1. The new Bryan Museum (1315 21st St., 409.632.7685) houses the largest collection of Southwestern artifacts in the world. More than 70,000 pieces chronicle history from Native Americans to the arrival of Spanish and French explorers.
2. Historic Hotel Galvez serves an impressive brunch spread ($42 per person), but Farley Girls (801 Postoffice St., 409.497.4454) remains the local secret. French toast and fried chicken ($12), anyone?
3. Galveston Helicopters (201 Seawall Blvd., 409.750.1699) now offers several tours, including a sunset ride ($175 per person). The 30-minute trip whirls you above the beach while the last rays of sunlight sparkle across the Bay.
4. Opened in 1911, Gaido’s (3802 Seawall Blvd., 409.761.5500) has been serving the Island’s best seafood for more than a century. Enjoy stuffed flounder ($34) while watching the waves roll in at dusk.
5. The Villas at The San Luis Resort (5222 Seawall Blvd., 800.392.5937) remain the most exclusive quarters for a vacation. Five 800-square-foot suites share a pool and have their own private entrances, hot tubs and verandas ($899 per night).