You’ve just woke up in your beautiful Galveston Beach Vacation Rental to look out the window and you see rain instead of the sunshine your weather reporter promised! Not to worry, Galveston Island has lots to do on a rainy day. Your vacation isn’t totally a bust! Check these ten amazing things you can do to have tons of fun no matter what sort of day it is.
Moody Mansion and Galveston Children’s Museum– Added to the national register of historic places, this home was purchased by American Financier and Cotton Entrepreneur William Lewis Moody Jr. The house remained home for Moody family members until 1986. Today, its rooms are filled with the furnishings and personal effects of the family. In addition there is a children’s museum located on site to allow children 18 months to 12 to enjoy programs, and exhibits that are fun entertaining and interactive.
Pier 21 Theater– History comes alive at Pier 21 Theater, which is around the corner from Harbor House Hotel & Marina. Three short films play on a daily basis.
Rosenberg Library- Opening in 1904, the gem has holdings in the museum department to include historical artifacts pertaining to Galveston or early Texas, paintings of Galveston subjects or by such local artists as Julius Stockfleth and Boyer Gonzalez, and a sizable collection of Russian and Greek icons. The Fox Rare Book Room contains incunabula, first editions, and examples of fine printing. IN addition she hosts book clubs,sometimes over a sack lunch period and has free Wi-Fi a children’s section and lots of literature to explore.
1892 Bishop’s Palace– The Bishops Palace was the historic home of Colonel Walter Gresham and his family built in 1887-1892. The home is recognized in the National Registry of Historic places. Architectural historians list the Bishop’s Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country. Constructed of steel and stone (it survived the Great Storm of 1900 virtually unscathed), the Bishop’s Palace soars three stories over a raised basement level, with steep roofs and long sculptural chimneys.
Island ETC Theater- Island ETC is Galveston County’s only professional repertory theatre company and stages 5 to 6 productions a year.
Enjoy a Spa day- Lulu’s Salon and Day Spa has something for all- Facials, Body Treatments including Salt Glow, Island Bronze or Vegetable Mud treatments, massage therapy techniques to relieve your body of stress toxins and a host of other typical spa treatments. You won’t be disappointed by the pampering you will receive.
Texas Seaport Museum– The Texas Seaport museum houses the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa. Discover the lives of pirates as you embarque on a journey at Pirate Camp. Walk her decks and imagine life on the open seas. Discover the true story of her rescue from the scrapyard and restoration in the adjacent museum theater. In addition our museum shares the legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration through the Port of Galveston. Search your genealogy with the state of the art computer database of 133,000 names of immigrants that entered the shores through “the Ellis Island of the West!”
Pirates Legend of the Gulf Coast- Long ago Pirates sailed the seas of Atlantic, Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico. One particular pirate Jean Lafitte discovered our magical Island and made it home for some time. It’s said that the remains of the foundation of his home remain today. Located at 1417 Harborside, Galveston, Texas is the site of Jean Lafitte’s Maison Rouge. Jean Lafitte of New Orleans fame is perhaps the most famous pirate to have ever called Galveston home.
Galveston Tree Sculptures– History and art were combined after the trees in Galveston suffered damages form the salt water of storm surge from Hurricane Ike. Rather than destroy the trees the city and citizens rallied together to breathe new life into the trees. Whimsical characters were created including a tribute to King Vidor, at his childhood home is the sculpture of the Tinman and Toto. You drive the maze of the map to see all of the artists work and be amazed at the detail.
The Grand 1894 Opera House- “The Official Opera House of Texas“ withstood mother nature’s wrath from the great 1900 storm, the storm of 1915 and Hurricanes Carla, Alicia & Ike. The Opera house holds special memories for all Galvestonian and Texans. The opera house remains in use today hosting many tours and shows. She holds something for everyone to enjoy, you won’t want to miss out on this beauty.