A Guide to the Galveston Strand Historic District

A Guide to the Galveston Strand Historic District

Are you looking for more things to do in Galveston beyond the stunning white-sand beaches? The Strand Historic District may be the perfect place to pass the time.

What to Know About The Strand

The Strand historical area lies at the heart of Galveston's downtown and runs parallel to the waterfront. This walkable neighborhood has earned designation as a National Historic Landmark. Its ornate architecture dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s when the town was a bustling tourist area for cruise ship passengers.

A local businessman and his wife embarked on a mission to rejuvenate the area in the 1980s. Today, The Strand Historic District is one of the most well-preserved collections of Victorian-era architecture nationwide, and the busy port still serves roughly 2 million passengers annually.

Where to Find the Historic Strand District

The Strand district starts at 2100 Strand Street in downtown Galveston. Metered street parking is often available, and several parking lots and garages are nearby. There is generally no entry fee to stroll through and marvel at the buildings' magnificent detail and artisanship or browse its quaint shops. Exceptions may apply during special events.

Galveston Strand Restaurants to Discover

This charming historic district boasts numerous restaurants to tempt your palate, and there are options for any craving you might have. You can find authentic Tex-Mex cuisine and wittily named modern takes on classic pizza. With Galveston Bay a mere stone's throw away, fresh seafood is plentiful. Enjoy freshly shucked Gulf oysters, a traditional Cajun po'boy or an upscale surf and turf dinner.

The Strand also offers several shops to satisfy your sweet tooth. Head to the confectionary for decadent pralines made with irresistible Texas pecans or sample an old-fashioned ice cream soda. You can also find taffy, handcrafted chocolates and fudge.

Special Events on The Strand

The Strand is home to some of the town's best-loved and most-attended special events.

Each spring, the area hosts Mardi Gras in Galveston two weeks before Lent begins. This extravagant celebration features parades, costumed revelers, live music and themed menus. You can also take part in the exchange of over 3 million beads!

Late summer and fall is festival time on The Strand! Come hungry and enjoy the Gumbo Stroll at the island's annual Shrimp Festival. If you're a bike owner or enthusiast, you can admire motorcycles from all over the nation at the Lone Star Rally. This event is the country's largest four-day motorcycle rally and typically draws about 400,000 people and 150,000 bikes.

In winter, witness The Strand's transformation into a Victorian wonderland as Dickens on The Strand arrives. You can enjoy strolling carolers, costumed revelers, daily parades and live music and entertainment.

Other Strand Places and Activities

Stop by Saengerfest Park during your visit to The Strand. It is home to a colorful “Greetings from Galveston” mural that makes the perfect backdrop for a post-worthy social media selfie. You can grab a bite to eat or a cold beverage at one of the many eateries and bars surrounding this park.

Learn more about the area's history in comfort and style with a carriage ride through the historic downtown. Several providers are available to make your journey memorable.

Galveston Strand Shops to Browse

As the city's primary shopping district, The Strand is home to quaint shops offering plenty of wares. Treat yourself to some new beachwear or find vintage jewelry in the antique stores. Pick up trinkets for friends and family at the souvenir shops, or give your home a new adornment with an original piece of artwork.

Other Nearby Areas to Explore

Saengerfest Park is also home to a trolley stop, making it easy for you to explore nearby areas. Hop onboard and visit nearby attractions and areas like Pier 21, several museums and the Postoffice Street arts district.

Where to Stay to Visit The Strand in Galveston

Accommodations are one of the key decisions you make when planning to visit The Strand. You'll want a place that is convenient for taking in all the area offers while still allowing you to escape the town's bustle in comfortable surroundings. You will find that experience at Galveston Island KOA Holiday, where you can choose from options like level RV Sites and Deluxe Cabins with a private bath.

There are many amenities to enjoy when you are not out exploring the town or relaxing on the pristine white-sand beaches. Compete in some friendly games of horseshoes, cornhole or pickleball. You can also take a float in the heated pool or lazy river. You can even bring your favorite canine companion along since there are pet-friendly accommodations and a KampK9® dog park to run in.

Reserve Your Stay at Galveston Island KOA Holiday

The spacious setting, natural surroundings and plentiful amenities at Galveston Island KOA Holiday create the perfect home base for visiting The Strand and other area attractions. Make your reservation online today and get one step closer to your ideal Galveston stay!

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