Galveston has become a year-round tourist destination, and people are visiting the island who never even set foot in the sand! From Cruise Lines Departures to the island’s annual festivals like Mardi Gras and Dickens on the Strand, there are so many things to do all year round! One of the great areas that has grown from the recent upsurg in the East End Historical District is 14th Street. It’s filled with cute restaurants, and some neat sights to see on the island!
1 Sunflower Cafe, 512 14th Street, Be prepared for a wait, but you can browse through the Bacon Farm next door, a cute little gift and antique shop! We love everything on the menu, but the soft shell benedict with fresh Gulf Crab is my favorite!
2. The Original Mexican Cafe, Corner of 14th Street and Market, The longest continually operating restaurant in Galveston, still at their original location the OMC is a favorite for locals and tourist, alike! From their homemade tortillas to their amazing margaritas, it’s a little bit of delicious history!
3. Mosquito Cafe, 628 14th Street, Serving not just breakfast, this fun restaurant offers amazing salads in their restored 1870 Galveston home!
4. Pattycakes Bakery, 704 14th Street, If you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or need a King Cake, then Pattycakes is the place to go!
5. Ronald McDonald House, 301 14th Street, You can’t talk about 14th Street without mentioning the Ronald McDonald House! Offering a place to stay for families with children seeking treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Shriners Hospital for Children and the Transitional Learning Center. You can volunteer to cook and serve meals at the RMH while visiting the island, a great way to help!
6. Jean Lafitte’s Maison Rouge Ruins, 1417 Harborside Dr (just off 14th Street) A treat for any Galveston History Buff, visit the marker showing where Lafitte’s famous, or infamous, Maison Rouge home was located, before he burned it in 1820 and fled Galveston.
7. Bishop’s Palace, Corner of 14th Street and Broadway Tour this beautiful 1892 Victorian home, complete with periodic furnishings to truly appreciate the splendor and elegance of Old Galveston!
8. Casa Familia, Corner of 14th Street and Broadway The original 1906 Lucas Apartment Building is now the Casa Familia, an event center and vacation rental!
9. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Corner of 14th Street and Broadway Built in 1903, the beautiful Sacred Heart is still in use, and while they don’t offer tours, they do welcome the inquisitive visitors to come visit!
10. Cottage on 14th, This cute VRBO offers accommodations for 6 with 2 bedrooms, and is child and pet friendly, must for us when visiting the island! Bring your bikes for a quick ride to the beach in the mornings!
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