GALVESTON, Texas -- The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, a family-oriented attraction like no other Gulf Coast destination, was recently named one of five Best Seaside Parks in the world.
In addition to Pleasure Pier, Amusement Today’s 2013 Golden Ticket Awards recipients include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif.; Pleasure Back in Blackpool, England; Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ; and Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden.
Amusement Today relies on a panel of voters from all over the world, consisting of experienced park enthusiasts, to select winners. The United States ballots are divided into four geographical regions, with approximately the same number of voters in each region. In addition to the American voters, Amusement Today invites a number of international voters to participate.
“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top seaside parks in the world,” remarked Tilman J. Fertitta, sole owner, chairman and CEO of Landry’s, Inc. “To win this award after being open for just over a year further validates the planning and hard work that went into this project.”
Pleasure Pier boasts a theme park of family attractions, with 16 rides, games, entertainment, great food venues and retail shops. Rides from thrilling to gentle line the long Pier perimeter, creating an exciting sensation of being suspended above the water. All rides start 30 feet above the waves, many go much higher. Texas Star Flyer, the state’s highest swing ride, lifts guest 230 feet over the sea for a breathtaking view of the Gulf.
Blending the nostalgic atmosphere of America’s famous beach piers, Pleasure Pier was designed to be Galveston’s premiere family fun adventure. The Texas-sized 120 feet-wide and 1,130 feet-long pier extends into the Gulf from the famous Galveston Seawall Boulevard. The amusement park proudly stands in the same location as the city’s original Pleasure Pier, first dedicated in June 1944. Following three years of planning and a massive $60 million construction project by Landry’s, Inc., Pleasure Pier officially opened for Memorial Day weekend in May 2012.
“Pleasure Pier is the ultimate family destination with an experience for everyone, and we take great pride in offering quality rides, dining and entertainment to visitors year-round,” said Mark Kane, regional director of Landry’s, Inc. theme park division. “We look forward to continuing to welcome guests to this world-class destination.”