Five of the Best Things to Do at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

When traveling with the whole family, it can be challenging to find things to do that will make everyone happy. Put a smile on everyone’s face when you plan a day at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure PierHere, you’ll find rides, attractions, and restaurants that the entire family will love. For a dazzling display, visit in the evening when the rides light up against the night sky.  

Read on to learn more about what you can expect when planning a day at the pier. Then, be sure to request a free copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find everything you need to plan the perfect getaway on the peninsula.  

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5 of the Best Things You Can Do at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier  

1. Go for a Ride over the Gulf of Mexico  

Soar over the Gulf of Mexico on a thrilling rollercoaster ride. Relax on the Ferris wheel and take in the bird’s eye view of guests gathering on the pier. Spin in circles in a Texas teacup. There are so many fun and exciting rides that children (and adults) of all ages can enjoy at the Historic Pleasure Pier. Some of our favorite rides include:  

  • Texas Star Flyer 
  • Iron Shark Rollercoaster  
  • Pirate’s Plunge 
  • Revolution 
  • Galaxy Wheel 
  • Sea Dragon 
  • & more!  

2. Enjoy Dinner with a View at the Best Restaurants 

If you’re in the mood for Cajun-style shrimp, a juicy cheeseburger, or fair favorites such as funnel cakes, then you’re in luck. Even the pickiest eaters will find something to satisfy their appetite at the pier’s restaurants. Grab a quick bite to eat at one of the following:  

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  
  • Big Top Bites 
  • Slices & More  
  • Carousel Court Sweets  
  • Brew Station 
  • Sweet Scoops  

3. Shop ’til You Drop Along the Pier  

There is no better way to remember your time spent with your family at the pier than by bringing a souvenir home with you! Peruse the shops for themed ride apparel, nostalgic candies, and so much more!  

4. Step Right up for a Chance to Win a Prize  

Wouldn’t you love to bring home a giant stuffed animal? Then, step right up! Try your hand at some of the Midway Games for a chance to win a prize! Step right up for Whack-a-Mole, Big Shot Hoops, Ring Toss, and more.  

5. Embark on a 5D Theater Adventure  

Witness a giant Megalodon shark attack or embark on an adventure through a forgotten, underground mine. The 5D Theater Adventures are perfect for families looking for a thrilling experience they won’t soon forget.  


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