While you’re on the West End try some of the fun things to do like: Moody Gardens IMAX, ride the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat or grab lunch at Café Michael Burger (recently reopened.)
Since you’re on the West End, try some of the fun things to do at Moody Gardens, where you can see IMAX films, ride the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, or check out the huge aquarium and rainforest exhibits. Afterward, grab lunch at Café Michael Burger, which recently reopened. And of course, if you’re traveling with kids or teens, you won’t want to miss all the action at Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Those who enjoy exploring history and culture while on vacation will have plenty to see in Galveston, which has a fascinating nearly 200-year history as a thriving port city. The Texas Seaport Museum is a great place to start: take an expertly-narrated boat ride in Galveston Bay, then step aboard the Tall Ship Elissa, one of the world’s oldest sailing vessels. For a more land-oriented history lesson, check out the exhibits at the Rosenberg Library Museum in the East End Historic District, along with some of the historic homes available to tour there, like Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace. The East End makes for a fun and fascinating walking tour of historical homes, as well as the unique tree sculptures which are famous there.
If you prefer a livelier sort of entertainment, consider catching a show at the Grand 1894 Opera House. This fabulously-restored live performance venue offers so much more than opera, it also features a wide variety of traveling musical acts, and there’s a great slate of musical plays, as well as many aimed at children and families.
If you want to see the other side of the island, there’s plenty to do but first take Port Bolivar Ferry across and explore a whole new side to Galveston. While you’re there visit the lighthouse and all the hidden beaches. On your way back over stop by Sea Wolf Park and tour an actual Battleship and submarine. Sea Wolf Park has some great fishing piers too and provides a 360 degree sunset view.
If you have a sweet tooth and it’s not too late in the day, stop by ShyKatz for some of the best homemade cake and sweets you’ll ever sample. If candy is more your pleasure don’t forget La King’s Confectionery, a soda shop from 1920 still churning out old fashioned candies. If you’re lucky you may catch a candy making show.
After all of that you’ll want to head back to Kahala Beach for a restful night’s sleep or enjoy a midnight snack under the moon on one of the oversized decks of your beachfront getaway. You’re sure to enjoy the gentle breeze of the evening winds as you soak up the peaceful surroundings Kahala Beach provides.