Pier 21 Galveston
Pier 21 is a waterfront entertainment and dining destination located on Galveston’s Historic Harbor in the Historic Strand Seaport area. Pier 21 offers a variety of attractions and restaurants, as well as, lodging at the Pier’s exclusive Harbor House Hotel and Marina. Mitchell Historic Properties owns and preserves seventeen buildings in the Strand National Historic Landmark District including Pier 21. For leasing information, call (409) 761-4110.
Museums and Attractions
Pier 21 Theater
Pier 21 Theater is a family friendly venue that offers three documentary films for history buffs and curious visitors alike. The movies highlight the major events of Galveston Island including The Great Storm of 1900 that ravaged the island, The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte which chronicles Galveston’s beloved pirate history, and Galveston-Gateway on the Gulf a story of immigration through Galveston. The Great Storm is a 27-minute documentary that tells the incredible story of the deadliest natural disaster in United States history through personal letters, photos and articles. The Great Storm and The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte are shown hourly and were directed by C. Grant Mitchell.
Ocean Star Offshore Oil Rig Museum
Visitors to the Ocean Star have the opportunity to explore an actual retired jack-up drilling rig. The museum features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration and production. Scale models of production platforms, actual drill bits and remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs), as well as, videos and exhibits explain drilling, geology, seismic, well servicing and production.
Texas Seaport Museum
Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Visitors may look for ancestors on its computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston. “The Ellis Island of the West.” The Texas Seaport Museum is also home to Galveston Harbor Tours which offers a one hour historic harbor and dolphin watch tour.
1877 Tall Ship Elissa
Share the adventure of the high seas on the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark which has also been designated one of America’s Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Walk Elissa’s decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world’s oceans. In the adjacent Texas Seaport Museum’s theater, witness the story of Elissa’s dramatic rescue from the scrap yard and her meticulous restoration.
Boat Tours and Rides
Galveston Water Adventures
Galveston Water Adventures provides an exhilarating Jet Boat thrill ride in the Texas sun and the chance to experience the “Hamilton Spin,” a maneuver that rotates the boat 360° on its axis while throwing a wall of water into the air. Riders will also experience the thrill of sharp right angle turns and accelerated speeds that will result in the boat ride of a lifetime. They also offer a two hour, adults only; sunset tour of Galveston’s Harbor or take an eco-tour and see Galveston’s bird and marine life on their pontoon boat.
Baywatch Dolphin Tours
The 34-foot boat offers a covered, air-conditioned interior and is considered a dolphin safe tour boat. Baywatch Tours offer daily 45-minute tours that allow guests to view the dolphins in their natural habitat during an informational tour of the harbor.
Texas Seaport Museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel, the Seagull II, is fast, stable, sheltered, and built specifically for harbor sight-seeing excursions and education. The boat is U.S. Coast Guard certified and her operators are fully licensed and knowledgeable about the history and lore of her home waters. An open upper deck affords a full panorama of water and sky.
A Texas-sized establishment, it is the perfect spot to unwind, conveniently situated next to the Strand National Historic Landmark District, the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa and the Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal. The menu features their famous Shrimp Kisses (bacon-wrapped and stuffed with jalapeño Jack cheese), as well as, an extensive selection of fresh fish, signature seafood platters, savory chicken dishes, pastas and perfectly prepared steaks. Enjoy a leisurely meal in one of the many dining areas—all of which boast splendid views of the harbor.
Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks
Overlooking the Harbor House Marina, Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks offers fresh fish specialties include Redfish Louisianne (blackened with crabmeat, crawfish and mushroom beurre blanc). Snapper Lafitte (blackened snapper topped with shrimp, crabmeat and avocado), and Grilled Salmon Ceretto. They are also known for their Stuffed Flounder filled with jumbo lump crabmeat.
Olympia Grill at Pier 21 is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant overlooking the Galveston harbor. This is the second location for the Kriticos brothers, Larry and Tikie, who have operated the popular Olympia Grill on Seawall Boulevard for many years. Olympia is known for its delicious Braised Lamb Shank, Pastitsio Greek Lasagna and Moussaka. The restaurant hosts a monthly Greek Night with belly dancers and live music. Best sunset view on the island.
Where to Stay
Harbor House Hotel and Marina
Only one hotel in Galveston overlooks the island’s working port and that is Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21. Harbor House sits on the site of an early Galveston Steamship Terminal and provides a unique vantage point for watching the activity of a working port. Harbor House is the preferred hotel for cruise ship passengers seeking pre and post cruise excursions on the island. In addition, this hotel is within walking distance to a wide array of attractions and nearby shops and restaurants. Nine boat slips, located adjacent to the hotel, welcome guests to sail in for a stay and enjoy all that Pier 21 and the nearby Strand District has to offer.
Galveston, TX 77550