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#LoveGalveston with Frank Billingsley

Posted by on Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Judging by all the attention Galveston has received lately, it’s safe to say the city no longer flies under the radar as a vacation destination. Among the accolades, Trip Advisor recently named the island a Top 10 Summer Destination; Galveston made Country Living’s list of 20 Charming Beach Towns Across America; and the city was listed on USA Today’s Best Reader’s Choice Travel Award as one of the Top 10 Best Destinations for History Buffs.

As if to drive the point home, tourists are descending in record numbers each year—2014 alone saw 6 million visitors. First and foremost, they come for our beaches, and because of that, the city’s in the midst of adding even more, restoring seven entire miles of sandy shores for them to enjoy. But that’s not all.

They come for history. And they find it exploring storied structures like the Moody Mansion, Bishop’s Palace and The Grand 1894 Opera House; looking back in time at cultural institutions like the Railroad Museum; embarking upon tours that peel back layers of our past; and simply wandering The Strand and taking in the extraordinary architecture.

They also come for the art scene, to shop for antiques, to bird-watch and kayak, to thrill their children with visits to the Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark—and, oh yes. To eat. The island has seen a gastronomic explosion of late, with creative, chef-driven restaurants like BLVD. Seafood, Number 13 and Ocean Grille joining island eateries that have been serving wonderful Gulf seafood (and Mexican!) for years.

As the city continues to grow, change is on the horizon. Each year brings new attractions for guests to take in. Remember the city’s trolley system? It’s being restored, and will soon once again ferry visitors around town the old-fashioned way. And you can now take in the city in all its glory via helicopter—seriously. Does it get more exciting?

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