Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Texas, USA | CruiseBe
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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a Pleasure pier in Galveston, Texas, United States. Opened in Summer 2012, it has 1 roller coaster, 15 rides, carnival games and souvenir shops.


The new Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier was built 1,130 feet (340 m) out over the Gulf of Mexico waters. It had its "soft" opening on May 25, 2012.

The new pier complex is located where the original Pleasure Pier stood from 1943 until 1961, when it was destroyed by Hurricane Carla. The original Pleasure Pier featured rides, an arcade, an aquarium, concessions, a large ball room, named the Marine Ballroom, and fishing at the end of the pier. It was also the site of the USS Flagship Hotel, an over-the-water hotel built in 1965 that was demolished after Hurricane Ike in 2008.


Features at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier include:

  • Iron Shark — a steel roller coaster constructed by Gerstlauer, a 100 feet (30 m) tall coaster offering four inversions with a back section cantilevering over the water.
  • Sky Shooter — airborne shot ride.
  • Texas Star Flyer — swinging riders over the water 230 feet above the Gulf.
  • Galaxy Wheel — a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel, featuring programmable LED lights.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant.


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