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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

Loftwalk at Artist Lofts this Saturday

Published: Monday, February 11, 2019

The National Hotel Artist Lofts hosts it's annual Loftwalk this Saturday, February 16. Read more.

Don't Underestimate Urban Birding!

Published: Friday, February 08, 2019

Kristine & Bobby Rivers spotted a raptor perched at the base of the First Baptist Church steeple. Binoculars revealed what it was. Read more.

Every day a good day for colorful Galveston resident

Published: Friday, February 08, 2019

Humans of Galveston met Peter Cangelosi on The Strand, where he was soaking up sunshine and good music by local musician Brittany Doyle. Read more.

February 2019 - U.S.S. Texas

Published: Saturday, February 02, 2019

During the month of February, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the naval battleship U.S.S. Texas. During the month of February, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the naval battleship U.S.S. Texas. Read more.

Top 5 Reasons to Bird in the Winter

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Kristine Rivers offers some thoughts that might make the rest of winter less bleak. Read more.

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