The Strand
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The Strand is a charming historic district in Galveston, lined with ornate late 1800s buildings and filled with restaurants, art galleries, museums, shops, bars, and more. Here, you try some old-school candy at La King’s Confectionery, shop for souvenirs, visit the Pier 21 theater, take a horse-drawn carriage, or learn about history at the Railroad Museum. Explore the area on a segway tour, or uncover its dark side on a ghost tour. Plan your visit during Mardi Gras in February when The Strand is taken over with parades, music, and parties. – Tripadvisor
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  • tabowyer
    42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Typical beach shopping district
    We basically went here to take a picture in front of the Galveston mural and kill some time until dinner. It’s a neat area, but we didn’t really see anything unique. Very similar to other tourist beach shopping districts all over the world. Kids will love stopping at the ice cream and candy confectionery.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Canukvisitor
    Burlington, Canada4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing trip
    One of my favourite places to visit. The Tremont House hotel was fabulous. Even though we arrived on the weekend of the biker's rally we really enjoyed our time here and could have spent more than 2 nights to see everything. It is a bit tricky if you don't have a vehicle but we managed.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • AdelineF48236
    New City, New York10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Varied experiences in Galveston
    Walking along the beach was very enjoyable. Don’t miss the Henry Moore sculpture memorial to those lost in the 1900 hurricane. Our trip to the Visitor’s Center was helpful. We were given a brochure off the self guided tour of historic homes downtown as well as a booklet guiding us to the dozens of wooden sculptures made from trees destroyed in hurricanes. That was a special treat. Visit the historic Hotel Galvez and try to have a meal there.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Bryant
    Bluffton, South Carolina6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mini New Orleans shopping area
    Beautiful old shopping district in Galveston, about a 5 block walk from Tremont hotel and Cruise terminals. Staying in the city for just 1 night, we thought this was the best area to roam and were not disappointed. It reminded my partner of downtown NewOrleans with the architecture, shops, and lovely atmosphere. The bars and restaurants were not very crowded which made it easy to see it all!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
  • Natalie1204
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India7,617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint, historic
    Definitely one of the prettiest little seaports / beach towns I’ve seen. The place is charming and reeks of history. It can be a bit challenging to find parking over the weekend, but on a week day, you should be fine. If you’re in Galveston, you must go downtown, and if you like history/seaports, then visit, even if you’re in the Houston or Texas city area. It’s quaint and reeks of charm and history
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2024
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Disneylovers2000
Canada177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We found this to be a nice way to spend a morning having coffee and going for a walk but most of the stores have the same sort of tourist items in them. We found that after being on one side of the street, that the stores on the other side offered pretty much the same fair. Stopped at the beef jerky store, expensive but delicious. You are able to purchase alcoholic beverages and stroll the street and stores while consuming them, be beware, public restrooms are not available anywhere except in one building at the VERY end of the street. This was a turnoff. Did it once, probably wouldn't go back if we ever returned to the area.
Written January 19, 2020
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AKzoom
Houston, TX61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Lucky for us- a wide choice of dining selections, creative art galleries to explore, hotel accomodations, entertaining services and a good variety of unique purchases are available along a very walkable area in Galveston. Rest a moment on a bench, taste yummy ice cream and chocolate. Life along The Strand continues growing as more people make this a destination.
Written February 2, 2020
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Paul G
Tucson, AZ3,802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Not a extensive area therefore it is quite easy to walk and enjoy all that The Strand has to offer.

The many restaurants, shops and attractions all combine to insure a welcome mat for all.

There is parking available, however, you must use a credit card ( no cash) in both lots and on the street. Be aware that they take parking very seriously and if you do not pay or stay over the alotted time, you WILL BE TOWED.
Written April 6, 2021
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James S
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Worth a one-time visit. A couple of blocks worth of quaint shops and eateries. Several good restaurants and pubs. Very little parking. If spending only three or four nights in Galveston Island I would recommend one afternoon/evening at the Strand and then spend the rest along the seawall and many beaches.
Written February 9, 2020
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EFW2014
Woolwich, ME1,448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This area is nice, old buildings and such. Looks like it’s cool to walk around with an open beer. Almost all the shops sell it! I found the shops to be a bit pricey. One snap was selling banana boat sun screen for $15!
Written March 3, 2020
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Amanda P
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Local here. The Strand is a lot of fun--There are stores and restaurants for everyone; my personal favorites are The Witchery, La King's Confectionary, Galveston Bookshop, Skinsational Body Products and Taquilo's (a Tex Mex restaurant). I also took a lantern light ghost tour in The Strand last October and the history of the buildings is fascinating!
Written January 4, 2020
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marinementors
Fort Lauderdale, FL84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We spent several hours walking the streets in the old town. The architecture was stunning on many of the buildings. We found zero free parking so a spot down on Pier 21 was $10 daily. Many shops and restaurants were open. We walked the Pier area as well, and up and down 3 streets. The visit was enjoyable and once Cruise ships return I image it would be very busy.
Written May 27, 2021
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carl H
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If going on a cruise out of Galveston consider adding a day to see this Island up close as well. The strand is an old original building area with architectural beauty holding various variety of shopping , dinning beverage indulging pleasures. Wandering in and out of these stores one will find so much of either souvenir based goodies or one of a kind take home fun you will find the food or drink offerings a needed break along your steps. Clean conditions for such a rustic local. Just off the Strand but walking distance is a rail museum one would not expect there. The cruise ships are just behind the Strand and also a simple walk to take pictures and admire the grandeur of many! We had some great Mexican food on the strand at a little hole in the wall and a cold beer. When we were there the city trolly was down due to an event but this trolly takes you to the cities boardwalk fun ride location across town. This is an old town and for those who like history would be worth that extra day stay.
Written May 2, 2023
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Michael S
Spring, TX67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Today we stopped at The Strand after visiting the Galveston State Park for hiking. Sunday was free parking but we accidently paid so pay attention to what day it is! There are so many restaurants and shops to visit on the Strand it is well worth the visit with just the family or relatives or friends visiting. Very nice, like visiting Old Town Spring. Allow enough time to venture off into areas off the main Strand as there are all kinds of things to experience.
Written October 25, 2020
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Tera
Oklahoma City, OK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Very cool area, lots of shops and history. Definitely vist LaKings Confectionery for lots of goodies and awesome ice cream sundaes - however, super crowded, no social distancing, and very few with masks; protect yourself if you go if covid is a concern for you. The Dolphin World in the strand has some good stuff, but priced double of what the Dolphin World near Pleasure Pier charged, which is not too far away. There is a lot to see, loved the outdoor square where locals sold there products! We rented ebikes from Zipp E Bikes and they were so much fun to ride around and look at everything; you can even ride them to the sea wall and along the beach.
Written June 30, 2021
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