Downtown Galveston is a Galveston, Texas neighborhood. Harborside Drive and 33rd Street border this neighborhood on two ends. Exterior boundaries then follow Avenue M Rear onto 26th Street. This goes onto Avenue K and then 19th Street. At Market Street, this boundary turns to meet 18th Street, thus leading back to Harborside Drive.
One of the most well-known areas here is called The Strand, located in the vicinity of Harborside Drive, between about 20th Street and 25th Street and stretching several blocks deep. This is a historical district with Victorian buildings that house its plentiful shops. Antiques, art galleries, dining, romantic horse and carriage rides, and shopping are all right here.
This area is also home to the Galveston Mardi Gras. A carnival, parades, live entertainment of various types, food galore, and balcony parties only touch the surface of this event. More than 250,000 people attend this event annually, ending on Fat Tuesday each year. 2011 marked the 100th Galveston Mardi Gras.
The Grand 1894 Opera House is a historic theater in Downtown Galveston. As its name implies, it was built here in 1894. It has survived through perils that have included some historic storms. After falling prey to neglect for some time, the community pulled together to restore this theater, thus bringing it to its present state of elegance and making it one of Galveston’s treasures. It is now the Official Opera House of Texas, as appointed by the state legislature.
The Galveston Railroad Museum in Downtown Galveston is the largest railroad museum in the southwest. This museum sustained substantial damages from Hurricane Ike in 2008. However, like much of the rest of Galveston, it too is in the recovery process and is now open to the public.