There’s nothing like a rainy day to lift the spirits with all brands of human comfort, like sipping a hot beverage, curling up in a fluffy blanket and getting lost in a good book or an old movie.
By Sara G. Stephens
A rainy day in Galveston offers all these comforts, with the added bonus of the spectacularly serene views of a soothingly moody ocean whose crashing waves seem to dance with the sound of the raindrops falling on your window.
And then there’s the fun.
This year, Galveston welcomes visitors with exciting options for indoor recreation that will make the whole family glad for a break from the island’s beach-based play.
For a new experience in downtown Galveston, check out Board Game Island. This board game café has a library of more than 500 games to play at your table, as well as a café-style menu known for its pizzas, smoothies and coffee drinks. It’s hard to imagine a better way to enjoy laughs and bond with family. For details, visit www.boardgameisland.com.
For the Mom (or Dad) who wants to take a little “me time” while exploring the joys of cooking, downtown now offers the island’s first and only kitchen boutique, Kitchen Chick. In fact, if you want to teach your kids their way around a kitchen, bring them along. A friendly chalkboard in the venue reads, “Age is of NO importance unless… you are a cheese!” Themed cooking classes are taught by professional chefs and range in variety from “Sushi 101” to “Mardi Gras Cuisine.” For details, visit www.thekitchenchick.com.
Of course, Moody Gardens continues to dazzle visitors with its unparalleled indoor learning adventures housed in the landmark glass pyramids. There’s a Rainforest pyramid and a Discovery pyramid, along with an aquarium, a 3D theater and a 4D theater. For the adventurous family who can’t resist the lure of the ocean even in rainy weather, the Moody Gardens Colonel Paddlewheel Boat puts you on the sea and keeps you out of the wet. Imagine immersing the family in these learning-rich environments as a fun-filled alternative to sunburns and sandy shoes. And you needn’t go far at the end of the day when it’s time to rest those knowledge-stuffed heads. The Moody Gardens Hotel offers the perfect accommodations. The hotel has been newly renovated, with a massive update of its 428 guest rooms, spa and more. If the island’s East End is more your speed for lodging, consider checking the family into the Harbor House Hotel and Marina, situated on the Galveston Wharf at Pier 21. This hotel also unveiled a full renovation in February.
For a full list of accommodations venues and for more information on Galveston, visit www.galveston.com.