Pleasure on the Pier

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(Last Updated On: November 29, 2013)
Galveston’s Historic Pleasure Pier opened its doors for a sneak preview in June and is attracting tourists for a day of exhilarating rides, delicious eats and great family fun and relaxation.

Located on the former site of the Flagship Hotel, the 1130  ft. long 120 ft. wide amusement park development, features 16 rides for guests of all ages, three retail shops and a large selection of midway style games.

Since the opening, the Pier has attracted large crowds of park goers with its family-friendly line up of attractions.

“We have something for everyone,” says Mark Kane, regional director of Landry’s theme park division.

The Kid Zone, for the younger set, includes four kiddie rides, including the Big Wheel Truck Ride, Texas Tea Cup, Frog Hopper and Kiddie Bumper Cars.

Tourists can enjoy the exhilarating heights of the Texas Star Flyer, the tallest swing ride in the state of Texas or hold on tight for a thrilling ride on the Iron Shark, the area’s first steel, waterside rollercoaster or a splash of watery fun on the Pirate’s Plunge, one of the park’s most popular rides.

The Carousel,  a double decker carousel brings back the nostalgia of an old-fashioned country fair while the Sea Dragon and the Revolution take riders on a swinging journey over the bay waters.

The Pier is site of the first Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in the state of Texas,  offering a variety of tasty seafood dishes.  Tourists on the run also can savor select menu items by ordering from Gump on the Run, the establishment’s quick-service restaurant.

Three retailers, Pelican’s Bags, Lolli & Pop’s Candy Shoppe and Gifts at Pleasure Pier, invite park goers to pick up souvenirs and momentos, as well as sweet treats to commemorate their visit to the park.

For turkey legs, burgers and fries, hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza  and the traditional amusement park fare stop by Big Top Bites or  Slices & More or satisfy your sweet tooth at Carousel Court Sweets.

The park also has brought new employment opportunities to the Galveston area.

“We feel like we are having a pretty good economic impact and we are giving people an extra reason to stay during the week in Galveston,” says Kane.

At night the Pier is fully illuminated from the lighting on various rides including the Galaxy Wheel, a 100 ft. ferris wheel with LED lighting.

“It has a family-friendly, nostalgic feel with some traditional amusement park attributes. The smells, the sounds, the lights and the overall atmosphere is a throwback to the 50s and 60s,” says Kane.

A special section at the back of the Pier will serve as a Party Zone for adults to enjoy live musical entertainment, big screen television scereenings of everything from Monday night football to the Academy Awards. The area has its own BBQ restaurant with draft beer and wine-based drinks. Companies can rent special party rooms for company picnics or private parties.

“It is a great place to sit back, watch a football game, listen to some music, have a glass of wine or have a daiquiri while your kids are out shakin’ themselves up on the rides.

It is unlike anything else in Southeast Texas. You’ve got the Kemah Boardwalk that has its unique atmosphere and you’ve got Galveston Isle Historic Pleasure Pier where it is all about the rides and excitement,” says Kane.

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