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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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Battle of the Badges Returns August 29th
When the bell rings at the 7th Annual Galveston “Battle of the Badges,” some boxers who happen to law enforcement officers are in for a Big Time Rumble.

Artist Ted Ellis Brings History to Life with FREE AT LAST
The prolific Friendswood artist is riding a wave of success since he created the poignant painting, “Free At Last,” commemorating Juneteenth, the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas were informed they were free.

Gulf Coast Film Festival Visiting Area in September
If art house films is your thing, plan on heading over to the 17th Annual Gulf Coast Film Festival Sept. 10-12 in Clear Lake. The festival will bring some of the nation’s top actors and filmmakers to Houston’s Bay Area.

Introducing Galveston.com Deals
Galveston.com Deals offers savings up to 50% from local restaurants, attractions, spas, and other tourism-related businesses.

For Your Paws Only
It’s time to grab that trusty martini shaker and for guys to dust off their sharpest suit and for women to slide into their slinkiest dress and make plans to attend the 15th annual PAWS Gala on September 12.

The Golden Ticket?
Lorraine is bummed! Saw a cruise she wanted to take, and darned if it didn’t sell out the first day!

Galveston Bay's Amazing Wildlife to Highlight Upcoming Marine Biology Tours
Those yearning to learn more about the Galveston Bay ecosystem are invited to take part in upcoming Marine Biology Harbor Tours offered by the Texas Seaport Museum.

BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival: Get Crafty
Tap into your inner-craftsmen this Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, at the 6th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival.

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