Exploring Galveston and Space Center Houston

We spent a great week in New Orleans. If you haven’t read about our adventures there, check out these three blog posts:

Our overnight in Lafayette, LA

Our next stop was Vermilionville Historic Village, in Lafayete, LA, a Harvest Hosts location for those of you who are members. We highly recommend this museum with about 10 historic homes and town buildings you can visit. We got there too late to dine in the restaurant, but the village was still open for us to explore.

The I-10 Welcome Center, East Texas

After a restful night’s sleep at Vermilionville, we continued on our drive across I-10 toward our next destination—Galveston, Texas.

If you’ve been following our journey over the past three years, you know that we’ve logged a lot of miles on the highways. Every once in a while, we come across a welcome center that we just have to show pictures of.

Such was the case with the I-10 Welcome Center just across the border.

Along with a vast amount of brochures for the entire state of Texas by region, there was also a boardwalk out across the marsh for visitors to stretch their legs. While we didn’t see a lot of wildlife, we did see a few turtles sunning themselves on a log.

On to Galveston

We arrived at Stella Mare RV Resort on Sunday afternoon and stayed in Site 15, a back-in with a view of the horse farm behind us. While this resort was across the highway from the ocean, we would recommend it to anyone looking to stay there in the future.

We met our friends, Jim & Babette Lloyd and extended guests, for dinner. We’d met up with Jim and Babette for Thanksgiving in Orlando, and it was great that our paths crossed again in Galveston.

Babette grew up in the area, and along with her brother Steve, they showed us the sights. Over the next four days, they took us around Galveston.

Along with having lunch at Bubba Gump on the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, we also walked around the downtown area known as The Strand, where we had delicious ice cream at LaKings Confectionary

Babette’s brother, Steve, took us to Kemah Boardwalk near Galveston. Along with restaurants and hotels, Kemah has a small amusement park. We chose to take a calm ride up in the Boardwalk Tower, where we could get a 360-degree view of the area.

Views of Kemah from the Boardwalk Tower.

Space Center Houston

Jim and Babette left the area on Thursday, and we headed for a day at Space Center Houston. There was so much there that you’ll have to watch the video below to see what we saw.

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation:

Generally, they open at 10:00 a.m. They close at 5:00 during the week and 6:00 on weekends. However, these hours are subject to change, so it’s best to check the website for the time when you are planning to visit.


  • Child(ages 3 & younger)Free
  • Kid(ages 4-11)$24.95
  • Adult(ages 12 & older)$29.95
  • Senior(ages 65 & older)$27.95

There are various other ticket options available, so be sure to check the website before you purchase tickets online.

NOTE: Currently, they are issuing timed tickets, so keep that in mind when you’re planning. Check the website for updates.


There is plenty of parking, including bus and RV parking, and it’s all free.

Additional information:

  • Download the Space Center app here
  • Get your Tram tickets at the Information Desk (or with the app) when you arrive and plan around those times. There are two tram tours. We did ours back to back, and there is enough time to get from one to the other, with a bathroom break in between.
  • Be sure to check the website for any special events and other information you may need to know.
  • Allow an entire day for this visit. There is so much to see. The dining options, while a little pricy, are convenient.

Our day at Space Center Houston

Galveston Conclusions

We had a great week catching up with friends, walking along the sea wall, seeing downtown Galveston, and visiting Space Center Houston. We highly recommend visiting the places we’ve mentioned above.

We’re Mike & Jennifer Skinnell, and together we are The Rambling Quilter. We travel the country full-time in our 41ft. fifth-wheel pulled by our F-350 – affectionately named Beauty & The Beast. Mike still works part-time, and Jennifer writes our blog, travel articles, and contemporary fiction. Our blog is purely for information and entertainment purposes. However, if you’d like to support Jennifer’s writing career, her author link is below.

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