What to Do in Galveston - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ghost City Tours recognizes the importance of the health and safety of our guests and guides. Here in Galveston, we’re eager to help you enjoy the city, even during this time of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re committed to following CDC and State protocols.

Ghost City has put together this Travelling During COVID-19 Guide. We hope that you find the resources we’ve provided helpful.

Visiting Charleston during the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic

Know Before You Go

Texas has implemented specific safety guidelines to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. These include mask mandates for indoor activities, reduced indoor capacity, and the statewide closure of bars for on-site consumption. We encourage you to enjoy Galveston while adhering to the protective measures set in place.

How has the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted Tours in Galveston?

We at Ghost City Tours have taken the Coronavirus threat very seriously, implementing special procedures to help maintain our guests' health and safety.

Even though being outside on walking tours is one of the safest ways to experience a city, Ghost City is strictly following Social Distancing Guidelines. While you can stay in your group, we expect our groups to maintain the suggested 6-foot distance from other groups on tour.

Face coverings are mandatory in Galveston, and we will be enforcing their usage even before your ghost tour begins.

Since we're outdoors, our tours are already a safe way of getting out and about. Now, you can have even more peace of mind.

Why is the Coronavirus Risk for Walking Tour Participants Low?

There are many aspects of walking tours that make them an excellent option for someone looking for a very low-risk activity.

  • All of our Tours take place outdoors, not in enclosed areas.
  • We expect our guests to abide by Social Distancing Guidelines. If you do not abide by these guidelines, you will be asked to leave the tour.
  • There is plenty of room to spread out, ensuring you're social distancing properly.
  • Before the pandemic, we already did an excellent job of avoiding crowds. We've taken those efforts even further.
  • Contact-Free seems to be all the rage - from Pizza joints to Car Dealerships. Our tours have always been "contact-free."
  • Ghosts can’t catch or carry COVID-19!

The reality is that taking a ghost tour with Ghost City Tours is no more of a risk to your health than walking around the block at home. We've taken every measure possible to ensure that an already low-risk activity is even safer.

Things to Do in Galveston During COVID-19

When exploring Galveston, you’ll find that many locations are open for business. In order to help keep Galveston a safe place to visit, the State of Texas and the City of Galveston have asked businesses to do their part in maintaining health and safety guidelines.

We urge all travelers to familiarize themselves with CDC protection tips.

Who Has to Wear a Mask?

The City of Galveston requires that everyone within six feet of one another outdoors – and everyone indoors – mask up! Please ensure that you bring your own masks as they are not provided.

Face coverings must be worn from the get-go; this includes when checking in for your tour. If you cannot wear a mask due to underlying disease, you are permitted to join without one.

Children under ten years old are exempt from the mask mandate. You are not required to wear a mask while drinking, eating, or smoking.

Acceptable Face Coverings for the Public

Acceptable face coverings include face masks, homemade cloth masks, and scarves. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in critical demand and should be worn only by healthcare professionals and first responders.

While we don't want the current situation to deter you from visiting one of the nation's most fascinating cities, we do prioritize your safety. With the health of travelers in mind, we have compiled a list of fun, low-risk activities to do while in Galveston.

Below is a list of fully operational businesses taking extra steps to help keep you safe.

Beaches

Galveston Beaches are currently open at this time. The City of Galveston recommends wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible. Large gatherings are prohibited.

Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Police Department will be on-site to enforce social-distancing mandates.

Hotels, Inns, and Bed and Breakfasts

More and more, we're seeing people day-tripping from nearby cities to Galveston. If you're staying for more than a day, the hotels listed below are some of the best options for a safe, sanitary visit.

We also think that hotels are excellent ways to explore the city while adhering to health and safety guidelines. These accommodations offer great opportunities to learn about historic Galveston. You won’t have to venture far from your room to explore the culture, legacy, and grandeur of The Oleander City.

Hotel Galvez

Visit their Website Call: (409) 765-7721

2024 Seawall Boulevard

Once referred to as the "Playground of the Southwest," this 226-room hotel conjures images of Galveston's gilded age – when Galveston was once the "Vegas of the South," frequented by Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Dean Martin.

