Island Attractions – Historic Strand District
Suntime Water Sports
The entire family will enjoy the thrill and excitement of right angle turns, accelerated speeds, and “The Hamilton Spin”, a maneuver that spins the boat 360° on its axis throwing a head high wall of water into the air.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig which now serves as a museum and educational facility. From geological exploration, to drilling, to oil and gas production, you will see offshore drilling equipment, exhibits and videos on three levels of this refurbished offshore drilling rig.
Haunted Mayfield Manor
Haunted Mayfield Manor is the home of Dr. Horace Mayfield, once a respected doctor, upcoming community leader, and son of a prominent physician in Galveston.Dr. Mayfield pursued a career in general medicine to follow in his father’s footsteps, however his first love was the study of the mental capacity and mental illnesses of humans. During his tenure as a public physician, he began to perform experiments on his unwitting patients. His experiments involved the study of the impact of fearful situations on individuals.
During the great Hurricane of 1900, Dr. Mayfield – who was engaged to be married prior to the storm – lost his bride, the lovely blonde Sara Stone. He also lost his parents, including his mother – the bedridden Lenora Mayfield – and his father, Dr. Horatio Mayfield. Most importantly to the young Dr. Horace Mayfield, all his research documentation was also lost in the great storm.
It is said that witnessing the death and destruction of the great storm – together with his own personal loss – drove the doctor insane.
His madness continues to this day as he tries to recoup his losses and continue his research. You are invited to participate in that ongoing research…
Pier 21 Theater
Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Drive on the 2nd floor, above Willie G’s. Entrance is located on south-east corner of building. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time. No late seating is allowed. Discounts for prearranged group tours. 409-763-8808 for more information.
Galveston Historical Foundation has created Galveston’s newest downtown urban green space, Hendley Green. GHF began work in 2013 to design a public park that would both accommodate outdoor community activities, while also highlighting the history of the Strand-Mechanic Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.
Pier 21 is a waterfront entertainment and dining area located on Galveston’s historic harbor in The Historic Strand Seaport Area.
Saengerfest Park is a small square park located on the corner of 23rd Street and The Strand in Galveston’s Historic Strand District.
Saengerfest Park is known for having a large, playable chess set, a large compass which can be used as a seat, wooden benches, an old-fashioned London-style phone booth, and a stage used for movie and music nights throughout the year. The park also hosts a number of events associated with Island festivals, including Dickens on The Strand, Mardi Gras! Galveston, and more.
Shrimp ‘N Stuff
Shrimp ‘N Stuff Restaurant opened in 1976 and quickly became known as “the place where the locals love to eat.” In these past 38 years, they’ve had many guests visiting the Island from across the U.S. who say they wished they had found Shrimp ‘N Stuff the first day they arrived! The sparkling new Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown is now open on 23rd Street, steps from The Strand.
Huli Huli Hut
Huli Huli Hut is a sparkling, Hawaiian-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a full bar in a beautiful tropical setting.Breakfast options include robust breakfast burritos, a variety of omelets, traditional plates, and French toast.
Serving up one of the best Mexican breakfasts on the Island and offering everything from breakfast burritos to migas, chorizo or if you prefer traditional eggs, bacon and potatoes there is something for everyone.
Sky Bar Steak N Sushi
Sky Bar Steak & Sushi is where East meets West! Guests can enjoy the ultimate dining experience in a sexy, romantic setting that stimulates the senses with an edgy warm colorful feel that perfectly complements their exceptional food and service .
Few restaurants deliver the quality, atmosphere and personal attention that Saltwater Grill serves up daily. Featuring incredible gourmet cuisine in a quaint, elegant-yet-exciting atmosphere, Saltwater Grill is conveniently located in the heart of bustling downtown Galveston Island directly across the street from the Opera House.
Shrimp from this very place was served to President John F. Kennedy at the White House. In 1966, the current building was constructed to meet the growing demand for Galveston shrimp, which many have acclaimed as the “best shrimp on Earth.” The proprietor’s wife started serving Shrimp Po-boys to the workers in 1970, and the rest is history!
Harborside Mercantile is a quaint new restaurant brought to you by Ricky Craig, of Houston’s Hubcap Grill, and Joshua Martinez, former Chicken Ranch owner. The new eatery features Southern coastal food – including homestyle o’boys, muffuletta sandwiches, and seafood platters. The Mercantile purchases only the freshest local seafood each day, and let’s the day’s catch show up as specials. And the meats for the po-boys? Smoked on site.
Board Game Island
Board Game Island has a library of over 500 board games, card games, and puzzles that are open and ready for play. The friendly staff of gametenders can help you select and learn a game before taking your order for food and drinks. In addition to their library of games, Board Game Island also serves good food, as well as domestic and craft beers, and wines. They offer a café style menu with a variety of soft drinks, coffee and espresso, smoothies, hot and cold sandwiches, pizzas, and baked goods.
Oasis Juice Bar & Market
Oasis Juice Bar & Market is located in downtown Galveston, and offers fresh juices, innovative smoothies, fine teas, fair trade organize coffees, fresh produce, organic & natural foods, as well as baked goods and flowers.Everything on the menu is made to order, and all lunch specials and daily soups are small batch items. This means they can run out, and they take a little more time and care to make.
Crow’s Southwest Cantina & Bar
Crow’s Cantina Bar and Grill is an excellent place for people watching, drinkin’, and fun. Crow’s has become well known to locals and cruise ship passengers for some of the best live music on the Island, and for its excellent Strand location, literally steps from the Cruise Terminal.
Experience Island Carriages’ Victorian Excursion, a tour of Galveston’s East End Historical District. A horse-drawn carriage will guide you along tree-lined streets providing you a vantage point to note architectural details of these era mansions.
Seahorse and Classic Carriages
Imagine yourself back in the 1800’s traveling around famous Galveston Island on a horse and carriage; sit back and have a guided historic tour or take a quiet romantic ride. The choice is yours.
Flea by the Sea 409-762-0322
Vintage Galveston 409-939-1317
Galveston Old Time Photos 409-974-4723
Visker & Shriveners 512-782-9969
Admiralty Ocean Discoveries 409-766-1776
Busters Old Time Photos 409-497-2521
Hendley Market 409-762-2610
Kitchen Chick 409-497-2999