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Afternoon in Galveston

Hi - we are coming to Galveston after a week in San Antonio, wedding in Houston, New Orleans, then a few days in Louisiana.

We intend to -

drive from Crowley to Galveston, taking the Port Bolivar Ferry over to the island.

Lunch at The Spot on the Seawall.

Or Original Mexican Café,

Enjoy the seaside / seawall.

Then head to Webster for the night so we can get early to NASA before our flight home the following evening.

Does this seem ok, do I need to worry about the ferry? Some reviewers comment they have waited for hours, and I am concerned if everyone is on it for a free ride over, there won't be room for us to embark from our side?

Is there anything we shouldn't miss in Galveston instead of enjoying the seawall?

Cheers for any help, looking forward to getting to the US again in a couple of days time!

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1. Re: Afternoon in Galveston

The ferry wait times depend on what time of day you are crossing. I've always found that mid-to late-afternoons are the busiest.

There is alot to see/do in Galveston that would probably interest you. The seawall is a nice view, beaches, dining and souvenier shopping. But there is also alot to do inland, like historical homes/building, viewing a submarine and destroyer escort (which you'll see from the ferry if you look), Schlitterbahn waterpark, etc. Visit www.galveston.com for lots of things to do.

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2. Re: Afternoon in Galveston

My 2 cents:

Morning to mid morning weekday ferry rides shouldn't be that long of a wait. We have kids so we are guilty of taking them across for the ride and back, and in the afternoons, the wait can be longer - and it's hot. They have two ferries running at all times I think.

The Spot is a great little place. And it has an adjoining Bar that is cool. It's on the seawall, with great views, so that kills two birds with one stone. For shops, there is really only one you must visit and that is Murdock's, out over the water - it is right off Seawall. It's been knocked down a few times in storms and always gets rebuilt...this latest version is really nice with a breezeway full of rockers to sit and enjoy a cold beverage. That will suffice as a "seawall experience".

For inland stuff, I would probably do the Tall ship Elyssa and the Museum, it doesn't take long...and IF you have time and want a boat experience, check out Baywatch Dolphin tours. Pretty cute little boat ride in the bay and we have always seen pods of dolphins.

Not far from the pier side (Elyssa and Dolphin Tour) is The Strand. Probably my fav little shop to hit is La Kings "old time" Confectionery. There is a Yaga shop not far from that, and that's more then enough Strand to squeeze into your day.

For old architecture, Bishop's Palace and Moody Mansion.

Unless you are a war buff, skip the battleship and sub - unless you go early in the morning it's hot as hell in those things.

You will not have time for all of this. Just figure out what you'll like the most and go from there.

If you have kids remotely into space and/or science, NASA is way fun. As an adult, I found it less geared toward me, but still a cool experience, especially the tram rides to see the rockets and buildings, but lines can get long. If you are flying out of Hobby that's good since it is south of downtown, like NASA, but if you're Bush, that will add more time to get to the airport.

Good luck!

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