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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.

From the Galveston.com Blogs  
Stars, Stripes, Sounds and Sand!
The quintessential summer time holiday has arrived on the island -- it’s time to celebrate Independence Day at the beach!

Galveston Island to Host 2 Nights of Fireworks, Beachfront Parade for July 4th Weekend
If you’re looking for a change of scenery to celebrate Independence Day, Galveston Island is just the place to make your holiday a true get-a-way.

Rosenberg Library July Treasure of the Month
It has been a tough start to summer for Texas dairy lovers. This spring Blue Bell ice cream was pulled from shelves after concerns over Listeria. But the latest outbreak is not the first time the dairy industry has dealt with health concerns.

Don't They Ever Sleep???
Lorraine is referring here to the cruise lines’ bean counters!” Seems as if they’re “at it” 24/7 figuring out ways to nickel, dime, and dollar us to death!

Galveston Dining Diva Visits Ocean Grille
Now that Ocean Grille on Seawall has had time to settle in, it was time for our visit. I had dropped in a few weeks ago for appetizers and drinks on the patio but wanted to sample the dinner menu.

Galveston Dining Diva Visits Riondo's
We've heard a lot about Riondo's, which opened recently in the spot formerly occupied by Luigi's on Strand.

Heritage Festival Seeking Artifacts to Highlight Galveston's Immigrant History
Galveston residents whose ancestors came from faraway lands and passed through the "Ellis Island of the West" might be interested in digging through their closets and attics to help contribute to the Galveston Historical Foundation’s newest event.

Galveston's Fourth of July Parade Promises to Dazzle
To say that Jay Carnes is a parade enthusiast is like saying it gets hot in Texas in the summer time.

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