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The Strand National Historic Landmark District

The Strand National Historic Landmark District was the heart of Galveston in the late 1800s and early 1900s when its star was bright and it was full of great promise, the "New York of Texas." Many buildings still remain that were built in that era, built with all the best talents and materials that the society of the time was capable of. Fine architects designed both the mansions along Broadway and the buildings in the Strand area in styles inspired by the golden ages of the Greeks or the Victorians. A surprising number escaped the devastation of the 1900 Storm, and still remain.

Other features that give the Strand its unique and romantic charm are the high curbs, the overhanging canopies that were meant to shade the streets, and the horse drawn carriages that pass slowly in the streets, at so much slower a pace than the automobiles of today. The Strand is also the center of Mardi Gras celebrations, Dickens on the Strand festivities, and - of course - antiques, shopping, and art galleries.

With board fixed rail trolley cars built in a turn of the century style similar to those used in Galveston from the late 1800s to 1938, the Galveston trolley car system provides a unique mode of transportation from Galveston's Seawall to the Strand Landmark Historic District and Pier 21. The ride offers beautiful historic homes and other points of interest along the route.

Moody Gardens

Looking for island fun? Work or play, this tropical destination is ideal for families and groups alike. Delve into the oceans depths at the Aquarium Pyramid® to see penguins, sharks and thousands of tropical fish. Explore the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum or experience the action of the IMAX® 3D, 4D or Ridefilm theaters. Cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat or enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and blue lagoons at Palm Beach. 

Schlitterbahn Galveston

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is the third waterpark in the Schlitterbahn family of Texas parks.

Splash into one of the Hottest, Coolest Times in Texas. The Galveston Schlitterbahn park features uphill water coasters, water slides, kid's playgrounds, rapids, hot tubs and much more. Further, during the winter and spring, Schlitterbahn offers a large indoor heated water park. The summer season offers more than 32 family-friendly attractions.

The Pleasure Pier

Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops. 

Galveston Island offers something for everyone! Spend the day at a sun-filled beach, venture into a tropical rain forest, experience life on an offshore rig or visit the city’s historical homes. A trip to Galveston Island located just an hour's drive from Houston, is a trip back in time. The Victorian era is well preserved on the island, which boasts more than 550 designated historical landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places. Start with a visit to The Strand, with its 19th century buildings that now house dozens of shops and restaurants. Homes like the Bishop's Palace and Ashton Villa take visitors back to the time when Galveston was a booming financial and business center. For surf and sun, Galveston Island has 32 miles of beaches.