Galveston has had a richly evolving history of European settlement for some 200 years, during which time pirates set their flags in the soil, waves of immigrants from Italy and Greece made their way to the island, and wealthy merchants planted strong roots. The most recorded narratives, however, relate the stories of the devastating storms that have ripped through the beautiful town, beginning with the infamous Great Storm of 1900. Considered the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, this Category 4 hurricane killed up to 8,000 residents while obliterating hundreds of homes and businesses.
It took many years for the island to start anew after the Great Storm, but Galveston’s economic leaders eventually refashioned the town as a popular tourist destination—which it still serves as today. Although most of the original structures are long gone, the stories of the early islanders and their colorful history continue to live on in both renovated structures and new establishments created in memory of the past.
Galveston's Railroad Museum Continues to Fascinate
Whether you spent hours as a kid watching your model train navigate between Styrofoam mountains and buildings, or you simply marvel at the grandeur and old world elegance of real life trains of the past, you’ll enjoy a fascinating experience at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Read more.
Take a Historic Ghost Tour on Galveston Island, Place of Deadliest Storm in US History
The season for thrills and chills is quickly approaching and Galveston Island’s ghostly history makes it one of the top destinations in the country for “haunted” travel. Read more.
Galveston Remembers Glen Campbell
Galveston Remembers Glen Campbell who sang the iconic song "Galveston". Read more.
Postoffice Street Art Galleries Continue to Enchant
Entering Galveston's arts scene is as easy as venturing onto Postoffice Street for an enchanting blend of art galleries, antique shops and chic eateries. Read more.
12 Essential Things You Need to Do in Galveston This Summer
Early morning sunrises, warm sea breezes and the invitingly sandy shores of Galveston Island attract beachgoers from all over Texas and beyond. While enjoying Galveston’s beaches in the summer is a slam dunk, there are many ways to make the most of your stay here. Read more.
4 Museums to Visit in Galveston
No trip to Galveston is complete without a visit to some of the most popular museums on the island. Read more.
Postoffice Street Treats
If while strolling along Postoffice and your stomach starts making strange noises, pop into one of these shops and enjoy one of their signature treats and everything will soon be right in the world. Read more.
Galveston Restaurant Review: Willie G's Seafood & Steaks
Dining by the water is an Island experience, and for some of us locals, Pier 21 dining is optimal. For an up-close experience of equal parts water, ease, and good eats, Willie G’s offers some of the best. Read more.
Celebrate Your Birthday, Galveston-Style!
Opportunities abound to do something cool, different and utterly unforgettable. Here are some island venues that lend themselves to unique birthday parties. Read more.
Free Events Offer No Excuses for Summertime Fun in Galveston
No more concerns about digging too deep into your wallet for summer fun on Galveston Island. There are many things to do that won’t cost you anything, except maybe your time and with an investment in smiling and laughter! Read more.