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- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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The Strand is a five-block, National Historic Landmark District featuring shops, galleries, bars and restaurants housed in 19th-century buildings in downtown Galveston. As you walk along its strip, you'll get an idea of what Galveston was like back in its heyday. Look for placards highlighting the district's historical must-sees, such as the Grand 1894 Opera House, which is still an operating theater.
Visitors to The Strand remarked on the architecture of the buildings, and some of the cute shops and restaurants, not to mention the vendors that sell beer and ice cream, which you can enjoy on the sidewalks. However, some recent travelers said you had to weed through a bunch of ho-hum souvenir shops to find the real gems.
You'll find this historic district bounded by Avenue A, 20th Street, the alley between Avenues C and D and the railroad depot in downtown Galveston. The various shops, restaurants and attractions located within The Strand historic district have their own operating hours. For more information, visit Galveston's tourism website.
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