within eyeshot of the beach.

Galveston Food Truck Park in Sea Isle

What is a Food Truck Park?

If you’re unfamiliar with food truck parks, they’re a place for mobile restaurants to park and serve their unique and delicious meals, appetizers, desserts, or whatever else they may create. These are great spots to try all kinds of different foods that might be less common in traditional restaurants. From seafood to Cajun food to burgers, there is a lot of variety in meals on the menu at the Galveston Food Truck Park. When you visit for the first time be sure to grab a menu for your future visits.

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This park offers a great opportunity for outdoor dining as well as fantastic meals for walking around or strolling along the beach. The park’s hours vary day to day. They are scheduled to be open 8 a.m. Wednesday – Sunday and close up at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Check their Facebook page when you’re curious if they’re open. Also, that’s a good place to visit to see where some of the trucks might be headed! That’s another huge appeal of food trucks, they can be on the move and enjoyed almost anywhere. Keep your eyes peeled since you might catch one somewhere else on Galveston Island at some point.

Pet-Friendly

Don’t forget to bring your pup! This is another spot to add to your list of pet-friendly activities in Galveston to visit during your stay on the island. There is a lot of open space here for you and your dogs to enjoy the views, amazing smells, and beach breeze.

Things to Do in Galveston

Things to Do in Galveston

Our goal at Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is to make your Galveston vacation or work-cation relaxing, fun, and easy to plan. Our concierge service, Gulf Coast Concierge, can assist with grocery delivery, beach gear, fresh flowers, and plans for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, wedding proposals, and romantic getaways.

We know that travel is all about experiences, and Galveston offers plenty of things to do. 

Outdoor Recreation in Galveston

You’re on an island, so you might as well go sailing, fishing, or boating during your stay in Galveston. Ryson’s concierge service can help with tickets for a public harbor excursion or charter a sailboat and sail on your own or with a captain. Or if you need a bit more room, we can assist with a half-day or full-day pontoon rental or book it for the weekend. There’s nothing better than doing a little boating in Galveston

For those who want to get a little exercise, we can help with surfboard, paddleboard, and kayak Galveston equipment rentals. We can deliver equipment directly to your vacation rental. We can also assist with beach cruisers or join in an electric bike tour. Let us know what you have in mind, and it’s our pleasure to help.

Family-Friendly Attractions

When you choose to book your vacation rental through Ryson, we can offer your free Galveston attraction tickets to Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark, the Galveston Fishing Pier, and Escape the Island. This is just one of the benefits of booking your Galveston vacation with Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. 

We’d also recommend you venture to Moody Gardens. Moody Gardens is a family entertainment complex featuring an Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. You and your family can easily spend a day at Moody Gardens. 

If you’re driving down Galveston’s Seawall, it’s hard to miss the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The Pleasure Pier offers sixteen rides, a midway, and dining. Make sure to take a ride on the Galaxy Wheel. It provides a spectacular view. 

Arts and Culture in Galveston

If you’re more of a history buff and love historical architecture, we suggest you venture to Bishop’s Palace, Moody Mansion, and The Bryan Museum. Bishop’s Palace and Moody Mansion once housed Galveston’s elite, and you’ll be awed by the beautiful architecture and detail. Both feature family furnishings. 

The Bryan Museum is home to the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork related to the Southwestern United States. You’ll love the display of saddles, pistols, and art.  

And, make sure to check the season calendar for The Grand 1894 Opera House. No seat is further than 70 feet from the stage. The acoustics in this historic theater is incredible. Note: The Grand is currently “waiting in the wings” until they can resume shows. 

Make the most of these suggestions on things to do in Galveston. Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 200 properties across the island to suit any taste and budget. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to help.

Porretto 2021 To Do List For Spring Break

Porretto 2021 To Do List For Spring Break

Spring break is an amazing time. Here at Porretto Beach we know that while on break you want to have the best experience possible. That’s why we made sure this year is full of great surprises.

1. Take a ride on the Galaxy Ferris Wheel at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The Pleasure Pier offers a total of 16 rides, a midway, and tons of food options. You’ll love the view from this 100-foot tall Galaxy Ferris Wheel. And, if you’re there in the evening, the LED light show on the ride adds to the fun. The picture is definitely Instagram worthy. And, for the adventurous, take a ride on the Cyclone. It’s a 60-foot tall looping coaster that travels 25 mph. 

 

2. Enjoy a Bonfire at the Beach. As a guest of Ryson Vacation Rentals, you have access to Gulf Coast Concierge. So, yes, you can enjoy a bonfire at the beach without all the work. Book a 3-hour bonfire package and Gulf Coast Concierge provides tiki torches, chairs, cornhole and speakers for your music plus s’mores. You’ll remember this for years to come. 

 

3. Go for a Harbor Cruise. The great thing about taking a harbor cruise in Galveston is you’re likely to see a dolphin. And, Galveston is home to several tour options. On the west end of the island, Suntastic Adventures operates out of West End Marina in Sea Isle and, in town, you’ll find Galveston Harbor Tours, Galveston Water Adventures and Baywatch Dolphin Tours at Pier 21. Make sure you have cell phones ready for dolphin sightings.  

 

4. Beachcombing at the beach. Set your alarm to wake up early for beachcombing on the beach. Check the times for low tide and head out beforehand to take full advantage of peak beachcombing. Tip: A full moon yields the lowest tides each month. Bring a mesh waterproof bag for your finds. If you want to preserve your shells, soak them in a water-bleach mixture. Check our beach and surf cam for ideas.

 

5. Learn a new water sport. Have you ever tried standup paddleboarding? How about surfing? Here’s a local tip: Standup paddleboarding is much easier on the bay side versus the beach side in Galveston if its windy. There’s several companies that offer rentals with delivery as well as a quick tutorial. Check with Gulf Coast Concierge for details.