No trip to Galveston Island is complete without visiting the Historic Downtown, Strand & Seaport. Once known as the "Wall Street of the Southwest", Galveston's famed avenue, The Strand, anchors the historic downtown. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its outstanding collection of 19th century architecture, today The Strand is the heart of a vibrant downtown and waterfront offering shopping, dining, museums, entertainment, accommodations and nightlife. Wear your walking shoes, because the 70+block historic downtown has much more to offer beyond The Strand, and it's all within walking distance!

Pier 21

Nestled along Galveston Harbor, Pier 21 offers waterfront views, delicious dining options and a cluster of attractions that showcase the island's cultural and maritime heritage - from the Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA to the Pier 21 Theater, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum and Dolphin Tours. Pier 21 is located steps away from the Galveston Cruise Terminal.



Historic Downtown Galveston's main shopping street, The Strand, draws visitors to its diverse collection of boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and attractions housed in majestic iron-front buildings that once made up the "Wall Street of the South". From the old-fashioned candy shop LaKing's Confectionary to the Galveston Railroad Museum and concerts at Saengerfest Park. The Strand and its surrounding streets serve as a hub for activities and entertainment.



Marked by its beautiful Victorian architecture and colorfully painted storefronts, the Postoffice Street area is full of charm, offering an enchanting blend of art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, chic eateries and lively entertainment, including The Grand 1894 Opera House. Its artsy atmosphere has made this area a fresh hangout for locals and the center of the island's popular ArtWalk held every six weeks.


West of Market

This burgeoning area west of the downtown district boasts old-fashioned, fabled establishments with lots of room for new tenants. Area anchors include Maceo Spice and Import Company, where visitors can sit at a community table for a new experience every day; cocktail speakeasy Daiquiri Time Out, which features fresh, classic cocktails in a sleek, urban setting; and free-flowing Gypsy Joynt, offering eclectic fare locals crave and evening entertainment.

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Explore Postoffice Street, home of The Grand 1894 Opera House and discover art galleries, boutiques, chic bars & restaurants, live theater and more. Venture along 25th Street for an eclectic mix of shops, salons and warehouse galleries.

Tired of walking? Hail a horse drawn carriage and you can quickly make your way to the waterfront. Here, fish markets nestle adjacent to restaurants offering the freshest Gulf seafood with amazing views of the harbor.

Downtown's historic seaport transports you to the past with maritime museums and the 1877 tall ship, Elissa, and for many, the nearby cruise terminal starts the beginning of an exotic vacation. Treat yourself to a whole weekend downtown. Relax in luxury at a full service downtown hotel, unwind in a room with a harbor view, or pamper yourself in Victorian opulence with a stay in a historic bed & breakfast