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.
Island ETC Celebrates 15 Years with "Magic and Memories TWO"
Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) invites you to come help us celebrate our 15th seasons with a fun and music filled celebration on Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th. Read more.
Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?
Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more.
Island Holiday Guide For The Entire Family
When planning your holiday adventures, you will not want to miss out on what Galveston Island has in store in 2017. Read more.
Humans of Galveston: German Couple Make a Pit Stop in Galveston
Get a glimpse into the lives of some fascinating people who have made the journey to Galveston, Texas. Read more.
Galveston Holiday Events to Include New Downtown Lanterns & Lights PLUS Cirque Joyeux Noel Show
The entire island will offer holiday cheer with eight weeks of “Winter Wonder Island” events and festivities. Read more.
Maceo's Marvelous Muffuletta
The history of Galveston’s Maceo family is the stuff of legend. These days, however, the name is associated with Maceo’s Spice & Import Co., home of the muffuletta. Read more.
6 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Galveston
You’ve just landed in Galveston for some much-needed R&R and glance out the hotel patio window at the Gulf of Mexico. And it's raining. Never fear! Read more.
10 Historical Facts You Probably Don't Know About Galveston
How many of these historical Galveston facts do you know? Read more.
Unique Shopping Opportunities in Downtown Galveston
Explore unique shopping opportunities in Galveston Read more.
10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston
The return of summer in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets. Read more.