The Best of Galveston: Must-Visit Parks, Restaurants, and Bars for TRAPS 2024 Attendees

The Best of Galveston: Must-Visit Parks, Restaurants, and Bars for TRAPS 2024 Attendees

In late February, parks and rec professionals will gather in Galveston, Texas, for the TRAPS (Texas Recreation and Park Society) 2024 Institute & Expo. If you're attending, there are plenty of things to do and see in this picturesque coastal city.

The fusion of history, culture, and natural beauty creates a distinctive region where visitors can enjoy and unwind after a long day at the conference. There are numerous parks, restaurants, and bars to explore that will make your stay truly memorable.

That's why we enlisted the help of Datrin Rogers, Recreation Coordinator-Programs at the City of Conroe, to compile a list of must-visit places to make your time at TRAPS even more enriching. 

Scroll on down to see our handpicked list of places to visit while in Galveston!

Galveston Parks: 4 Must-Visit Parks In and Near Galveston


1. Seawolf Park

Located on Pelican Island, the park showcases two museum ships, parts from three other vessels, and the remnants of a former merchant ship offshore. If history isn't your thing, relax by enjoying an afternoon picnic or fishing off the pier!

Distance from TRAPS: 8.2 miles

2. Galveston Island State Park

beach and sea in galveston texas

Enjoy the laid-back charm of Galveston Island State Park—perfect for beach days, camping, fishing, and soaking in the Gulf and Galveston Bay sunsets.

Distance from TRAPS: 9 miles

3. Schreiber Park

Explore 'Rocket Ship Park'—officially known as Schreiber Park—with its space shuttle-themed playground and splash pad. Located near Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens, it's a local favorite for a playful day out.

Distance from TRAPS: 0.9 miles

4. Moody Gardens

There's always an exciting adventure at Moody Gardens in Galveston! Explore the three pyramid attractions: Aquarium, Rainforest, and Discovery. If you're looking to soak up the sun instead, check out Palm Beach which is minutes away.

Distance from TRAPS: 0 miles


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Galveston Dining: 6 Must-Visit Restaurants in Galveston


1. Landry’s Prime Seafood & Steaks

In the mood for surf and turf? Look no further - Landry's Prime Seafood & Steaks is the place to satisfy both cravings. 

Distance from TRAPS: 5 miles

2. Rainforest Café

This Rainforest Café is a must-experience. Beyond the thrilling adventure, including a volcano eruption every 30 minutes after sunset, it's the only location with its own ride!

Distance from TRAPS: 3 miles

3. Shrimp N Stuff

If you're looking for a local gem, Shrimp N Stuff is the place to be. Serving the area since 1976 and has become a staple in Galveston. Treat yourself and your team to a memorable dining experience, whether inside or out!

Distance from TRAPS: 4 miles

4. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Pleasure pier featuring bubba gump shrimp in galveston

Are you a fan of the movie "Forrest Gump"? If you are, a visit to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Galveston is a must. Inspired by the classic film, the restaurant offers a delicious menu and a unique setting—just like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get!

Distance from TRAPS: 5 miles

5. Hearsay on the Strand

Immerse yourself in a distinct ambiance at Hearsay on the Strand. Indulge in their chic antique-style setting that seamlessly blends mouthwatering cuisine with captivating decor and vintage charm. 

Distance from TRAPS: 6 miles

6. Shark Shack

A local favorite, Shark Shack offers more than just fresh seafood and pub fare. Unwind after your conference days with happy hours available Tuesday through Thursday!

Distance from TRAPS: 6 miles

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Galveston Nightlife: 5 Must-Visit Bars in Galveston


1. The Spot

the spot outside patio seating
With nearly 15,000 positive Google reviews, The Spot is an 'island-famous' staple. If you're craving a restaurant where almost everything is made fresh daily, well, you've found the spot – both figuratively and literally!

Distance from TRAPS: 5 miles


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2. Brick House Tavern & Tap

Are you a sports fan afraid of missing a big game while away at TRAPS? Don't worry - Brick House Tavern and Tap has you covered. Enjoy the tasty tavern fare, explore extensive drink menus, and catch the game on one of over 30 TVs.

Distance from TRAPS: 5 miles

3. Tsunami Exotic Tequila Emporium

If you're in the mood for a unique experience while you're in town, make sure to visit this restaurant in the Strand District. They offer an impressive selection of over 45 tequilas and 12 styles of margaritas, making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day at the TRAPS conference.

Distance from TRAPS: 6 miles

4. Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina

Authentic Tex-Mex, need we say more? Be sure to swing by with your team to enjoy flavorful margaritas and sizzling fajitas in a lively setting, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Distance from TRAPS: 6 miles

5. Yaga's Café

Yagas cafe in galveston outside patio

Yaga's Cafe is a haven for all dietary preferences. With a diverse menu and an emphasis on healthier choices, including refreshing salads, nourishing soups, and options for vegans, gluten-free individuals, and those following a keto diet, Yaga's Cafe has something for everyone.

Distance from TRAPS: 6 miles


Wrapping it up:

We're pumped to see y'all in Galveston! 👋 Also, be sure to stop by booth #700 to visit the Xplor Recreation team, and:

🎁Enter in a draw to win a Free iPad Air 

🔍See our all-in-one recreation management software in action

📱Get a hands-on experience of our NEW Client Mobile App

🎉Snag yourself some *useful* swag to take home

📸Have a laugh and capture memories with your team at our photobooth!

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