I met up with a few friends in Galveston for a long girls weekend. We rented a house right on the beach, which was beautiful, even in January. Plenty of bird-watching in the area. We shopped in the cute downtown strip area near the cruise ships. Some shops were the tacky touristy type, but others were very nice with beautiful items for sale. Went to Sacred Heart Catholic church for mass on Sunday morning, and felt very welcome. Ate lunch at McAlister's deli one day, very good, reasonably priced and the co-owner gave us free cookies. Ate dinner at Aquarium at the Kemah Boardwalk (an hour away) another night, very good also, but not worth the $ they charged.