Local Expert Offers Tips for Social Distancing in Galveston during Holidays
Congratulations, you are planning to spend time in Galveston during the holidays. One of the things you’ll love best about renting a beach house or condominium on the island is you have access to a beach. While we continue to maintain a safe social distance, Galveston’s beaches, especially on the west end and far east end of the island, provide space to spread out. Plus, you can just step out on your deck or balcony and enjoy the view and the fresh Gulf breezes.
During this holiday season, you’lll find several holiday activities to keep you and your family entertained while you enjoy some island downtime.
As mentioned, the beach and all associated beach activities and watersports are a great option for social distancing on the island. Go for a walk on the beach, build a holiday-themed sandcastle, make sand angels (versus snow angels), go fishing, kayaking, or go for a boat ride. Remember, Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals partners exclusively with Gulf Coast Concierge to help with all your needs. We think a campfire on the beach should top your list.
First on the list of attractions is Moody Gardens’ Festival of Lights, One Hope Blvd. Festival of Lights is a long-time holiday tradition. Wander through a mile-long display of holiday lights and enjoy the holiday music. This family entertainment complex should be on your itinerary during every visit to Galveston. There’s always something new to enjoy. Masks are required.
Next, add Moody Mansion & Museum, 2618 Broadway, to your holiday activities. It is always a treat during the holidays. This year, they are reviving their “Christmas through the ages” decorations. Each of their six Christmas trees represent a different era with authentic holiday decorations from that time. Moody Mansion offers a self-guided audio tour and requires masks.
If you love cowboys, The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street, is currently featuring a “Saddle-up Cowboy” exhibit through Dec. 6. In addition to the saddle collection that’s typically on display, you’ll see others that are part of their private collection. Plus, if you’re in town on Saturday, Dec.13 at 4 p.m., The Bryan Museum is hosting “Holiday Lights: A Lone Star Christmas Concert.” The museum is limiting capacity and is beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Did you know the Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, is considered one of the best examples of Victorian architecture in the country. This Galveston landmark is hosting Holiday Tours of the Palace in December in the evenings. Tour capacity is limited. Book your tour in advance.
For those who want to put their artistic talents to work and leave Galveston with their craft or piece of art, check out Clay Cup Studios, 2219 Postoffice. They offer crafts to go or your family can work on a project in the studio. There’s plenty of space to spread out and a variety of ideas to keep you busy including glass fusion, pottery painting, art’tini (paint your own wine glass), canvas painting, and more. Walk-ins are always welcome.
And, make sure you do some holiday shopping downtown in the Historic Strand District and Postoffice Street District. Downtown Galveston is filled with locally owned shops and boutiques. Tip: La King’s Confectionery only offers their ribbon candy during the holiday season. Plus, Downtown Galveston is decorated for the holidays and offers plenty of spots for that Instagram-worthy family photo.
Make the most of these holiday 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 in the fall. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge is available to assist.
Author: Christine Hopkins
Christine is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for ToursByLocals.com.