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Galveston is more than just a great beach city. It is a place where generations of islanders have lived (and never left) and helped shape a distinct history. As you stroll through the neighborhoods, you’ll find glimpses of the past on every corner: in the gorgeous 19th-century Victorian homes, the family- owned businesses of residents who migrated here from as far away as Greece and Italy, and the attractions that either have withstood catastrophic storms or were rebuilt from scratch because of them.

No matter where you turn, there is someone or someplace with a story to tell. If you ask, they’ll share the hidden secrets of the island - even more than what you’ll find in this comprehensive destination guide. From the prominent families that built Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace to the presidents and Hollywood stars who once lodged at the Hotel Galvez & Spa, there are always new tidbits to learn. The island truly is a magical place that you’re certain to remember for the rest of your life, especially when it’s time to pass on a bit of your own history.

Galvestonians place high regard on education as the means of improving their city and its residents. The city has a strong public school system and several private schools. Each year, high school graduates of Ball High School and O’Connell College Preparatory High School (a private Catholic school) are accepted by the top colleges and universities in the state. Some graduates continue their education on Galveston Island at one of three institutions of higher learning – Galveston College, The University of Texas Medical Branch or Texas A&M University at Galveston.

From the Blogs

5 Reasons You Should Rent a Beach House

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018

There are many reasons that you should consider a beach house including their affordability, privacy, appliances, extra space and MORE! What’s not to love about vacation rentals? Read more.

Local Lifeguard Sits Down For Q&A

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018

Here on Galveston Island, we have a great group of lifeguards that are not only passionate about their jobs but the island as a whole. 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.

New Breakthrough Paving the Way for Universal Ebola Therapeutic

Published: Monday, May 07, 2018

A new collaborative study has identified and studied Ebola antibodies that could be used to design universal therapeutics that are effective against many different Ebola species. Read more.

Skye Makes Picture-Perfect Landing in Galveston

Published: Friday, May 04, 2018

Get a glimpse into the lives of some fascinating people who have made the journey to Galveston, Texas. Read more.

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