I’ve always loved the stories and lore of Galveston’s pirates We always celebrate Talk Like a Pirates Day on September 16th, I’ve been on several Pirates Booty treasure hunting trips, I even had a little poodle named Lafitte! So a visit to the Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast in Galveston was a MUST for me!
It’s a fun Pirate Museum, with lots of great information on Pirates, and really adds to your visit of Galveston!
Thank You to Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast for inviting us out to tour the exhibit and providing us with complimentary admissions! I was not financially reimbursed for this post, and as always, all opinions are my own!
Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast is on the Historic Strand, in Saengerfest Park, the fun little square with life size chess board and great photo ops!
The Welcome to Galveston Mural is also located in Saengerfest Park!
Upon arriving, we met Siren, who welcomed us and explained the Pirate Code for our visit!
Before we entered, we all had to take the Pirate Oath!
We were given an audio tour for the visit, which corresponds to the different numbers at each display.
The kids were also given a scavenger hunt, with a fun little prize for those who complete it!
Inside the exhibit, you are walking around on a replica of a Pirate Ship, docked next to an old town!
There are displays about the history of pirates, a sneak peak into a Captain’s Quarters, and a ton of information on Jean Lafitte, Galveston’s most famous pirate! Even a history lover like me found things I never knew!
One of the “buildings” you visit is a replica of Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans on Bourbon Street. Once owned by Pierre Lafitte, it’s still open and said to be one of the oldest bars in America! Click HERE to read more about it!
His settlement, Campeche and the Maison Rouge, on Galveston was not far from the historic Strand. A historical marker sits on the site now. Why a hotel chain hasn’t purchased the land and built a huge, pirate-themed resort, I’ll never know!
I was able to sneak into the Party Room and get a couple of quick pictures! This would be such a fun birthday party!
After our tour, we had to hit the Gift Shop! We really NEED a Jolly Roger!
Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast was part of our Haunted Galveston Weekend, which included the adjacent Haunted Mayfield Manor, Dash Beardsleys Ghost Tours of Galveston and more!
While the ghost of Jean Lafitte is said to haunt New Orleans, the area around Madison Rouge is said to have its own Ghost, those of Lafitte’s black dogs! It is said there is a wet dog smell, and their barks can be heard at night. To read more, click HERE.
More on Jean Lafitte
Head over to the Theater on Pier 21 to watch the Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte!
More Pirate Fun in Texas!
If you’re in Port Aransas or South Padre Island, check out the fun pirate ships, the Red Dragon and Black Dragon, respectively! They offer fun tours in the harbor with a ton of Pirate Fun! I WISH they would bring a ship to Galveston! Click HERE to read more!
Each year, the Texas Renaissance Festival offers Pirate Adventures! Click HERE to read more!
Know Before You Go
Parking is $1.50 an hour on Mon – Saturday, 9-6pm. There are also parking lots at $12/day. The parking lot behind the Railroad Museum is $5/day.
Things to do in Galveston
Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston was great! He offers 2 different Ghost Tours on the Strand, the Original and Restless Spirits, for those over 13, as well as a Cemetery Tour! Click HERE to read more!
The Galveston Railroad Museum is fun! Click HERE to read more!
Seawolf Park on Pelican Island offers a playground, fishing pier and is home to the American Undersea Warfare Center, with a submarine, the USS Cavalla and a destroyer escort, the USS Stewart, open for tours. Click HERE to read more.
On the Strand, we love Yaga Cafe, right in Saengerfest Park, has wonderful food on an open patio with live music on weekends, or dine inside among the bright tropical colors! I’d recommend the burgers and Pepperoni Chicken! Click HERE to read more!
Where else would you stay in Galveston during a “Haunted Weekend” then the Hotel Galvez! Built in 1911, the hotel has it’s own ghost that roams the 5th floor! Click HERE to read more!
If you’re wanting to stay on The Strand, check out either the Tremont Hotel or the Harbor House, both having their own fun ghost stories!
Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast
2313 Harborside Dr, Galveston
Click HERE to visit their website.
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