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Galveston has had a richly evolving history of European settlement for some 200 years, during which time pirates set their flags in the soil, waves of immigrants from Italy and Greece made their way to the island, and wealthy merchants planted strong roots. The most recorded narratives, however, relate the stories of the devastating storms that have ripped through the beautiful town, beginning with the infamous Great Storm of 1900. Considered the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, this Category 4 hurricane killed up to 8,000 residents while obliterating hundreds of homes and businesses.

It took many years for the island to start anew after the Great Storm, but Galveston’s economic leaders eventually refashioned the town as a popular tourist destination—which it still serves as today. Although most of the original structures are long gone, the stories of the early islanders and their colorful history continue to live on in both renovated structures and new establishments created in memory of the past.

From the Blogs

Galveston's Only Electric Bike Rental Shop Opens Downtown

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Electric bicycles are the new, exciting way to explore and experience the sights that only Galveston has to offer. Rent an electric bicycle and take yourself or a group of friends on a tour of Galveston’s history, curiosities and fare, all on your own schedule. Read more.

Get a Cost Break by Staying Mid-Week

Published: Sunday, May 13, 2018

Grab that suntan lotion and put on that sexy swimsuit! Beach season has arrived and Galveston is rolling out the red carpet – eh, make that sand and sea – for the thousands of beachgoers headed to the island. Read more.

Don't Forget Postoffice!

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018

The quarter-mile strip of Postoffice Street between 23rd & 20th St. has dozens of great shops, top-notch coffee, ice cream and more!  Read more.

Free Summertime Activities in Galveston

Published: Monday, May 07, 2018

Looking to enjoy island time without spending a pretty penny? This guide to free summertime activities is perfect for you! Read more.

May 2018 - Fides Senechal's First Communion Memorabilia

Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2018

During the month of May, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a beautiful, hand-carved mother-of-pearl rosary which was presented to Galveston resident Fides Senechal Boening Read more.

How Does Galveston Parking Work?

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Paying to park anywhere is a necessary evil, but in Galveston, you can see first-hand where your money is going! Find out more: Read more.

10 Things You Probably Don't Know About The Grand 1894 Opera House

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Grand 1894 Opera House has an amazing history, but how much of it do you actually know? Read more.

Third Week Winners Announcement

Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for cash prizes! Here are the winners of Week 3. Read more.

First Week Winners Announcement

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for cash prizes! Here are the winners of Week 1: Read more.

Seven Amazing Things You Need To Do in Galveston this Spring

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018

Whether you’re paddling along tranquil coastal channels, playing in an indoor waterpark, or indulging in some first-rate dining, you’ll find many reasons to visit Galveston this spring. Read more.

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