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
Singer / Songriter Clarence Bucaro Returns to Galveston's Old Quarter August 11
Published: Thursday, July 05, 2018
Don't miss Clarence Bucaro, whose powerful new album is - according to Rolling Stone - "Buoyant, sometimes playful folk songwriting with a deep well of social consciousness." Read more.
Battle of Galveston Part 1, The Cannon Balls - E3
Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2018
On January 1, 1863, the Civil War battle known as the Battle of Galveston began. Lee and George visit the site of the battle and see cannon ball damage on a downtown building. Read more.
July 2018 - Galveston's July 1987 Recall Vote
Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2018
During the month of July, Rosenberg Library is exhibiting two political signs from the recall vote which took place in Galveston in July 1987. Read more.
Five Women. One Saturday.
Published: Monday, July 02, 2018
What do you do when five women show up at your house in Galveston? Read more.
A Jewel of a Season Brightens The Stage at The Grand
Published: Monday, July 02, 2018
The Grand 1894 Opera House is pleased to present its 2018-2019 performing arts season. Read more.
The Galveston Island Bucket List
Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018
There is so much you need to do in your lifetime on the island! Here's the ultimate Galveston bucket list: 50 things you need to do before you kick the bucket. Read more.
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.