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Galveston is a historic island just over from Houston and is famous for its beaches and attractions. There was once even a pirate colony on Galveston Island (historic sites of the pirate colony can be found today). One of the many attractions on Galveston is the Historic Pleasure Pier. There is a multitude of thrilling rides, games, food vendors, and every other type of family-friendly attraction one can think of.

The Pleasure Pier is without a doubt one of the top things to do in Galveston - especially if one is visiting with a family. Next time in Houston, treat the family and have a fun day out at the island's historic Pleasure Pier and forge lasting family memories.

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The Enduring History Of The Historic Pleasure Pier

The Pleasure Pier traces its history back over 100 years. In 1900 the Great Storm battered the coast (one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in American history). In response, a seventeen-food-high seawall was built to raise the elevation of the southern edge of the island and protect the island.

  • The Great Storm: Battered Galveston in 1900

In 1906 the Galveston Electric Park opened and became the "Coney Island of the South" and was the largest resort in the western half of the country. It had roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, live music, an Electric Swing, and much more - including "moving picture shows."

  • Galveston Electric Park: The First Major Attraction & Largest Resort In The Region

The original Pleasure Pier was borne in World War II as a facility for the military and their families (it cost a whopping 1.5 million dollars to build). At the time, it was the largest park of its kind in the United States.

  • Original Pleasure Pier: Built In WW2 For The Military

This pier had rides, national acts, midway games, rides, and an outdoor theater to watch movies under the stars. Many more attractions were added over the years, but in 1961 it was destroyed by another massive hurricane. It was damaged again by Hurricane Ike in 2008. But the Pier endured and opened again in 2012.

The current Pleasure Pier far outshines the predecessors and is one of the most popular attractions in Galveston today.

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The Many Attractions At The Pleasure Pier

There are a wealth of attractions at the Pleasure Pier for everyone to enjoy. It boasts Sixteen rides, Midway Games, Texas' first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and much more. The end result is a massive amusement park on the shores of the Gulf.

It is a great destination for families with rides for kids of all ages (and sizes). There are wild activities that will keep the most avid amusement park-goer goggle-eyed. Some attractions include the Pirate's Plunge, the Rolling Carousel, the Texas Flyer, the Cyclone, the Sky Shooters, the Gulf Glider, Bumper Cars, and the Sea Dragon, to name a few.

The Pleasure Pier is not all about wild rides. There is plenty more to enjoy, from midway games like Ring Toss to the High Power Telescopes that see far into the distance. Alternatively, treat the kids with some face painting. There is ample seating and plenty of picnic tables.

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Planning A Visit To The Pleasure Pier

The Pleasure Pier is perfect for families and is great for a weekend excursion. The facilities are well maintained, and the complex is a pride of Galveston. There are also plenty of dining options to choose from - everything from Galveston's world-famous shrimp to the standard burgers, pizza, and hot dogs.

  • Address: 2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston Island, TX

Opening Hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10.00 am to 11.00 pm

Visitors can choose from purchasing entrance & ride passes or purchasing individual ride tickets, and walk-on passes.

Entrance and Ride Passes:

  • Adults: $26.99
  • Children: $19.99 (Under 18" Tall)

Parking is very limited in the area around the Pleasure Pier, but there are still some options. They also have their Premium Paid Parking Lot directly across from the Pier. More parking is available along the seawall.

Plan one's exciting day or weekend out at the Pleasure Pier with its official website. One will be hard-pressed to find waterfront fun and entertainment like this along the Gulf Coast.