12 Tips for Your Memorial Weekend in Galveston
As you know, Memorial Weekend is one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year, especially in a coastal city. To make your trip a little easier here are some quick tips.
- Make your room reservation early. Yes, Galveston hotels will book up. Hotel Galvez, The Tremont House and Harbor House require a two- or three-night stay but it’s worth it. The longer your stay; the better the rate. You don’t want to be searching for a room on Saturday when you could start your long weekend on Friday.
- Make your dinner reservations in advance. Like the hotels, Galveston’s restaurants will be bustling so make your dinner reservations on Tuesday or Wednesday before you arrive. Most locally owned restaurants, like Luigi’s, Rudy and Paco’s, and Olympia at Pier 21 will accept reservations.
- Book your spa appointment on the Tuesday or Wednesday before Memorial Weekend. The Spa at Hotel Galvez books up early and you don’t want to miss your opportunity for some pampering.
- Plan to go to the Galvez pool in the morning or late in the evening. There’s plenty to keep you entertained during the heat of the day which is the busiest time for pool goers. You should consider reserving a cabana if you plan to spend most of the day at the pool.
- Take advantage of the hotel shuttle to get to the beachfront, downtown or Pier 21. Rather than trying to find a place to park, ask the front desk for the schedule for the hotel shuttle. There is a courtesy shuttle that runs between Hotel Galvez, The Tremont House, and Harbor House during the weekend.
- Buy your Schlitterbahn tickets online. You can skip the long ticket lines at Schlitterbahn and buy your tickets in advance. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.
- Purchase your attraction tickets on the newly launched Galveston Island Pass and you could save 40 percent off tickets. Current participants include Artist Boat Kayak Tours, Lone Star Flight, Museum, Haunted Mayfield Manor, Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid, Moody Mansion, Ocean Star Offshore Rig Museum and The Grand 1894 Opera House.
- Ask the Hotel Galvez Concierge Jackie or Lobby Ambassador Bobby for a guided tour. You also can take a self-guided tour of the hotel’s Hall of History, which is located in the lower level of the hotel.
- Enjoy a drink at The Rooftop Bar during the dinner hour. The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House will be open on Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. This is Galveston’s only rooftop venue. The bar is the most crowded from 4 to 6 p.m. and after dinner from 8 to 11 p.m. so schedule an early or late dinner and you can avoid the busiest times of the evening. Like The Rooftop Bar on Facebook for possible news on extended holiday hours.
- Cool off with some ice cream or other sweets. You can choose from Nestle Toll House Café, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or La King’s Confectionary for ice cream while you browse the shops downtown.
- Monitor the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on Facebook for updates on the status of its opening. Initially, we heard that it was opening Memorial Weekend so this could be an amazing addition to your itinerary. This new amusement park at 25th and Seawall will offer 16 rides, midway games and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant. The Pleasure Pier is just four blocks from Hotel Galvez and a five-minute drive from The Tremont House and Harbor House but remember you don’t need to drive if you catch the hotel courtesy shuttle.
- Lastly, don’t forget your sunscreen, take off your watch, turn off your cell phone and enjoy your Memorial Weekend vacation.