Based on the registrations that we have received to this point we have decided to offer only the Galveston Island tour.  If you would like to participate in this tour, please indicate this on your conference registration form.

Galveston Island ($50.00)

This tour will include a visit to one of Galveston’s many public beaches, a brief driving tour of Galveston Island, and a visit to the Strand.  The bus for this tour will depart at 12:30 on Saturday and return at 6:30.  A box lunch is included in the price of the tour.

The Beach

The tour will stop at one of Galveston’s many public beaches, allowing tour goers to walk in the sand and even go for a swim.  We have arranged access to nearby shower facilities should anyone wish to rinse off after venturing into the water.  Surfing equipment will also be available by individual arrangement.

Driving Tour

Galveston, Texas, was the second richest city in the United States and the leading cotton port in the world until the devastating hurricane of 1900.  The city made a remarkable recovery and is now a fascinating combination of old, restored, and new.  The driving tour will pass several of the landmark historical homes in Galveston, highlighting the glamour and wealth of Galveston in the 1800s.

The Strand

Tour goers will have an opportunity to roam around the “Strand” for refreshments and to browse and shop.  The Strand National Historic Landmark is the finest concentration of 19th century iron-front commercial buildings in the nation.  It was once called the “Wall Street” of the Southwest.  In this lively area you will find antiques, galleries, curios, gifts, and boutiques ranging from an authentic candy factory, to a military surplus store.  There are discount stores and restaurants galore.