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Treasures from the Gulf to the Historic Strand!

Antique lovers, art aficionados and shoppers of all kinds will discover beautiful and interesting objects on display at Galveston Islandís myriad of shops. From the quaint shops of the Historic Downtown Strand District to the thoroughly modern retailers on Seawall Boulevard, shoppers will delight in the offerings ranging from fine to fun souvenirs. Twisitor Center

The Charming Victorian-era buildings of the Historic Downtown District beckon shoppers with their ornate iron balconies and whimsical painted signs. The gorgeous buildings, which date back to the late 1800s, are stunning examples of Victorian architecture. Fortunately, many of these buildings survived the 1900 Storm - and Hurricane Ike of 2008 - without significant damage.

Galveston Native George Mitchell led the extensive renovation of the area in the 1980s, and today The Strand is a picturesque shopping destination, as well as the home to the popular Mardi Gras! Galveston and Dickens on the Strand celebrations. The district is one of the largest and most well-preserved concentrations of Victorian iron-front commercial architecture in the country. Postoffice Street, an important area of the Historical Downtown District, was restored in the 90s and has created a revitalized arts, entertainment and residential district including more than 25 historical buildings. Besides the growing number of residential lofts, the area includes Gallery Row with galleries of sculpture, photography and fine arts. The street is a must for shopping, unrivaled for the number of quality of Antique and Collectible stores. Many boutiques and services complete with the wide offerings available to shoppers. The 36-block district offers more than 100 unique shops, restaurants and art galleries. The variety of merchandise to be found includes antiques, home décor, gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, books, and clothing for the whole family.

Galveston Events Celebrate Beaches, History, Cuisine
Millions of visitors flock to Galvestonís 32 miles of beaches every summer, but thereís more to celebrate about this island than its sparkling Gulf waters.

The Allure of Galveston's Historic Downtown
No trip to Galveston Island is complete without visiting Galveston's historic downtown, featuring The Strand, The Postoffice Street Arts & Entertainment District, and the bustling waterfront Seaport.

Cruise Etiquette 101
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Adult Skip Day
The idea came to me much the same as all of my great ideas do: in the shower. It was the Monday following our daughterís senior prom the weekend before and I couldnít help but notice that the house was much more quiet than normal.

The Seawall is many things to Galveston Island. The over 10-mile-long, 17-foot-tall wall protects the Island from intense storms, yet it also serves the island as an art space, supporting the world’s longest mural, the SEE-Wall, visible from the beach. Many shops along Seawall Boulevard cater to beachgoers, stocking plenty of swimsuits, surf gear, sunglasses and sunscreen. However, there are also souvenir shops, boutiques, casual clothing stores plus bike and skate rental shops.

And finally... Every shopper knows that the amount of shopping one does is directly proportional to the amount of spa services needed. Even those who haven’t spent the day shopping can benefit from a relaxing massage or skin treatment. And don’t forget to book a spa manicure or pedicure. Go ahead; treat yourself to a day of luxury. From grand hotel spas to specialized spas within salons, a multitude of soothing services awaits.

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