What To Do Before Your Cruise

If you flew in the day before your cruise took off you are probably wondering what to do after your shuttle from Hobby to Galveston arrived. This is a nice little guide of things to do and see while you wait for your cruise. Because who says your vacation shouldn’t start now?

Places To Stay

When you choose to play it safe and arrive early for your cruise, you will probably want an awesome place for the shuttle from Hobby to Galveston to drop you off to stay the night. Luckily for you, there are so many different options! You can rest assured that you will have a sweet place to lay your head that night.


Galveston is home to loads of 5 star Airbnb hosts! You can find homes, condos, or apartments throughout the Galveston area. Decide if you want the beachfront and enjoy the breathtaking views and beachy vibes. Or stay in The Strand and be in the midst of all the excitement, entertainment, and dining that Galveston has to offer. Experience a little taste of Galveston's history and culture and choose a host in the historic district. No matter what style you choose, you are sure to be impressed by the Galveston hospitality.

Hotels With Cruise Parking

If you did not take a shuttle from Hobby to Galveston and chose to drive in, a hotel with cruise parking may be an excellent option for you!

DoubleTree By Hilton Galveston Beach

This is an excellent option as it’s only 2 miles from the Galveston cruise port. Which, you can get to the complimentary shuttle service offered by the hotel. You can fully plan to lay back and relax or enjoy the swim-up bars and cabanas offered at this location. Truly a great way to get your vacation started!

Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites

Located near all of the attractions, dining, and entertainment you could ask for, these suites are perfect for families, couples, and singles alike. With beautiful views of the Gulf and spacious rooms, you can fully get into relaxation mode before your cruise sets sail.  

Where To Eat

Galveston is not short on dining experiences! After you arrive on your shuttle from Hobby to Galveston and get settled in your accommodations, you can determine where to fill your belly. Choose from fine dining, family-friendly restaurants, or indulge in some sea-side bars and grills. Galveston truly has it all!

Fine Dining

The Steakhouse

Considered fine dining at its finest, you can enjoy the freshest steak and seafood and an incredible ambiance. Try out the extensive wine list offered and any of the items on the award-winning menu for a culinary experience you won’t soon forget.

Rudy and Paco Restaurant & Bar

You can find Rudy and Paco Restaurant & Bar on just about any Galveston dining recommendation list. Here you will indulge in seafood and steak created with a South and Central American flair.

Family-Friendly Dining

Miller’s Seawall Grill

You can hit up Miller’s Seawall Grill any time of day! If you need to treat your family to breakfast before you head over to the cruise terminal you won’t be disappointed in the amazing breakfast and brunch fare while looking out on the location's beautiful views. Open breakfast through dinner you are bound to be satisfied whenever you go!

The Spot

Who doesn’t love burgers and wings? You can treat and satisfy the entire family to the delectable grub served at The Spot. With a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, you will be operating on island time minutes after your arrival.

Night Life

B. Jiggers Lounge

With views of the beach and live music, you can enjoy food and drinks and get your vacation started right! Join travelers and locals alike at the hot B. Jiggers Lounge… just don’t miss your cruise in the morning!

Buckshot Saloon

Line dancing and country music mixed with some Texas culture and house shots and drinks make this an incredibly fun event. Dance the night away and the stresses of traveling melt off as you get a taste of some Galveston culture!

Fun Activities

So you have a full day to spend in Galveston? It’s going to be hard to settle on just one activity! Here are three of some of the most popular choices of tourists and locals.

The Beach

It may seem obvious, but why go to a beach town and not hit up the beach? Galveston offers miles of sandy beaches to enjoy! Explore some of the excursions offered like paddle boarding, jet skis, or parasailing! Build sand castles with the kids and then walk to the pier for ice cream. Or just spread out on a towel and soak up some rays. The beach is always a favorite.


Moody Gardens

Head over to Moody Gardens for the day! This is one of the most popular parks in the area offering dining, three pyramids full of attractions, animal encounters, and spas. Seriously this place has it all! Moody Garden is a vacation in itself! Your entire family will be thrilled that you chose to do this before boarding your cruise!


Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

The Pleasure Pier offers rides, carnival games, and plenty of food options. Grab some cotton candy and win your partner a stuffed animal at a carnival game! Be awed by the views of the Gulf you can take in on the Texas Star Flier. And thrill all ages on the teacups or carousel. If it’s shopping you want, indulge in the many shops on the pier and buy yourself something special! The Pleasure Pier offers something for everyone!



  1. Rides and Amusements 2022 [1] retrieved on August 22, 2022, from www.pleasurepier.com
  2. Dining 2022 [2] retrieved on August 22, 2022, from www.sanluisresort.com
  3. Outdoor Dining Options In Galveston 2022 [3] retrieved on August 22, 2022, from www.visitgalveston.com