Don’t miss Historic Downtown Galveston next time you visit the island! After a long day of shopping don’t forget to stop by Pier 21 for a well-deserved cocktail and lunch specials. Pier 21 offers views of Galveston’s historic working harbor while dining. Here are just a few of the restaurants, attractions and shops that you definitely don’t want to miss when visiting the historic Strand District and Pier 21.

The Spice & Tea Exchange®, is located in the Rosenberg Building at 2309 Strand. They carry an exclusive selection of loose teas, sea and mineral salts, flavored sugars, bulk spices and seasoning blends. The design of the store follows the framework of an eighteenth century trading post. Nautical antique fixtures and displays highlight the open and airy fresh market feel; along with heavy wooden beams used for shelving and floor displays.

Watch the Sun Set Over the Harbor: Galveston is home to breathtaking sunsets and what better place to soak in the natural beauty, than on the patio at Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks.

Haunted Mayfield Manor and Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast is now under new ownership. Both attractions now offer video introductions to prepare you for each experience. More interactive technology has been added in the Pirate exhibit with “sound pistols” each guest learns even more about history of the Galveston pirates, most notably Jean Lafitte. A “Goonies” exhibit has been added to the Haunted Mayfield Manor with new animations. Each attraction is open year round and located in the Butterowe Building at 2309 Harborside.

Listen to Live Jazz Music: Nonno Tony’s Seafood Kitchen brings something special to the table with live jazz twice a week. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Emboldened Elegance Boutique aims to embody a French style country boutique where rustic meets elegance. The interior of the store features a unique blend of old world charm with elegant details such as sparkling chandeliers. They carry quality brand names such as, Dex and Sage, Lucky Brand, as well as, jewelry by Virgins Saints & Angels and Three Bishops. Emboldened Elegance Boutique is located in Old Galveston Square at 2211 Strand.

Dolphin Watching: Watching dolphins play in the Harbor will bring a guaranteed smile to your face. Take a 45-minute trip with Baywatch Dolphin Tours and see dolphins up close in their natural habitat.

The Make-Up Bar by Skinsational specializes in all-natural make-up products that contain no harsh chemicals, sulfates or preservatives. The shop will carry 24 shades of eye shadows, nail polishes and offer custom foundation orders that will be made twice a week, in-house. The Make-Up Bar by Skinsational is located in the League Building at 2301 Strand.

About Mitchell Historic Properties, Inc.

Mitchell Historic Properties oversees the Galveston properties owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family, including three hotels, The Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House, and Harbor House Hotel & Marina, as well as, commercial and residential properties located downtown and at Pier 21® along Galveston’s historic harbor.  The Mitchell’s ongoing preservation of Galveston’s historic downtown helped spark the resurrection of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Pier 21® as a tourist destination. For leasing information, visit or call (409) 761-4110.