Strand Historic District
The street labeled “The Strand” is actually named Avenue B, which runs parallel to Galveston Bay. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976 for its unparalleled collection of commercial Victorian architecture in Texas, and its role as the state’s major port in the 19th century. Today “the Strand” is generally used to refer to the entire five-block business district between 20th and 25th streets in downtown Galveston, very close to the city’s wharf.
Galveston’s Historic Strand District, or The Strand, is the heart of the island and a great place to shop, dine and be entertained. Fronting Galveston Bay, The Strand is a National Historic Landmark that harkens back to Galveston’s heyday in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many of the buildings here are more than a century old, stunning in their detail and craftsmanship. Storefronts here are a mix of antique shops, art galleries, souvenir shops and more. The Strand is also home to an assortment of restaurants, from Mexican to seafood. And be sure to stop in at La King’s Confectionery for a sweet treat.
The Strand serves as the commercial center of downtown Galveston. In and around the district are nightclubs, hotels and much more. There are also a number of entertainment options, including the Ocean Star Offshore Energy Center and Museum, Pier 21 Theater, the Texas Seaport Museum and the tall ship Elissa.
The Strand is also the center of Galveston Mardi Gras festivities, the annual holiday celebration Dickens on the Strand and other seasonal festivals and activities. The charming Victorian-era buildings of the Historic Downtown District beckon visitors with their ornate iron balconies and whimsical painted signs. The magnificent buildings, which date back to the late 1800s, are striking examples of this wealthy port town once dubbed the “Wall Street of the South.” Fortunately, many of these buildings survived the 1900 Storm without significant damage. Downtown encompasses four distinct areas, each with their own appeal – The Strand, Pier 21, Postoffice Street, and West Market. It also hosts some of Galveston’s biggest festivals and events.