A Complete Guide to Galveston Island’s Historic Pleasure Pier


Galveston is a historic island just above Houston and is famous for its beaches and attractions. There was even once a pirate colony on Galveston Island (historic sites of the pirate colony can be found today). One of Galveston’s many attractions is the Historic Pleasure Dock. There are tons of thrilling rides, games, food vendors, and every other kind of family attraction you can think of.

The Pleasure Pier is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Galveston, especially if visiting with family. Next time in Houston, treat the family to a fun-filled day at the island’s historic Pleasure Pier and make lasting family memories.


The Enduring History of the Historic Pleasure Pier

The Pleasure Pier traces its history over more than 100 years. In 1900, the Great Storm hit the coast (one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in American history). In response, a seventeen feed high sea wall was built to raise the elevation of the southern edge of the island and protect the island.

  • The Great Storm: Beaten Galveston in 1900

In 1906 Galveston Electric Park opened and became the “Coney Island of the South” and was the largest resort in the western half of the country. There were roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, live music, an electric swing and more, including “moving picture shows”.

  • Galveston Power Park: The region’s first major attraction and largest resort

The original Pleasure Pier originated during World War II as a facility for military personnel and their families (it cost $1.5 million to build). At the time, it was the largest such park in the United States.

  • Original Pleasure Jetty: 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 other attractions have been added over the years, but in 1961 it was destroyed by another massive hurricane. It was again damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. But the pier held its own and reopened in 2012.

The current Pleasure Pier far surpasses its predecessors and is now one of Galveston’s most popular attractions.

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Pleasure Pier’s Many Attractions

There are a multitude of attractions at the Pleasure Pier for everyone to enjoy. It features sixteen rides, Midway Games, Texas’ first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and more. The end result is a huge amusement park on the shores of the gulf.

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

The Pleasure Pier is not all wild rides. There’s plenty more to enjoy, from halfway games like Ring Toss to high-powered telescopes that see far into the distance. Otherwise, treat children with makeup. There are plenty of seats and plenty of picnic tables.

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Plan a visit to the pleasure pier

The Pleasure Pier is perfect for families and is ideal for a weekend excursion. The facilities are well maintained and the resort is a pride of Galveston. There are also plenty of dining options to choose from – ranging from world famous Galveston shrimp to standard burgers, pizzas and hot dogs.

  • Address: 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island, TX

Opening hours:

  • From Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Visitors can choose to purchase entry and ride passes or purchase individual ride tickets and walk-in passes.

Passes and Passes:

  • Adults: $26.99
  • Children: $19.99 (under 18″)

Parking is very limited in the area around the Pleasure Pier, but there are still a few options. They also have their Premium paid parking directly in front of the pier. More parking is available along the dike.

Plan an exciting day or weekend at the Pleasure Pier with its official site. Waterfront fun and entertainment like this will be hard to find along the Gulf Coast.


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