Searching for that oh so perfect photo to impress your bevy of Instagram followers is practically a part time job for many. Fortunately, Galveston is not short on exciting and quirky, photo-friendly locations. Let’s take a look at some favorites.
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Kindness Project Mural
Located at the corner of 22nd and Postoffice Street, the Kindness Mural is a 100-foot long visual, interactive community art project launched by the non-profit Kids Helping Kids organization. Artist Gabriel Prusmack lit the torch to begin the mural that continues to receive contributions from residents and island visitors and depicts various acts of kindness and goodwill. Why not pick up a paint brush after snapping your photos?
Greetings from Galveston Mural
Located in Saengerfest Park, this mural is patterned after similar works in cities all over the world, with each bold block letter spelling out “Galveston,” featuring a depiction of a place or attraction that makes the island special. It’s a perfect site for a perfect postcard-like shot.
La King’s Confectionary
Everything about this old school candy store screams “throwback.” From the treats—including the legendary salt water taffy—made with 19th century methods, to its location in one of The Strand’s coolest historical buildings, to the elegant, flowing “La King’s” lettering on the window, this place provides the backdrop to photos that make it look like you’ve stepped into a time machine.
Christened in 2016, the 15 blocks of new beach west of 61st Street along the Seawall is named in honor of former Texas Senator A.R. “Babe” Schwartz, a stalwart protector of beach access for everyone. Named one of the best restored beaches in America by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, it is already on its way to joining the ranks of favorite Galveston beaches. The big, bold “Welcome to Babe’s Beach” sign is a trendy photo site.
The Pleasure Pier
The only problem with stopping for photos at this over-the-water playground is trying to determine the best backdrop. With soaring roller coasters and whirring rides, a bustling midway and the grand entrance sign among dozens of possible choices, it’s nearly impossible to take a photo that won’t look like you’re having the time of your life.
There is so much to see and do here you’d better make sure your phone is fully charged for picture taking. The Aquarium Pyramid provides out-of-this-world views and the Rainforest Pyramid transports you to an exotic wonderland, while the Ropes Course and Zip Line provides adrenaline-fueled majesty. And we haven’t even gotten to the holiday awesomeness that is Festival of Lights!
Tall Ship ELISSA
If you can’t get a memorable photo with the legendary 1877 sailing ship as your muse, you might want to consider hanging up your camera phone. To walk the decks of the grand ship docked at the Texas Seaport Museum is to take a step back to a time when these spectacular vessels ruled the seas. Plus, you may even have one of the mammoth cruise ships in the background for a yesterday and today perspective.
East End Historic District
This 50-block area isn’t on the National Register of Historic Places for nothing. You’ll find some of the most stunning and gorgeous examples of 19th century architecture in homes ranging from tiny bungalows to massive mansions. Recent and ongoing restoration projects have helped make the area a thriving and vibrant neighborhood.
Whether it’s posing in front of The Grand 1894 Opera House, the giant trumpet statue next to Old Galveston Square or near some of the eclectic shops, strolling through downtown Galveston and The Strand is a must for any Instagram to-do list. Every block is filled with uniqueGalveston sites, plus there’s a cool place to stop and grab a bite to eat or a cold drink everywhere you turn.
If it’s a locale with a great gulf view you’re looking for, head on over to The Spot, a beach-side mainstay. Grab a chair on the massive deck, enjoy some bites and beverages and indulge in some of the island’s best people watching.