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“Many cute shops and antique stores”
Review of The Strand

The Strand
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$155.00*
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Galveston Island and Houston sightseeing Tour
Ranked #3 of 101 things to do in Galveston
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Owner description: A lively strip in the heart of historic Galveston feautures pubs, delis and specialty shops.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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“Many cute shops and antique stores”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We toured the Strand in the morning and evening. For the best parking deal, park in the RR Museum lot , tour the RR Museum and put your receipt on the car then spend the day walking the downtown area.

Visited August 2013
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Lake Atitlan
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Historic district showcased and preserved”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

The historic district of Galveston has been lovingly preserved for all to enjoy. The area is full of fun shops, restaurants, clubs, and other attractions. I am glad they still have the old Army Surplus store from the "old days" before they gentrified the place.

Visited October 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good way to spend some time”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you are taking a cruise out of Galveston, and have a little time to spend before you board the ship, shopping on the Strand is a good choice. Most of the tourist shops are located on 2 streets and you can cover the entire area in about 2 hours. The shops cater to tourists, obviously, and a lot of the items for sale are beach-themed. However, there are a couple of good restaurants in the area as well.
If you love Fiesta dishes, there is a charming little store that offers all the unique colors and retired pieces. Kind of pricey for me personally, but I am not a collector.

Visited October 2013
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Round Rock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Waste of time.”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Strand used to be a nice place to hang out, buy cool stuff and eat good food. Now it seems they want to turn this into something of a mix of Austin's 6th Street and Fredericksburg. It has lost is local charm.

Visited October 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Historic buildings, tourist shops and restaurants”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you know a lot about historic buildings, and/or if you really like shopping for "gifts" and other tourist items, at tourist prices, then this is the place for you, and you would likely give it a higher rating than I have. By way of full disclosure, I don't know much about historic buildings and I have a reasonable but limited tolerance for highly-priced tourist items. So, I mildly enjoyed spending a morning here with our group, looking at the items in the shops, which were sometimes interesting, sometimes quality, sometimes junky, and always highly-priced. Some of the painted, decorative, iron store-fronts were pretty, obviously historical, and interesting; there were also vacant lots and empty or abandoned buildings scattered among the old historical storefronts, which kind of interrupted the overall feel of the place. There was a good selection of restaurants, and also bars although we were traveling with kids so didn't really need or want those.

Visited October 2013
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