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Galveston Island.  The Legend Continues.

Thought you knew everything about Galveston? Think again. From year-round cruises to the revitalization of the Island's Downtown to ongoing beach renourishment, Galveston is always adding something new.  Contact Leah Cast, public relations manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, for the best tips on what's new and exciting on the island. Meanwhile, take a look at a few important Galveston Island facts!

  • Galveston Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles South of Houston.
  • Galveston Island is a barrier reef island that averages 2 miles in width, offering 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches.
  • Galveston Island offers temperate weather year-round, averaging 57°F in the winter months and 81°F in summer months.
  • Galveston Island has four historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places, which include The Strand National Historic Landmark District, East End Historic District, Silk Stocking District and Central Business District. 
  • Galveston Island is home to three National Historic Landmarks including the Tall Ship ELISSA, East End and The Strand and has approximately 1,500 historic buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. 
  • Galveston Island is home to Moody Gardens which includes a Rainforest Pyramid, IMAX 3D Theater, Palm Beach, Discovery Museum, Ridefilm Theater, Aquarium Pyramid and Colonel Paddlewheel.
  • Galveston Island's Schlitterbahn Waterpark offers the world's first convertible waterpark and is the third waterpark in the Schlitterbahn family of Texas parks.
  • Galveston Island has a host of museums and historic homes open to the public for tours, including the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Lone Star Flight Museum (Home of the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame), Railroad Museum, Texas Seaport Museum, Ashton Villa, Bishop’s Palace, and Moody Mansion.
  • Galveston Island’s Strand National Historic Landmark District/Downtown area offers a host of shops, restaurants and art galleries conveniently located within 36 square blocks.
  • Galveston Island was second only to Ellis Island as an immigration station.
  • Galveston has the second largest historic preservation group in the nation.  The Galveston Historical Foundation celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1996.
  • Galveston Island is home to the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M University at Galveston.

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Heaven at the Dallas International Film Festival
?As part of the 8th annual Dallas International Film Festival, the new film Heaven Is For Real (April 16th) made its debut with Oscar-nominated actor Greg Kinnear (As Good as it Gets) and Margo Martindale (August Osage County) in attendance.

Galveston Al Fresco
When visiting Galveston Island, one of the first things visitors want to know is where they can go for great food and drinks while soaking in the Island's great outdoor atmosphere.

Spring Migration Takes Wing
Spring in Texas always meant one thing to me - bluebonnets. Our family made an annual pilgrimage to Washington County for wildflower spotting. Then I moved to Galveston and for the past 20 years spring took on a new meaning for me - spring migration.

The Official Texas Sea Turtle Shell-e-bration Highlights One Year Anniversary
You might call it Texas’ Day of the Turtle – the state’s very own turtle. On May 10th, a so-called “shell-e-bration” will be held on the first anniversary of the Kemp’s ridley being named the official sea turtle of Texas.

To Buy or Not to Buy?
If you’ve ever been hit by a final bill that resembles the current national debt, you might consider purchasing a beverage package.

Porcupine Gives Birth at Moody Gardens
Snarky, a newborn Prehensile Tailed Porcupine porcupette, is exploring its exhibit inside the nocturnal gallery of the Rainforest Pyramid.

Rosenberg Library's April Treasure of the Month
This April, the Rosenberg Library will be displaying a number of items donated or owned by Frank Patten as the Treasure of the Month.

Hibernation Ends! Let's Take a Foodie Tour!
Now is the time to enjoy several eateries that combine the best of Galveston Island: FOOD WITH A VIEW!!!!

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