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Pier 21 in Galveston Texas
08 Apr

Eight Things To Do At Pier 21

1. Stay a Night Harbor Side at the Harbor House Hotel & Marina
You never have to leave the Pier when you book a room at Harbor House Hotel and Marina. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a design magazine with the stylish décor and pops of bold orange throughout the hotel. And a plus, guests have beach and poolside access at the Hotel Galvez & Spa with a free shuttle ride at your convenience.

2. Step Aboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Experience a piece of history up close and personal as you step aboard the ELISSA. This beautiful three-masted, iron-hulled tall ship was built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is one of only three of her kind that still sail today. We recommend that you give the audio tour a listen. It’s fascinating.

3. Tour The Texas Seaport Museum
Located right next to the Elissa, The Texas Seaport Museum tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Look for ancestors with a one-of-a-kind computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, "The Ellis Island of the West."

4. Watch a Movie!
Pier 21 Theater is a family-friendly venue that offers three documentary films for history buffs and curious visitors alike. The movies highlight major events that occurred on Galveston Island including The Great Storm of 1900 that ravaged the island—killing 6,000 people, The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte, and Galveston: Gateway to the Gulf which chronicles immigration through Galveston Island.

5. Take an Exhilarating Ride on a Jet Boat
Get the thrill of a lifetime on a high-speed jet boat ride through the harbor. Galveston Water Adventures offers 20 minutes of adrenaline pumping fun complete with photo packages so you can remember the look on your face when the boat hit top speeds.

6. Dolphin Watching
Take a trip on one of the Baywatch Dolphin Tours and see dolphins up close in their natural habitat. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is an activity enjoyed by all ages!

7. Tour an Offshore Oil Rig
Take a look into the world of the offshore oil and gas industry at The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center. Explore all three floors of the retired jack-up drilling rig and view a video about the offshore industry.

8. Watch the Sunset Over the Harbor
Galveston is home to breathtaking sunsets and what better place to soak in the natural beauty, than on the patio of one of Pier 21's restaurants or during a sunset cruise with Galveston Water Adventures.

Pier 21® is a waterfront entertainment and dining area located on Galveston’s historic harbor in The Historic Strand Seaport Area. Pier 21® offers diverse waterfront dining, a variety of attractions including harbor tours, a documentary theater, and museums as well as Harbor House, the only hotel and marina on Galveston’s harbor.