Towering at the head of the Strand, the vast Railroad Museum boasts one of the largest restored railroad collections in the southwest, and one of the five largest in the country, with more then 20,000 railroad items, including more than 40 engines and cars. Saved from demolition by the Moody Foundation, this impressive Art Deco building was once the Union Passenger Depot. Now the waiting room is filled with life-size plaster models of "ghosts of travelers past" telling tales of their Victorian rail adventure when Galveston and its railroads were at the heart of Texas commerce.
Lone Star Flight Museum
The Lone Star Flight Museum is home to one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation. Over 40 restored aircraft are displayed and most are in working condition. The collection includes WWII Fighters, Bombers, Liaison Trainers, and Executive Planes.
Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop’s Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world.
Moody Mansion Museum
Bought by W.L. Moody six days after the 1900 storm (reportedly for "ten cents on the dollar"), this imposing 28,000-square-foot limestone and-brick mansion has 32 rooms filled with opulent furnishings and heirlooms from one of Texas's most powerful families.
Galveston Duck Tour
The Galveston Duck Tour is a unique way to see Galveston Island. On the Duck, you'll travel 40 blocks on Seawall Boulevard - overlooking the Gulf of Mexico - to Offats Bayou, where you'll then enter the water for a cruise across the bayou!
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, bringing a new standard of waterfront fun to the Gulf Coast. The $60 million destination boasts a theme park of family attractions, with rides, games of chance and skill, entertainment, great food venues and retail shops.
One of the most compelling reasons to love The Strand, Galveston is that it has a huge variety of fun activities for people young and old.
The historic strand district is filled with buildings that survived the 1900 storm and have been restored to offer a unique shopping and dining experience. An eclectic mix of shops offering antiques, clothing and unique gifts are interspersed with a variety of restaurants serving everything from hamburgers to Italian, Greek and Mexican dishes, and of course some of the regions’ best Seafood.
For more information, visit www.thestrand.com