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"I must go down to the Sea again, to the Lonely Sea and the Sky..."
Where the Texas Coast Begins
Wondering what to do while on the Island? Galveston is famous for its festivals - from Dickens on The Strand, to Epicurean Evening, to Mardi Gras! Galveston, to the Lone Star Rally.
Perfect for the young and young-at-heart, Galveston Island boast family-friendly events year round.
Seaside towns have always
exuded a potent allure, a
chance to flee the hectic and
confined spaces of city life.
John Masefield wrote the quote
103 years ago, yet the call of the
sea remains as appealing as ever.
Galveston has sung her
siren song for generations
of holiday visitors, whether
day tripping from Houston,
or on holiday from far away.
Besides its entrancing sea,
Galveston has more fun and
attractions than one can
fit into an entire summer.
From inviting pockets of interesting shops and cafes,
to towering glass pyramids and its sparkling waterpark,
the island offers something for
Galveston Island is located on the coastline of Texas just 50 miles south of Houston. Explore the treasures it has to offer – 32 miles of beaches, relaxed atmosphere, abundant leisure activities, excellent medical facilities, first-rate restaurants, educational opportunities, numerous attractions and a vibrant historic downtown that offers cruising, shopping, arts and entertainment.
Imagine yourself as an Islander living in an elegant Victorian home on a shady, oak-lined street on the Island’s east end, or in a home overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on the west end. There is a variety of rental property to choose from throughout the Island, from apartments to condominiums, high rises, low rises and raised beach homes.
Galveston has the amenities of a larger city, but with tight-knit small town friendliness. Its ethnically diverse citizens have worked together to make their city better since the early days of its founding in 1836. When faced with adversity, Galvestonians unite to solve whatever obstacles may arise. Non-profit organizations and community groups offer a variety of volunteer opportunities regardless of your interests or desired area of service.
The Island has a multifaceted economic base with expanding job markets in tourism, the medical field, marine-related fields, as well as other areas. Education, banking, insurance and marine industries also are job fields that contribute to the strong, diverse economy. Island life is enhanced by the absence of drive-time traffic reports on the radio and heavy traffic delays. The major thoroughfares are rarely heavily congested, even during peak times. And it takes no more than 15-20 minutes to get anywhere you want to go on the Island.
All this time saved driving to work and running errands can be spent enjoying Island life.
If you’ve never
vacationed in Galveston before,
you’re in for a distinctive treat;
and if you’re a longtime visitor,
you’ll find that this enchanting and ever-changing island
still has many wonderful
surprises in store.