If you’re traveling to the Galveston port to hop on a cruise anytime soon, leave yourself a few extra hours or days and make Galveston your first port of call. It’s packed with entertainment, history, and great experiences.

Check Your Bags and Hit the Streets

Take the Houston to Galveston shuttle bus from the airport when you fly in and head straight to the dock. After checking in your luggage, walk around Harborside Drive, Market Street, and other historic areas just a few blocks from the docks. Here’s just a few within easy walking distance:

  • Pier 21. Part of the district known as “The Strand,” Pier 21 offers dining, museums, and other attractions just minutes away from the cruise terminals.
  • The Galveston Railroad Museum. If you happen to be there Saturday, you can catch a train ride. Just watch the schedule so you don’t miss the boat.
  • The Grand 1894 Opera House. This historic theater has survived some major storms and hurricanes, and hosts concerts, plays, and musicals.

Consider Staying in Galveston

Ease your concerns about delayed flights and plan to arrive a day (or two) early in Galveston. This plan would open up the possibilities for taking in nightlife and staying in one of Galveston’s fabulous hotels or bed and breakfasts. Surfing, taking in the Moody Gardens Aquarium, and listening to live music at area venues are just some of the possibilities. You can also see area attractions like the Bishop’s Palace in the East End Historic District, the Tall Ship ELISSA in the harbor, and Hendley Green, a public park in the Strand-Mechanic Historic District.

Give yourself a little extra time to decompress and enjoy yourself after getting off the interstate or out of the airport. You’ll be in a better frame of mind when you start those muster drills on the cruise ship.