The original pier was destroyed when a hurricane battered the Texas coast in the 1960s. So, in 2012, when the new pier opened, it was to the delight of locals and visitors. Today, with 16 rides such as the Pier Pileup, the Sky Shooter and the Iron Shark roller coaster, there is plenty of waterfront fun to be had by every member of the family. The Texas Flyer, a towering swing, suspended more than 230 feet above sea level, offers thrill seekers a panoramic view of the pier and the Gulf of Mexico. Test your skills at the Pirate Striker, Lucky Duck, The Balloon Pop and other Midway games before sampling the flavors at Sweet Scoops or other family-friendly dining spots.