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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  
7 Things to Do on Galveston Island This Weekend
Whether you're planning on only visiting Galveston Island for the day or you plan to make this your weekend getaway, there's a list of fun and exciting things to do. Check out our picks for this weekend.

Lone Star Spring and Ironman This Weekend at Moody Gardens
This Sunday the 21st is the big triathlon day at Moody Gardens. The Lone Star Spring and the Ironman are great events 5150 kick off early in the morning.

Moody Gardens and Nickelodeon Reveal First Glimpse of Holiday Ice Sculpture Attraction
Moody Gardens and Nickelodeon have come together to create the Gulf Coast’s only holiday ice sculpture attraction featuring the world-renowned underwater characters from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants.

Vibrant Galveston Symphony Season Opens
The Galveston Symphony Orchestra began the season with its traditional soft opening which always features a "Pops Concert". However, if this rollicking collection of favorites is an indicator of the upcoming season, then music lovers are in for a real treat.

More Smoke and Furor
Well folks, Lorraine has good news for some and not so good for others – BUT if you have booked a Carnival Cruise departing October 1 or after, DO NOT plan on having sex and a “ciggie” after on your private balcony!

Historic Churches Abound on Galveston Island
While cruising aimlessly around the island from time to time as I am wont to do, I’m frequently awestruck by the sheer number of stately, generations-old churches that populate Galveston.

33rd Annual Island Oktoberfest Returns October 24-25
A very special – and expanded - entertainment schedule will highlight this year’s 33rd annual Island Oktoberfest.

Gumbo Galore for a 5th Year with the Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival
Shrimp lovers are gearing up for the upcoming Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival where overflowing cups of gumbo and seafood dishes will please their palates, while the festival will also provide an entertaining weekend for the whole family.

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