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THINGS TO DO

by Jamesr3939 Online Now Feb 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Our airlines just changed our flights out of HOU upon returning from our cruise next month. We now don't leave HOU until 7:00 PM, which leaves us with a lot of time to kill after being kicked off the ship.

We will have a couple of days pre-cruise to explore some of Galveston mostly on the Strand side where we have a hotel.

I was wondering if there is some stuff to do on the port side we could walk or taxi to or should we rent a car and go to Houston for something to do? Any suggestions welcomed.

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    by mccalpin Online Now Feb 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Well, I am a little puzzled. How were you planning on getting from Galveston to Hobby Airport, if not by rent car?

    Well, assuming that you pick up a rent car upon your return to Galveston, there are a number of things to do other than walk around the Strand. In no order:
    1. Sea Wolf Park - there is a destroyer escort and a submarine here. We have great fun visiting both. Note that in a recent storm, that the destroyer escort was floated out of its cradle and set down askew, and when they lifted it up to reset it, they descovered another boat underneath it...oops...hopefully, it's in better shape now.

    2. Lone Star Flight Museum - a flight museum at a local airport that has some pretty cool stuff to look at. When I was there, the "best" planes were gone on a trip, but even so, they had a special exhibit on the Tokyo Raid. They had photos of each crew, including the crew that had one of my father's cousins, Sgt. Billy "Jack" Dieter. Priceless.

    3. NASA - on the way back to Houston, NASA is not far off the highway (I-45). The facility tour is now really for kids, but you do get to see the original control rooms as well as a Saturn rocket laid on its side in its own building.

    4. San Jacinto and the battleship Texas - on the way to Hobby Airport, you can deter to San Jacinto. The battlefield isn't much to write home about (unless you're a Texan), but the battleship Texas is there, and it is a treasure. It is a WWI-style battleship that saw service in both the Atlantic and Pacific in WWII - yes, it shelled the Nazis on D-Day at Normandy. The battleship was renovated serveral years ago, and it well worth the look.

    As the Official Spousal Unit notes, the only battleships in the entire world are the retired battleships of the US Navy (all the others have been scrapped), and there aren't too many of those...so see them when you can!

    Does that help?

    Bill

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    by MacedonianUK Online Now Feb 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I second NASA and San Jancito, i specialy liked the second, and you can not miss it as the obelisc with the lonsome star on the top can be seen from the motorway!!
    Is not all on the way to HOU,but also Moody Gardens and walk around the old part of Galveston where deep South architecture meets Texas! Lovely grand old houses...
    I found Galveston very interesting and fun... Miryard of good restaurans downtown.

    www.galveston.com for more info..

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    by bocmaxima Online Now Feb 13, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    If I had a couple of hours to kill in Galveston, I think the Moody Gardens aquarium is the first place I'd go. For an aquarium of its caliber, the admission is very reasonable and it tends to not be as crowded if you time it right. Unfortunately, the trolley doesn't go that far down the beach, so you'd have to take a taxi.

    It'll take you at least 45 minutes to drive to NASA. San Jacinto Monument will take closer to an hour.

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    by mccalpin Online Now Feb 13, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    "It'll take you at least 45 minutes to drive to NASA. San Jacinto Monument will take closer to an hour."

    True...except that both are on the way to Houston Hobby Airport. NASA is right off I-45. Well, in the case of the San Jacinto Battlefield, you would have to drive by Hobby, get on Loop 8, then get off the highway and zig-zag a bit to get there...still, if you have all day, easy to do..

    I would still like to know how the OP plans on getting from Galveston to Hobby. Is the cruise providing a bus?

    Oh, one other thing for the OP, "I was wondering if there is some stuff to do on the port side..." You know that the cruise docks are quite close to the Strand, right? The Strand is on the back side of the island, and so are the docks. That's why we're not telling you about things that are close to the dock - we assume that you've already seen all that stuff (like the Elissa).

    Bill

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    by Jamesr3939 Online Now Feb 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Sorry, I misspoke, we will be over on the Sea Wall side before we leave. My transport back to HOU depends on what we decide to do. If we stay in Galveston then I will probably have a limo pick us up late afternoon and go directly to the airport.

    If we decide to head toward Houston then I will probably rent a car. However, that could be problematic since all the rental car places I have checked either aren't open on Sunday and/or don't have a phycial office on Galveston only use hotel locattions. I assume I can arrange to pick one up there as the Tremont seems the closest Hertz location to the cruise port.

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    by mccalpin Online Now Feb 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Well, Sunday does seem to be a big fat problem. There are several Hertz offices at hotels, some closer to you than the Treemont (like the Galvez and the San Luis, both on Seawall Blvd)...but all these offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday. And while you can drop off a car at a closed office, I don't know if you can pick a car up at a closed office. Sounds like a phone call to Hertz is needed.

    Well, if your flight is really out of Houston Hobby (HOU), then it looks like you may need to have that limo pick you up at the dock and take you straight to the car rental place at Hobby, then take the car around places nearer Houston. The San Jacinto Battlefield and the Battleship Texas are indeed not all that far from Hobby (in Texas terms, of course) - maybe 20 miles. Or you could scoot back down I-45 to NASA, or drive to locations in Houston, like the Museum District next to Hermann Park. There's plenty to do in Houston, it just depends on what you're interested in...

    Bill

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    by msbrandysue Online Now Feb 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    It will be very pricey to have a limo take you from Hobby Airport to a hotel in Galveston... Rental car would give you more freedom. Your hotel should be able to accomodate you as well, where you could leave it with them and they'd return it for you. I mean, if you're considering a limo for an hour's drive then I would assume you're staying at San Luis Resort or the Galvez. They are very accomoidating.

    If you have that much time I would suggest a car so that you can explore a lot of the area. Houston isn't big on buses, and you may not like the bus stations if you are usually a traveler who travels in style (limos, etc).

    I highly suggest the Strand for shopping and taking a dolphin watching tour right there by the cruise ship. It's exciting and the dolphins appear almost on every tour.

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    by Jamesr3939 Online Now Feb 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Thanks, the car/driver was100 which was pare with one way rental. Plus I don't have to drive and figure out where I am going and will probably have had a few cocktails on the way.

    The Strand and dolphin watching sounds interesting after the cruise. How about some suggestions on what to do and who to use for the trip.

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