If you arrive before 5:00, stop at the Visitors Center at 2328 Broadway (behind Ashton Villa ). Be sure to pick up the Galveston Visitors' Guide (there are discounts on the page that folds out from the map). This is also where you can take an Historic Tour in a 12-seater electric shuttle bus ($1 discount in the Visitors' Guide) Tours are currently 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. We had a wonderful guide, Joseph, who was very knowledgeable and he gave us tips on places to eat. The tour takes you through the Historic District, The Strand and past many of the tree sculptures.
Two of the historic homes we visited are Bishop's Palace (10% discount in the Visitor's Guide for the gift shop) and Moody Mansion. Both were interesting and lots of history to soak up. Note: a Bishop's Palace brochure has a $1 off admission for up to 6 people.
Of course shopping at The Strand is a must.
Our first meal was at Fishermans Wharf with a view of the harbor and the ship Elissa moored behind the restaurant. We rated the restaurant top of our list for ambiance with mixed views of the meal, but I think we all agreed it was a good choice to eat there.
We did try to eat at Nonno Tony's which wasn't a good experience. They were reluctant to seat us without a reservation. The hostess did show us to an area with a coffee table which we didn't think was a great idea to eat a meal. We chose to leave and the gentleman at the door asked why we were leaving and pointed to several empty tables outside the front of the restaurant. After we were seated one of our party commented that the restrooms weren't clean. We didn't have a comfortable feeling about the place and finally decided to leave and eat elsewhere. I will say the manager was very pleasant and was apologetic that his staff weren't more welcoming.
Our last evening we ate at Gaidos. This restaurant is always busy and it's advisable to make reservations. Again, our group had mixed views of the meal. I had seared tuna salad which was wonderful.
We all agreed our favorite meal was breakfast at Mosquito Cafe on the corner of Winnie and 14th Street. This was a recommendation by Joseph from the Historic Tours Shuttle.
On houses and businesses that have survived the hurricanes, there are diamond plaques next to the door. The rectangular plaques show the height the water rose with the name of the hurricane.