Despite its celebrity guest list, the Hotel Galvez is better known for its less temporary tenants – poltergeists. What’s haunting the only historic hotel on Galveston’s beachfront?

COVID-19 Safety Measures: social distancing is implemented; sanitizing stations are available.

Tremont House Hotel

Visit their Website Call: (409) 763-0300

2300 Ship's Mechanic Row

Looking for ghoulish ongoings during your weekend getaway? Book with this boutique hotel.

With a breezy, four-story atrium, airy atmosphere, and bird’s-eye view elevator, the Tremont is considered the “Pride of the South.” General Sheridan was so impressed with the establishment that he regretted his much-publicized remark, "If I owned Texas and all hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in hell." So, why do guests report paranormal activity?

COVID-19 Safety Measures: social distancing is implemented; sanitizing stations are available.

Lost Bayou Guesthouse

Visit their Website Call: (409) 770-0688

1607 Avenue L

With an unmistakable sense of place, this 1890 bed-and-breakfast offers a relaxing, quintessentially Southern environment. Guests will enjoy the colonial architecture, convenient location, and personal service.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: social distancing is implemented; sanitizing stations are available.

Carr Mansion

Visit their Website Call: (409) 497-4740

1103 33rd Street

This nineteenth-century, Greek Revival mansion is located ten blocks from Galveston’s Seawall and thirteen blocks from The Strand. The bed-and-breakfast pairs contemporary fixtures with historic design, making for a clean, affordable, fascinating stay. Guests should check out the solariums and the individually themed guest rooms.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: social distancing is implemented; sanitizing stations are available.

Coppersmith Inn

Visit their Website Call: (409) 770-0688

1914 Avenue M

Looking for a romantic getaway? This Victorian bed-and-breakfast allows guests to experience nineteenth-century ambience with contemporary amenities. Originally a private residence, Coppersmith Inn features plaster archways, stained glass, walk through windows, and 14-foot ceilings. It’s a striking sight that includes a winding, wooden staircase.

For secluded accommodations, check out Clara’s Cottage and The Carriage House. These suites offer private entrances through the Coppersmith Garden, making for a luxurious, lush retreat.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: social distancing is implemented; sanitizing stations are available.

Galveston’ Bars and Restaurants

If you're coming to Galveston, you're going to have to eat! The good news is that many of the city's restaurants have reopened, but with new policies to keep you safe while dining out in Galveston during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Of course, there are going to be some of you who still don't feel entirely comfortable dining-in. We have good news for you as well. Most of the restaurants in Galveston offer to-go orders and contactless delivery services like Uber Eats and DoorDash. Bars have been closed for on-site consumption, but curbside and take-away remain available.

You can bring your food to any of the many outdoor areas in Galveston and enjoy your meal while taking in the fresh air. Outdoor dining has become a popular option for people who are concerned about dining out during the Coronavirus outbreak, leading many restaurants in Galveston to offer outdoor seating.

The restaurants on our list have implemented distanced seating and limited reservations to prevent large gatherings. Staff is required to wear masks and gloves while serving customers and daily temperature checks will be conducted for all team members.

At this time, restaurants in Galveston operate under limited capacity. Restaurants are open under strict social distancing guidelines, including redesigned seating to ensure a minimum of 6 feet in separation from seating to seating or the employment of physical barriers to separate groups of seating. Capacity will depend on the size and capability of each establishment.

Utensils, equipment, and workstations are being sanitized between use. Customers over the age of 10 are required to wear face coverings before being seated. Face masks can be removed once seated, while eating or drinking.

Gypsy Joynt

Visit their Website Call: (409) 497-2069

2711 Market Street

Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime, Bohemian-style eatery? Stop by the Gypsy Joynt! Voted Galveston’s Restaurant of the Year in 2017, this seaside sensation features an eclectic, American menu in a playful, funky environment.

