History & Heritage
Galveston Island. Her Time Has Come, Again.
Part Southern, part Texan, abloom with towering oleanders of every color and encompassing more history and stories than cities 20 times its size, Galveston is often called “The Republic of Galveston Island” by its residents because it is so unlike the rest of Texas.
To some, Galveston will always be an island defined by its storied past, its 19th-century elegance, big-city ambitions, notorious seaport and even more legendary storms.
African Americans in Galveston aided in the development of the city, state and the nation in many ways.
At 32 miles long and two-and-a-half miles wide, the island is surrounded with incredible history and unique beauty – and easy to get to and around. If you’re staying on the Seawall or in the Strand Historic District, you can easily explore the city by renting bikes, hopping an historic trolley, or hailing an Uber or taxi. Coming to or leaving the Island? There are a number of limo and bus services, as well as the free, 24-hour Galveston Island Ferry link to the Bolivar Peninsula.