Galveston has one of the oldest and richest histories of anywhere in the United States.
Some of the nicknames it is has been known for include, “The Wall Street of the South,” the “Ellis Island of the South” and even the “Republic of Galveston” for its many different eras.
From the Native Americans who made Galveston their home when the Europeans landed in North America in 1528, to when the French claimed it in the 1600s and named it St. Louis, to when it was charted as Galveston Bay on July 23, 1786, by Jose de Evia for Spanish colonial governor and general Bernardo de Gálvez, Galveston has a rich heritage.
You can read more about its fascinating past on our History and Heritage page.
We have also prepared some information for you about some of the historical places that can be discovered on the island. We have created a homeschool curriculum that includes lessons and more, but we have also focused on some of the places you might choose to visit while you are here, and we have some recommended educational activities for each.
Before Your Visit
During Your Visit
- Visit the places you choose and complete the worksheets and discussions, where available
- Take photos and video to document your visit that can be used for projects after your visit
After Your Visit
From the Blogs
Top 5 Species to See Now Before They Head North
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Our winter guests are about to head north. Here are 5 species worth looking for. Read more.
2019 Week Two Winners Announced
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Winners of the 2019 FeatherFest Photo Contest include a Reddish Egret having a bad hair day, a lucky Heron, and an unlucky fish. Read more.
2019 Week One Winners Announced
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for prizes. Read more.
Galveston Island Events April thru June 2019
Published: Monday, March 11, 2019
With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: Read more.
Time to Freshen Up!
Published: Monday, March 04, 2019
It.s that time of year. Adults of many bird species are molting from non-breeding plumage into breeding plumage, and juvenile birds are molting into adult plumage. Read more.