American Undersea Warfare Center in Galveston, TX

Side view of the USS Stewart. The Stewart is an Edsall class destroyer at the American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park in Galveston, TX.

The American Undersea Warfare Center located at Seawolf Park in Galveston, Texas is an amazing experience. Containing both a World War 2 destroyer and a submarine, this park lets kids and adults alike experience history. You can climb through almost every part of both ships with excellent informational displays. While you do need to be reasonably physically fit to enjoy the experience, we went with our kids before our June 2017 cruise. We very much look forward to the chance to go back. Continue reading “American Undersea Warfare Center in Galveston, TX”

La King’s Confectionary in Galveston

La King’s Confectionary in Galveston, Texas. Go hear to know exactly what it feels like to be a kid in a candy store.

You have heard the expression “kid in a candy store,” but you probably don’t know– don’t really know– what that means. Old school candy stores a a dying breed, and it is hard to find a master of the craft. Happily, a few old school candy stores are still around. La King’s Confectionary in Galveston is the grand champion of the bunch. As a bonus, you are probably in Galveston on a day when it is hot outside, and delicious ice cream treats are always a good idea in that case. Continue reading “La King’s Confectionary in Galveston”

Olympia Grill Pier 21 Galveston, TX

Shrimp cocktail and a martini at Olympia at Pier 21 in Galveston, Texas.

We took a cruise earlier this year and got to Galveston a day early. I already wrote about the fantastic lunch we had that day, and by dinner the rest of our party had showed up. When we cruised in 2015 out of Galveston, our party of 6 had eaten at Olympia Grill on their Seawall location. This year, however, we were a party of 12 and wanted to eat on the harbor side nearer the cruise pier. We called and made reservations at Olympia Grill at Pier 21. They were able to accommodate our very large party, and we got great seats outside on the water. It was a fantastic way to spend our last regular meal on land. Continue reading “Olympia Grill Pier 21 Galveston, TX”

Fisherman’s Wharf Galveston, Texas

Outdoor seating at Fisherman’s Wharf in Galveston, Texas.

My family has always loved Galveston as a vacation spot. We were there before a cruise on the Navigator of the Seas in 2015 and again before a cruise on the Liberty of the Seas in 2017, and it is also a great destination in it’s own right. We wanted to get our cruise vacation off to a strong start, so we started with lunch at one of our favorite spots– Fisherman’s Wharf, which is located walking distance from the cruise piers.  It is a Landry’s outpost, and I normally try to stay clear of big chain places when I am on vacation, but they do awfully good work with seafood in a very nice setting. If the weather permits it, ask for a table outside on the pier. Continue reading “Fisherman’s Wharf Galveston, Texas”

Pre-cruise stay at the Hampton Inn Galveston, TX

The “suite” at the Hampton Inn in Galveston.

If you are cruising out of Galveston, the smart thing to do is get there the night before. You don’t have any stress of making the long drive from the Houston airports the day of the cruise, and Galveston is a great addition to your vacation in any event. Unfortunately, lots of other folks are making that same choice. That means that hotel rooms in Galveston cost a lot and frequently require two night stays. The Hampton Inn Galveston avoids this problem by offering (relatively speaking) reasonable rates, easy ability to cash in your Hilton HHonors points for a free stay, and by only requiring a one night stay. We stayed there for our cruise on the Liberty of the Seas in June 2017 and on the Navigator of the Seas in August 2015. Continue reading “Pre-cruise stay at the Hampton Inn Galveston, TX”