Stewart Beach#1 in Best Things To Do in Galveston
Stewart Beach is one of the most popular strips of sand in Galveston, and with its host of beachside amenities, it's no wonder. There are lifeguards, restrooms, showers, concession stands, chair and umbrella rentals – and even a playground for kids. Recent visitors appreciated this beach's large parking lot and loads of amenities, as well as the beach's proximity to Pleasure Pier.
Stewart Beach sits where Broadway Avenue and the Seawall intersect. From March through May and during September and October, parking costs $10 between Monday and Friday and $12 on the weekends. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking costs $12 between Monday and Friday and $15 on the weekends. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the beach welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. From March to May and September to October, beach bums are welcome to visit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. Keep in mind that this family-friendly beach prohibits alcohol. For more information, visit Galveston's convention and tourism website.
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#2 The Strand
The Strand is a five-block, National Historic Landmark District featuring shops, galleries, bars and restaurants housed in 19th-century buildings in downtown Galveston. As you walk along its strip, you'll get an idea of what Galveston was like back in its heyday. Look for placards highlighting the district's historical must-sees, such as the Grand 1894 Opera House, which is still an operating theater.
Visitors to The Strand remarked on the architecture of the buildings, and some of the cute shops and restaurants, not to mention the vendors that sell beer and ice cream, which you can enjoy on the sidewalks. However, some recent travelers said you had to weed through a bunch of ho-hum souvenir shops to find the real gems.
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