Anyone who’s traveled to Galveston knows there is something special about the little Texas town: the Beach! For the largest state in the continental United States, Texas has only 367 miles of coastal land.
Galveston is an adorable and historic beach town with a tenacious spirit. Don’t forget, Galveston has survived it’s share of hurricane’s over the years.
The Strand – Historic Downtown Galveston
Away from the beach hotels and seafood restaurants, just a few blocks inland, is downtown Galveston, also called the Strand. Thanks to efforts over the years to save and restore several blocks of unique 19th century commercial buildings, the Downtown Strand Seaport District is now a revitalized, bustling and entertaining core of the community, with more than 100 restaurants, shops, historic attractions, antique stores and art galleries.
Listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1970, The Strand District encompasses mostly Strand and Mechanic streets from 20th to 25th streets.
The first buildings, constructed as early as the 1830s, were made of wood and often fell to fire and storms. Gradually replaced by brick buildings with sturdy iron-fronted facades, some managed to survive Galveston’s most horrific hurricane, the Great Storm of 1900, which practically decimated the island.
My favorite place on The Strand is La King’s Confectionery. La King’s is a throwback to the 1920’s soda fountain and sweet shop. There are lots of small tables inside to sit and chat with folks while you enjoy an ice cream, soda or some of the lovely homemade candy they make.
Planning a Visit to Galveston?
Our Association has members in and around Galveston and all along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Take a moment to consider our Texas Gulf Coast bed and breakfasts when planning your next trip.