Written by Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Summer and early fall bring a bumper crop of tiny bundles of joy… and the chance for one more pre-baby vacation for expecting parents. With its cool breezes and picturesque views, Galveston Island is the perfect destination for a relaxing “babymoon” on the Texas coast.
Enjoy a Charming Stay on the Gulf of Mexico
Just an hour’s drive from Houston, Galveston is a world away in spirit, with 32 miles of sparkling coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. To enjoy an elegant stay with gorgeous views, book a weekend or entire week at Hotel Galvez & Spa. Here, you’ll enjoy the Texas Gulf Coast’s only historic beachfront hotel with its old-world charm, luxurious services and prime location just steps from the island’s sandy shore. For an alternative, consider a beach house on the West End or a Victorian bed and breakfast, which can be found within many of the island’s historic neighborhoods.
Take A Morning Stroll Along the Beach
Let your hair down, kick your shoes off and share a little quiet time together while watching the sunrise at the beach. Galveston boasts some of the most spectacular sunrises in Texas. And, with 32 miles of beaches, finding the perfect stretch of sand to sink your toes in is easy to do.
Head Out or Stay In For a Fabulous Brunch or Dinner
While on the island, enjoy a fabulous brunch. From weekend brunch at Farley Girls Café to the famous Sunday Brunch at Hotel Galvez, there are plenty of options to feed a growing appetite. For a more intimate treat, make your brunch in-house by picking up some fresh seafood from Katie’s Seafood Market, local produce from the Galveston farmer’s market and delicious pastries from PattyCakes Bakery. For dinner, make a reservation at the poolside Grotto at The San Luis Resort for relaxing views of the Gulf of Mexico and delicious Italian and seafood dishes. In historic downtown Galveston, visit Rudy & Paco, named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in America by OpenTable for the past several years.
Book a Relaxing Prenatal Spa Treatment
Galveston is home to several world-class spas that offer special experiences for expecting moms. Treat yourself to a relaxing prenatal massage at The Spa at Moody Gardens Hotel where your therapist will use specially designed comfort and massage techniques for a well-deserved release from the tensions of pregnancy. Or, treat yourself to a variety of replenishing facials and rejuvenating body treatments with therapeutic ingredients. For alternative spa options, try Spa San Luis or The Spa at Hotel Galvez. And, you can bring your honey along for a romantic couples experience.
Go Shopping in Historic Downtown Galveston
Stroll hand-in-hand with your darling while exploring Galveston’s charming historic downtown district. Here, majestic iron-front buildings house unique boutiques, coastal-inspired art galleries and plenty of entertainment. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the district then walk along Postoffice Street for art viewing and antique shopping or catch a live show at The Grand 1894 Opera House. For last minute baby shopping, be sure to check out Gracie’s on The Strand, which has a great children’s department filled with clothes, toys, books and accessories.
Take a Sunset Stroll at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
For a playful date, take an evening stroll at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The amusement park pier, which stands over the Gulf of Mexico, is a great place to watch the sunset while having fun playing midway games, grabbing cotton candy and listening to live music.
For more information about visiting Galveston, check out Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau by visiting www.galveston.com/cvb.