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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.

For more information on Galveston see our port of embarkation information starting on page 92 of this guide, and visit http://www.galveston.com.

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Top Photo Slice: Pleasure Pier in Galveston (℗ 53359) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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