Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook
Thanks for previewing PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call guidebook ...
PassPorter's LIVE Edition is always up-to-date and is filled with helpful trip planning tools that help you decide where to stay, what to do, and where to eat! Searching the entire book is fast and easy! Save and sort bookmarks, mark favorite attractions and eateries by traveler, add personal notes that integrate with your guide, and plan the perfect trip!
More Exploring in Galveston
More Exploring in Galveston
Galveston is home to several grand, historic homes. All are some distance from The Strand, and some may be open for tours, depending on the day and season. Broadway is home to Moody Mansion by 26th St., Ashton Villa by 23rd (also site of the Galveston Island Visitors Center), and Bishop’s Palace at 14th. All these, and many other historical sites and museums, are operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Visit http://galvestonhistory.org or call 409-765-7834.
The latest addition to Galveston’s entertainment and tourism round-up is Historic Pleasure Pier, which opened in May 2012. A project of Landry’s, the folks behind Rainforest Cafe and Kemah Boardwalk (Landry’s CEO is a Galveston native), the pier revives an old city landmark destroyed by a hurricane. 16 classic amusement rides, midway games, gifts and foods, plus a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant fill the pier, and four other Landry’s restaurants are nearby. Basic pier admission ($10/48” and up, $8/under 48”) does not include rides. Individual ride tickets are $4 and up, or get an All-Day Ride Pass for $27/$22 that includes pier admission. The amusements are open on a variable schedule during the fall and winter, but expect the restaurant and some retail shops to be open even when the rides are closed, without a ticket. 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. Visit http://www.pleasurepier.com or call 855-789-7437.
As Disney Cruise Line sails from Galveston during the cooler months, beaches may not be high on your list. Lifeguards are only on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and some beachfront parks close altogether. The Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees operates most Gulf beaches and parks. Visit http://galvestonparkboard.org. • The board also runs Dellanera RV Park, offering both day parking and overnight hookups, right on the beachfront, year-round 888-425-4753. • Out west beyond the resorts and historic districts, along the Farm to Market Highway (FM 3005), lie over 20 miles of sandy Gulf beachfront, salt marshes, and bayous, interspersed with residential development. Most of these homes stand on stilts to survive storm waters. This area is a prime refuge for shore and migratory birds. Galveston Island State Park, about 8 miles west of town, offers trails, boardwalks, and beachfront birding opportunities on the Gulf and Galveston Bay ($5 admission ages 12+, open year-round). • Closer at hand, Big Reef Nature Park, on the east end of the island, is another prime birding site, though it’s closed from mid-October through February.
Top Photo Slice: Pleasure Pier in Galveston (℗ 53359) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
You are viewing page 246, which is section 18 of chapter 7 of PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line guidebook.
Previous Page | Next Page
LIVE! Guide Tools
My Topic Flags
My Personal Notes
My Checked Port Adventures
My Trip Details
My Budget Worksheet
My Gratuities Worksheet
My Cruise Reservation Worksheet
My Travel Worksheet
My Packing List
My Souvenir Worksheet
Print Friendly Page
Download Full Book