As we approach the end of summer, you may be looking to slow it down a notch. We are fortunate to be in a coastal region this time of year since the beach is a short drive from anywhere in the Houston/Clear Lake area. If you’re thinking about taking one last drive to Galveston this season, there is one thing you must do to round out your summer.
In 2008, the island was slammed by Hurricane Ike. It was a long road to recovery, but Galveston has once again become one of our areas most beautiful places to visit. In fact, it was recently named as one of the nation’s top 30 beach towns, seriously. Many visitors to the island go there to hit the beach, visit Moody Gardens, or to check out the new over-the-water amusement park, Pleasure Pier. But, here’s something you can do a little off the beaten path. It’s educational and FUN!
Take a guided tour of Galveston’s historic district and check out some of the mansions. You’ll be amazed on this trip down memory lane as you marvel at the beautiful architecture. Built in the 1800’s, many of these homes have withstood the tests of time with the help of the preservationists. Here’s a snapshot of some of the homes:
While you’re on the tour be on the lookout for some fascinating works of art. Several of the old trees that suffered the wrath of IKE were transformed into awesome sculptures by some very creative artists. You won’t believe your eyes. You can see the artwork in the yards of several homes in the area. Here’s a sneak peek:
For information about guided tours visit http://www.galveston.com/guidedtours/. Or, consider renting a family bike and take a self-guided tour. Some of the homes are open to the public, for a small fee, if you want to take a look inside.
As the area continues to recover, there are a few real estate gems worth checking out. I’d love to hear from you if you’re thinking about buying home a near the beach, or anywhere in the Clear Lake City, League City, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, Kemah, Dickinson and the entire Houston Bay area.