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06 Apr

Five Facts about Galveston

During this time of uncertainty, travel may not be on the horizon. It’s a good time to settle in at home and dream of future vacations by learning about the places you love to visit or hope to visit for the first time—like our beautiful barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Galveston is a very unique place, and we’ve rounded up some interesting facts about our island home.

Our history is important: Galveston has the second largest historic preservation group in the nation. The Galveston Historical Foundation is almost 150 years old! We have 14 museums and historic homes, four historic districts, and three National Historic Landmarks on the island.

Local art abounds: Galveston Island has more than 20 art galleries located on the Strand, Pier 21, and in the Post Office Street Entertainment District.

Our natural ecology is a gift: Galveston Island is a barrier reef island that averages two miles in width. Thanks to the reefs that protect our coastline, we have 32 miles of beautiful Gulf Coast beaches.

We were a gateway to America: Galveston Island was once second only to Ellis Island as an immigration station!

Our weather is a treasure: Due to our location on the warm Gulf of Mexico, we experience temperate weather year-round. This means a mild average of 57°F in the winter months and a balmy 81°F in the summer months.