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Your Galveston Tips -- For a Cruise Critic Article

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Good morning, Cruisers!

A writer for Cruise Critic, Tim Johnson, is doing a story for us on Cruise Critic Member tips for cruising out of Galveston. He's been through all the wonderful threads and has gleaned great ideas there. But he'd also like a little more information about your favorite things to do in Galveston.

He's looking for things like:

  • Your favorite things to do in port as a family;
  • Your favorite hidden gems in Galveston;
  • Beaches you love, and whey you ❤️them; 
  • Restaurants you visit every time you sail;
  • Great hotels that offer great incentives for cruisers;
  • Anything else that makes you love Galveston.

Give us the details about what makes these things so great, and he might incorporate your thoughts into his story -- with credit to you, of course. 

Thanks for your thoughts.

Colleen

Edited by Editor Colleen

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We like to eat at Shrimp N Stuff.  It is a very unpretentious restaurant that serves yummy seafood.  

 

The Bishop's Palace is a historical mansion that was very interesting to tour.  The various types of woods used in the construction and decoration are quite impressive.

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Thanks so much for your input, o-state girl. Quick question—do you have a favorite dish that you order at Shrimp N Stuff? And did someone recommend the restaurant to you, or did you find it on your own?

2 hours ago, o-state girl said:

We like to eat at Shrimp N Stuff.  It is a very unpretentious restaurant that serves yummy seafood.  

 

The Bishop's Palace is a historical mansion that was very interesting to tour.  The various types of woods used in the construction and decoration are quite impressive.

 

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I usually split the seafood platter with a friend and sometimes add a bowl of gumbo.  The first time I went was because of a Restaurant.com discount certificate, but now its my go-to place.  When new cruisers come to Galveston with me, I bring them here and they have all been happy with my choice.  

Seafood Platter*    /    $17.99
* (4) Fried Shrimp, (3) Oyster, (2) Crab Ball, (1) Tilapia
Dinner served with any two sides below: Fries, Hushpuppies, cole slaw, spicy boiled potatoes, or bean relish, Substitute dinner salad for 99¢.

 

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We live in a suburb north of Houston & love visiting & cruising from Galveston.  Our favorite “secret gem” would be the Boliver Ferry.  You can skip the car line & park your car and walk into the ferry for a round trip.  If you take break or crackers you can feed the seagulls from the back of the ferry.  It is quite an adventure.  You can also stand at the front of the ferry and more often than not have dolphins swimming & jumping up around playing very close by.  We’ve even seen dinner plate size jelly fish a few times.  It’s a fun experIence & completely free.

We always stay at the Four Points by Sheraton.  The price is lower than most, fresh off a remodel, has a pool, and is directly on the sea wall overlooking the beach.  It is at a light with a protected crosswalk too.  They have a cruise shuttle and let you park your car for free if you are staying before or after the cruise.  It is next to Chic-fil-a & Wendy’s if you want a quick bite & across from Murdoch’s gift store where you can grab a rocker on their back deck & watch the ocean while drinking a margarita or pina colada.  It’s also a short walk to Paradise Pier.

Our favorite store in the Strand area is the Nautical Salvage store.  This shop has something for everyone and is a great place to spend time searching for that unique ship related item, flag, or decor item.  
And you can never go wrong by stopping in at La Kings on The Strand.  Old fashioned ice cream sundaes & candies in a historic building.  What’s not to enjoy?

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Muffulettas at maceos downtown; walkable from the strand but off the beaten path, lunch only; 

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