Rudy & Paco

Visit their Website Call: (409) 762-3696

2028 Post Office Street

If you’re looking for steak or seafood grilled with South American sabor, check out Rudy & Paco. Their signature dishes include ahi tuna over jalapeno sauce, plantain encrusted gulf red snapper, lamb in a smoked plum chipotle sauce, and a one-pound broiled lobster tail. Hungry yet? Located next to The Grand 1894 Opera House, Rudy & Paco offers Galveston’s most unique dining experience.

The Steakhouse

Visit their Website Call: (409) 740-8606

5222 Seawall Blvd

Indulge yourself at one of the Top Ten Texas Steakhouses selected by food critic Tom Horan. You’ll find yourself surrounded by luxurious, leather furnishing and hand-crafted, mahogany woodwork – an impeccable ambience for their award-winning fare.

Gumbo Diner

Visit their Website Call: (409) 762-3232

3602 Seawall Blvd

Looking for classic American dining with a New Orleans flare? Gumbo Diner offers Cajun and Creole cuisine on the Galveston Seawall. Their unforgettable atmosphere is matched by their fresh beignets and delicious, southern staples.

Gaido’s http://www.gaidos.com/

Visit their Website Call: (409) 761-5500

3828 Seawall Boulevard

The “Toast of the Texas Coast,” Gaido’s provides Gulf seafood in Galveston’s largest fresh fish house. From red snapper to blue crab, this coastal classic prepares everything by hand. Filleting, frying, grilling, or baking – Gaido’s is not to be missed.

For more information about Gaido’s, please visit their website.

Outdoor Activities to Enjoy

Staying outside is a great way to enjoy the city, social distance, and keep safe. Luckily for us, Galveston has an ample amount of “things to do” outdoors.

While masks are not mandated for socially distanced, outside activities in Galveston County, they’re encouraged. The City of Galveston also recommends that you visit these attractions by yourself or with those in your household.

Broadway Cemetery District

Plotted between 1839 and 1939, the Broadway Cemetery District incorporates seven distinct cemeteries. Don’t be fooled by the surface: these urban burial grounds are three layers deep. Although there are an estimated 12,000 grave markers, there are three times the amount of bodies buried below. Is that why it’s a hot spot with paranormal enthusiasts?

Whether you’re into philanthropists, pirates, politicians, or poltergeists, the Broadway Cemetery District is a must-see.

Maison Rouge Ruins

1417 Harborside Drive

Once the property of a pirate king, the Maison Rouge is prowling with paranormal activity. It’s located at Harborside, making it an easy excursion for the daytripper. Into spine-chilling ruins or haunted history? You won’t want to miss the Maison Rouge.

For more information about the Maison Rouge Ruins, please visit their website.

Pleasure Pier https://www.pleasurepier.com/

2501 Seawall Boulevard

(855) 789-7437

Located at the Galveston Seawall, Pleasure Pier features family-oriented, waterfront fun. Visitors will delight in amusement rides, carnival games, and funnel cake atop this historic boardwalk. Plus, you can’t beat the view!

If you want to find yourself suspended 230-feet above sea level, jump on the Texas Star Flyer. This 200-foot swing isn’t for the faint of heart!

For more information about Pleasure Pier please visit their website.

Port Bolivar Ferry

Visit their Website Call: (409) 795-2230

1000 Ferry Road N.

For free, family-oriented entertainment, reserve a ride on the Port Bolivar Ferry. The vessel transports travelers between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, giving you the chance to spot dolphins, porpoises, pelicans, and freighters. Once you’re at the Bolivar Peninsula, check out Fort Travis – the first fort established in Galveston by the Republic of Texas.

Indoor Activities for Safe Family Fun

Although Galveston County limits capacity for indoor gatherings, it’s still possible to enjoy the day indoors. Wear a mask and social distance to have a safe, sanitized trip in the city.

Mayfield Manor

Visit their Website Call: (409) 762-6677

2313 Harborside Drive

Looking to spook yourself out? This year-round haunted house is located on the Strand! Visitors can wander throughout the twelve-room attraction, guided by the “Mad” Dr. Mayfield. Book your ticket to see why Mayfield Manor was named the third “Spookiest Haunted House” in America by USA TODAY.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: face masks are required.

