Summer Fun 2012
In Photos

Pleasure Pier draws huge crowds, Mardi Gras talk and promises of roller coasters to come


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Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Landry's welcomed a throng of visitors to peruse the new Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier at 25th Street and Seawall. 

The Pier includes an amusement park, restaurants, games and shops suitable for the whole family. Stretching 1,130 feet over the water, visitors can get a great view of the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying the many attractions. 

"We had thousands stop by for our sneak peek weekend," general manager Mark Kane told CultureMap on Tuesday. 

"We didn't know what to expect, but we were very pleased with the results." 

Pleasure Pier can fit 6,500 people at a time — it only seemed like all of the Houston area was there during the holiday weekend. Parking issues arose, but Galveston officials are happy to have people pouring in.

"It's Mardi Gras every day now," one resident told KHOU.

Landry's officials have said they expect the Pleasure Pier to draw up to 25,000 people per day.

This two-story Carousel is a gentle ride suitable for the little ones. Head to the second deck for great views of the water and cool off with breezes straight off the Gulf. 

A perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day is by hopping on the log ride. Watch out when walking by as you might get splashed as well. 

The Rock and Roll goes round and round, at first slow, then at blazing speeds accompanied by groovy tunes. Our recommendation: Take on the ride an empty stomach.

If you think you have basketball skills, come out and try your best shot. As long as you make one you're a winner. 

This ring toss game will test your aiming skills, but it's fun for everyone — bonus if you get one of those huge stuffed monkeys.

Big Top Bites is just one of the many food options at the Pier. It offers burgers, fries, hot dogs, pretzels and cotton candy, among other yummies.

Every amusement attraction needs a place for bumper cars. At the Pier Pileup, both children and adults can have fun in separate arenas.

There are many attractions that call a carnival game lover's name. 

The Cyclone lives up to its name. Can you handle being taken upside down in an endless loop? We dare you.

Dare to ride the Sky Shooter for a fun experience up in the air and over the ocean. 

The first ever Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Texas, this restaurant has great views from its second-story covered veranda.

Inside the new Bubba Gump, the decor and atmosphere is inviting. 

The Sea Dragon may look childish, but it can get your adreneline pumping.

Everyone loves a good Balloon Pop game. These games allow you to win prizes. Pleasure Pier is focused on being a family destination.

Got a sweet tooth? Along with funnel cakes and other carnival food, there's a candy store with options to satisfy everyone in the family. 

Have you always wanted to strike a pose with vintage duds? Well you're in luck. There is a photography studio where you can choose backdrops ranging from an old gangster car to a western saloon to a pirate ship.

The Tea Cups are fun for the family and get your head spinning. Just be careful when getting off the ride.

Trust us when we tell you this: You may feel like the ground is moving, but it isn't.

Kane said that the Iron Shark roller coaster is currently undergoing final tests, and should be ready for riders by this weekend. 

The Pleasure Pier is filled with vibrant colors and all sorts of fun. It is open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before shifting to its regular summer schedule Friday (10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays and noon to 11 p.m. weekdays.