Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Galeveston Pier Logo.png
Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas.jpg
LocationGalveston, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates29°17′12″N 94°47′24″W / 29.286614°N 94.789910°W / 29.286614; -94.789910Coordinates: 29°17′12″N 94°47′24″W / 29.286614°N 94.789910°W / 29.286614; -94.789910
OwnerLandrys, Inc.
OpenedMay 25, 2012 (2012-05-25)
Roller coasters1

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.[1][2][3][4][5]


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.[6]

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.[2] 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.

Before the renovation there had been almost no maintenance in over 70 years, resulting in the pier having exposed reinforcing steel with accelerated corrosion and concrete spalling at piles, beams, joists, and reflective overhead flat plates.[7] Because of this, extensive structural concrete restoration was needed. Repairs were eventually completed using shotcrete struck and finished in alignment with pre-existing materials making up the pier.[8]


Concept art of the park.
Pleasure Pier entrance in Galveston, Texas
The new Pleasure Pier in 2012.

Features at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier include:[2][3]

Current Attractions[edit]

Ride Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Other Notes
Big Wheelin 2012 Kiddie Ferris Wheel
Carousel 2012 Chance Rides 36' Double Decker Carousel Double-Decker Carousel
Cyclone 2012 Larson International Fireball
Frog Hopper 2012 S&S Worldwide Kiddie Ride
Galaxy Wheel 2012 Chance Rides Ferris Wheel Ride
Gulf Glider 2012 Zierer Wave Swinger Ride
Iron Shark 2012 Gerstlauer / Euro-Fighter
Pier Pileup 2012 Bertazzon Rides / Bumper cars[10]
Pirate's Plunge 2012 Interlink Log Flume
Revolution 2012 Chance Rides Revolution 20 Thrill Ride
Rock & Roll 2012 Bertazzon Rides / Matterhorn Ride[10]
Sea Dragon 2012 Chance Rides Pharaoh's Fury Ride
Sky Shoes 2012 SBF-Visa Group Airborne Shot
Texas Star Flyer 2012 FunTime Industries Star Flyer Thrill Ride
Texas Tea Cups 2012 Zamperla Tea Cups Ride

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. "Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier". Facebook. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kaplan, David (January 28, 2012). "Historic Galveston amusement pier to rise again". News Article. Houston Chronicle.
  3. ^ a b c Aulds, T.J. (January 28, 2012). "Landry's Corp. is close to revealing plans". News Article. Galveston Daily News. Archived from the original on January 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "Landry's set to unveil Galveston Pleasure Pier plans". News Article. Houston Business Journal. January 28, 2012.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Brady (February 9, 2012). "Galveston Pleasure Pier brings thrill rides back to Texas coast". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  6. ^ Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (May 23, 2012). "HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT..." Facebook. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
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  9. ^ Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (October 28, 2011). "Construction..." Facebook. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Pleasure returns to Galveston Island". Park World Magazine. 15 March 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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