The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is named one of the five best seaside amusement parks in the world. 

Amusement Today hands out its golden ticket each year, an honor similar to winning an Academy Award but for amusement parks.   The winners are picked by an international board of park enthusiasts.  Winners on the list range in location from The Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk in California to a park in Sweden.

The $60 million pier was rebuilt and opened last Memorial Day on Galveston Island.  It features 16 rides and is home to Bubba Gump restaurant.