100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die


Cruise Along the Seawall Like the Galveston Locals Do

You made it to Galveston and realized you’d love to take a bike ride just like the locals do along the Seawall. But you didn’t bring your bike. You’re in luck; there are a couple of bike rental companies that can fix you up. Rent a bike at Island Bicycle Company at 1808 Seawall or Zipp E-Bikes downtown at 2311 Mechanic. Honestly, there’s nothing better than cruising down the Seawall in Galveston with the wind blowing through your hair while getting a little sun and enjoying a Gulf view. Along the way, there are these cool benches that are part of a project called Project SIT (Seawall Interpretive Trail) that have interesting tidbits of history, nature, and other fun facts related to Galveston.

Here’s a couple of suggested stops… Grab a cold Red Stripe at Murdoch’s, 2215 Seawall. It’s always breezy on their, well, breezeway. Enjoy the view of the water in one of their Adirondack chairs. You can pick up a souvenir of your trip while you’re there too. If you want to grab a bite literally on the beach, make sure to stop at Flip Flops Beach Bar & Grill, 731 Seawall, for their Gulf Coast Burger and served with freshly cooked fries. The avocado, fresh pico, and house-made Flip Flop sauce on the burger will pair perfectly with that cold and delicious Red Stripe beer after a long bike ride. Tip: There’s a beach volleyball court too.

About the Author

Christine Hopkins is co-author of “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die.” She is a BOI or “Born on the Island,” which gives her “street cred” among locals and visitors as a Galveston expert. You’ll find her riding her cruiser along the Seawall on beautiful days.

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100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die

100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die

Check Stand-up Paddleboarding Off Your Galveston Bucket List

If you’re planning a visit to Galveston Island, you have to spend some time at the beach. One of the locals’ favorite ways to enjoy the beach with some social distancing in mind is renting a stand-up paddleboard. You’ll find SUP Gulf Coast at 29th and Seawall Blvd. And they’re happy to give you a quick lesson. Mornings tend to be a bit calmer for stand-up paddleboarding in Galveston. And, even if you can’t perfect the technique, you can just sit on your board, like I do, and enjoy the tranquility of the waves while the pelicans supervise.

After a few hours of paddleboarding, make sure you walk across to Float Pool Bar at 2828 Seawall. Order the Float Original Tacos and take your pick of fish, shrimp, chicken, or beef. You’re on an island, so you might as well choose seafood. By the way, the cilantro-ranch on the tacos is fantastic. Another local favorite is their Messy Nachos. The key is to remember to top off your day at the beach with a chilled Red Stripe. The upper-level deck at Float Pool Bar in Galveston is the perfect spot to enjoy the Gulf View and savor your Red Stripe beer. Cheers to you!

About the Author

Christine Hopkins is co-author of “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die.” She is a BOI or “Born on the Island,” which gives her “street cred” among locals and visitors as a Galveston expert. You’ll find her riding her cruiser along the Seawall on beautiful days.

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