Photo Courtesy of Galveston Island CVBDolphin Statue on Seawall Blvd

Families will love:

  • Galveston's rich history
  • Outdoor recreation and parks
  • Festivals, concerts and holiday celebrations

Home to the Akokisa and Karankawa Indians since before 1528, when the first Europeans landed here, Galveston Island and the city of Galveston didn't receive their names until 1786, thanks to Jose de Evia, a Spanish colonial governor and general sent by Bernardo de Galvez to map out the area. Jose de Evia named an area near the mouth of a river Galveston Bay, and the ... more
Home to the Akokisa and Karankawa Indians since before 1528, when the first Europeans landed here, Galveston Island and the city of Galveston didn't receive their names until 1786, thanks to Jose de Evia, a Spanish colonial governor and general sent by Bernardo de Galvez to map out the area. Jose de Evia named an area near the mouth of a river Galveston Bay, and the island and city both took that same name.

Officially incorporated in 1839, Galveston quickly gained in size and stature as the most active port west of New Orleans and the largest city in Texas. However, while still in its infancy in 1900, the city suffered a major blow when it succumbed to the Great Storm. In its aftermath, more than 6,000 lives were lost and the majority of the town was wiped out; however, the remaining residents refused to walk away from their hometown. Instead, in a spirit of strength and perseverance, these men and women raised their heads high, cleared out the debris and went on to build a city many continue to visit today.

Galveston was tested again in 2008 when Hurricane Ike struck the island with 100-mph winds and a storm surge estimated between 17 and 20 feet. Although the island suffered damage, the city and its residents once more have dug in, refusing to give in to Mother Nature.

In addition to a wealth of attractions sure to appeal to guests of all ages, Galveston is also home to numerous outdoor recreation and nature parks, a wealth of arts and entertainment venues, mouthwatering cuisine, and some topnotch shopping destinations.

Galveston also maintains a year-round calendar of events filled with festivals, concerts, holiday celebrations and more that would make a perfect addition to any family vacation itinerary.

Written by Karon Warren less

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