I recently took a cruise out of Galveston TX and experienced the great Glen Campbell song Galveston(minus the dark eyed girl). However, I felt the “sea wind blowing” and saw the “sea waves crashin”.Galveston is one of the cruise ports in America and like many of them, worth spending your time there before or after your cruise. This town of only 4,000 people swells to 50,000 in a summer weekend as people escape the heat & humility of Houston. But before it was a summer getaway, Galveston was by some, was the original “Sin City”. It had everything Las Vegas in known for plus the Gulf of Mexico. From 1890 to about 1915, it was a wild & crazy town.
The Bishops Palace – This Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892. You can view rooms in this 28,000 square-foot home. You see the home life of a powerful Texas family including fireplaces from around the world. One is lined with pure silver.
The Moody Mansion – The Moodys established one of the great American financial empires. Based on cotton, it grew to include banking, ranching, insurance and hotels. The home was bought in 1900 and the Moody family lived in the house till 1986. Today it is maintained by the moody Foundation and is filled with the furnishings & personal effects of the family.
Galveston, TX like many Cruise Ports is more than just a dock for cruise ships. Along with New York City & New Orleans, enjoy the food, music & culture of your port city.
Join Patrick Barney as he explores his love of travel & food around the world & in his home town of Las Vegas.