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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Ride the thrilling swings over the Gulf of Mexico and browse the shops and restaurants on this fun and scenic pier.

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is an iconic dock with a range of shops, restaurants and rides. Its many family-fun activities are the main source of entertainment in the center of Galveston on the Gulf Coast. Bring the whole family down to the dock for an afternoon of games, food and shopping.

Walk along the pier and snap photos of the excellent views of the Gulf of Mexico. The pier runs out into the ocean, stretching 1,130 feet (340 meters) long. Bring your kids to various thrilling roller coasters, including the Iron Shark and the Sky Shooter.

Ride the Galaxy Wheel for the best views from the sky. The Texas Star Flyer will make you feel like you’re flying over the water on its swings. Take your toddlers to the rides suitable for little kids.

Select from the range of restaurants along the dock, including the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company from the Forrest Gump movie. Look back on the historic sea wall flanking Galveston’s shore.

Browse the various souvenir shops lining the pier, which was built in 2012. The initial pier on this spot stood from 1943 until 1961, when it was destroyed by Hurricane Carla. For years, the Flagship Hotel stood on this location, before it too was damaged by a hurricane.

Note that the pier and its rides open most days from morning until late in the evening. The schedule is fairly erratic and can be found online. Purchase an all-day ride pass for a fee, with prices based on height. Pay for a pier pass to use the dock without rides.

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is in the heart of Galveston, stretching out from its southern shore. It is an extension of the Seawall Boulevard and overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Visit nearby attractions, such as Menard Park, the Jonathan M. Romano Skate Park and the iconic Murdochs gift shop.


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Four Points by Sheraton Galveston ¥13,472
Four Points by Sheraton Galveston

Four Points by Sheraton Galveston

2300 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is steps from Porretto 27th Street, Galveston Seawall, and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves) and Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Commodore on the Beach ¥8,361
    Commodore on the Beach

    Commodore on the Beach

    3618 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Galveston hotel is just steps from Seawall Beach and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Galveston Island Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel ¥14,191
      Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

      Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

      2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this San Jacinto hotel is just steps from Porretto 27th Street and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Strand Historic District are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Holiday Inn Express And Suites Galveston Beach ¥9,805
        Holiday Inn Express And Suites Galveston Beach

        Holiday Inn Express And Suites Galveston Beach

        3228 SEAWALL BOULEVARD, Galveston, TX
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is steps from Porretto 27th Street and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Galveston Island Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach ¥13,620
          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

          1702 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this San Jacinto hotel is steps from Porretto 27th Street and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Strand Historic District are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galveston Beach, TX ¥8,361
            Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galveston Beach, TX

            Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galveston Beach, TX

            2818 Avenue R 1/2, Galveston, TX
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is steps from Porretto 27th Street and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves) are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Red Roof Inn Plus+ Galveston - Beachfront ¥8,361
              Red Roof Inn Plus+ Galveston - Beachfront

              Red Roof Inn Plus+ Galveston - Beachfront

              3924 Avenue U, Galveston, TX
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the Strip, this motel is steps from Seawall Beach and Galveston Seawall. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Galveston Island Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Chic 2br W/ Gulf Views, Near Pleasure Pier 2 Bedroom Home
                Chic 2br W/ Gulf Views, Near Pleasure Pier 2 Bedroom Home

                Chic 2br W/ Gulf Views, Near Pleasure Pier 2 Bedroom Home

                2610 Avenue Q 1/2, Galveston, TX
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Galveston, this golf vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Galveston Seawall. Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves) and Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal are also within 2 mi (3 km).