Moody Gardens

Visit their Website Call: (409) 683-4200

1 Hope Blvd

Experience an authentic rainforest adventure before immersing yourself between international oceans. Enjoy the mysteries of science before undergoing a close encounter with a free-roaming, endangered animal. Check out a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium, a Discovery Museum, a Rainforest Pyramid, and a colonel paddlewheel boat before hitting the lazy river. Whatever you do, don’t miss this multi-attraction extravaganza.

Galveston Railroad Museum

Visit their Website Call: (409) 765-5700

123-25th Street

Occupying five acres of trains, the Galveston Railroad Museum is the largest restored railroad collection in the Southwest. Stop by to see locomotives, freight cars, and the interactive gallery of rail history. You can also see the “Ghosts of Travelers Past,” featuring life-size, plaster models imitating passengers. Are these the only “ghosts” in the facility?

COVID-19 Safety Measures: face masks are recommended; e-tickets are encouraged; sanitizing stations are available; social distancing is implemented; the Harborside Express operates at limited capacity; face masks are required for the Harborside Express.

The Bryan Museum

Visit their Website Call: (409) 632-7685

1315 21 Street

Adventure into the American Wild West at The Bryan Museum. From Native American cultural artifacts to exhibits on the twenty-first century, The Bryan Museum is dedicated to the cultural preservation of Texas. They hold one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of historical artifacts relating to The Lone Star State, making it a must-see for travelers.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: face masks are required; social distancing is implemented.

Lone Star Flight Museum

Visit their Website Call: (409) 708-2517

11551 Aerospace Ave

The Lone Star Flight Museum is a STEM learning center and aviation museum dedicated to preserving, educating, and inspiring. The facility features hands-on exhibits, historic aircraft, and the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. If you’re fascinated by aerospace, check out the Lone Star Flight Museum.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: face masks are required; social distancing is implemented.

For more information about Lone Star Flight Museum, please visit their website.

House Museums & Historic Museums

What better way to learn about Historic Galveston than by visiting some of its oldest and most significant homes? The number of guests allowed inside the historic house museums has been reduced to enforce social distancing. Business hours vary by property.

We strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid lines and social gatherings. For some historic properties, reservations are required.

Moody Mansion

Visit their Website Call: (409) 762-7668

2618 Broadway Avenue

This 31-room, Romanesque mansion features everything that you’d expect from a haunted house. Towering turrets – wide, eye-like windows. Yet this late-Victorian museum is somehow spookier inside. Visitors claim to overhear disembodied footsteps; photographs bare unaccountable or unidentifiable apparitions. Acquaint yourself with the daily ongoings of the Moody Family – and their poltergeists.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: self-guided tours are available; face masks are required within the museum; masks are provided to those who do not bring them.

1892 Bishop’s Palace

Visit their Website Call: (409) 762-2475

1402 Broadway Avenue

As Galveston's outstanding Victorian residence, Bishop's Palace is a must-see. This extravagant establishment is as eerie as it’s exuberant, earning the moniker "Gresham's Castle.” The American Institute of Architects even listed Bishop's Palace as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. A striking, spooky estate that's favored by locals and tourists alike.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: self-guided tours are available; face masks are recommended within the museum; sanitizing stations are provided.

A Quick Thank You

We truly hope our resources have helped you plan your visit to Galveston. We know that it can be challenging, but enjoying your summer amidst the Coronavirus outbreak is possible.

Ghost City Tours thanks you for your continued support. After all, we would be nothing without our guests.

Our team of writers, illustrators, and marketers will continue to produce content to keep you entertained - and sane - during these trying times. We will also continue to provide useful and up-to-date information.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about travel, tour information, or guidelines. If you need to talk, we’re here.

Our Galveston Ghost Tours

Are you visiting Galveston? Our Ghost Tours are one of the safest activities you can find during the Coronavirus pandemic. We practice social distancing, and our tours are all outside!