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
The Grand Kids Festival Returns April 7th
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018
The 23rd annual Grand Kids Festival is set for Saturday, April 7. Sponsored by The Grand 1894 Opera House, this fun, family event - with a special "pirate" theme - will take place from 10am-5pm in historic downtown Galveston's Cultural Arts District on Postoffice Street 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.
UTMB Scientists Identify Enzyme Involved in Faulty Brain Cell Communication in Alzheimer's
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018
A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has provided researchers important insights about an enzyme within the brain that plays a critical role in Alzheimer's. Read more.
Lindsay Lives and Breathes All Things G-Town
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Get a glimpse into the lives of some fascinating people who have made the journey to Galveston, Texas. Read more.
Magnolia Being Planted at City Hall in Loving Memory of Galveston's Own Steel Magnolia
Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018
Family, friends and colleagues will gather to honor Galveston’s own “Steel Magnolia” Lyda Ann Thomas by unveiling a tree planted in her memory by the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy. Read more.