The Strand

The Strand, Galveston: Hours, Address, The Strand Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Walking Areas
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A lively strip in the heart of historic Galveston feautures pubs, delis and specialty shops.
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,585 contributions
Family
We found free parking along Market and Post Office Streets close to 20th St. however you could only park for a maximum of two hours. It was just a few minutes walk from the Strand.

Do watch out for the curb heights to avoid damaging your car door as they were much higher than normal.

What made the Strand stand out was the utilization of original buildings with current shops, art galleries and restaurants. For history buffs like me, the city installed markers and plaque In front of many of these building which helped provide context and and significance that many other shopping areas don’t have.

Lots of outside dining and drinking so sidewalks were busy and added to the bustle as we wandered around the 5 blocks or so.

If you don’t feel like walking there was a trolley and trolley like bus that cruised through the Strand for just $1 a ride?
Written June 4, 2022
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Dave A
St. Louis, MO100 contributions
It was a great way for my wife and I to spend an afternoon on a nice day. We walked back and forth on the main drag, she enjoyed the shops, I took pictures of the architecture, there were plenty of places to eat and drink. Post Office street, just a few blocks over, is a little more upscale, and my wife bought an exceptional piece of pottery for a good price in one of the antique stores. We last visited in 2014 and it is better now. I hope it continues to thrive. Parking was not an issue.
Written March 25, 2021
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Paul G
Tucson, AZ3,889 contributions
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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Disneylovers2000
Canada177 contributions
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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bohste
Georgetown, TX905 contributions
My wife and I walked all around The Strand when we were in Galveston. It wasn't very crowded and I'm sure the coronavirus has not helped businesses in this famous, historice area of town. It's right near the cruise ship docks and with cruise ships not operating right now, it's not helping business there either. The historic buildings are always nice to see and some of the stores were open that we could go into. Of course, Dickens on The Strand is a big deal in the Houston area at Christmas time. Here's hoping that that darn COVID-19 goes away so these small businesses can get back to work.
Written June 22, 2020
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marinementors
Fort Lauderdale, FL78 contributions
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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Tammy R
Texas67 contributions
Fun area to shop. Disappointed that our favorite store with the handmade bath bombs ( in the building with the jerky and tea shop) was closed for some reason even though we were there during normal business hours. One of my other favorite stores was totally revamped, which was a disappointment too. They used to have a cool variety of stuff from fuzzy socks to candles and kitchen items. We did have fun discovering a few new store we hadn't visited before. Wear comfortable walking shoes!
Written October 5, 2021
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Tera
Oklahoma City, OK6 contributions
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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AKzoom
Houston, TX63 contributions
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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EFW2014
Woolwich, ME1,029 contributions
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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