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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  
Patti LaBelle to Make Grand Debut This August
Next month, LaBelle, the Grammy Award-winning vocalist widely regarded as the "Godmother of Soul,” the "High Priestess of Good Vibrations” and the "Queen of Rock 'n' Soul” – is coming to Galveston.

Houston Children's Chorus to Grace Island with Sacred Song
The Houston Children’s Chorus will kick off its annual Summer Residency in Galveston with a concert of sacred music at 5 p.m. July 26 at the historic St. Mary’s Basilica, 2011 Church St.

Summer in Galveston: Let the Music Play!
Looking for something fun to do on the Island this summer? Strap on some cowboy boots and mosey on down to the Texas Country Concert Series at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

New Bryan Museum Becoming a Popular Galveston Island Attraction
Only a month since its opening, Galveston’s newest attraction is becoming a popular island destination. T

The LUVVVVV Boat
For most of us, the goings-on aboard Pacific Princess introduced us to the world of “pleasure cruising” – an introduction that for many of us developed into a “love affair."

Summer Fun Continues
Here are some helpful hints on things to do around Galveston that will shake the kids out of their mid-summer malaise - and make you parents heroes.

Planning Return of ICE LAND: SpongeBob SquarePants a Cooling Thought in Mid Summer
With a new storyline, ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants opens November 14 for a second season.

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.

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