With several cruise lines, ferries, beaches, fishing opportunities, sports, gardens and restaurants, Galveston, Texas, offers a variety of fun opportunities for both residents and tourists. The city claims proximity to 32 miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico, and it frequently hosts a variety of festivals and special events.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines dock at the Port of Galveston before taking passengers on trips to Mexico and the Caribbean. The Pier 21 Theater introduces visitors to a major event in Galveston's history, the great 1900 storm. Here, participants can watch a 27-minute video detailing the experiences of those who survived the disaster.
Moody Gardens hosts a variety of attractions appealing to guests of all age levels. These include the six-story IMAX 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, the Aquarium Pyramid and the Rainforest Pyramid. The latter is home to thousands of birds, fish and plants from the globe's warmer regions.
Pleasure Pier, which Amusement Today dubbed one of Earth's top-five seaside parks, is a large amusement park featuring a 1,130-foot-long pier, the Iron Shark Roller Coaster and a 100-foot tall Ferris Wheel. Texas' first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. started at the Pier. Restaurants and shops provide park visitors with a reprise from the fast-paced amusements and rides.