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Galveston Introduction


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Galveston, Texas, is a charming, slow-paced island city along the Gulf of Mexico. A popular Texas tourism destination, Galveston is home to lots of lovely beaches, restored 19th-century storefronts and fancy Victorian mansions. Galveston has approximately 1,500 landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Click here to see the full Galveston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Galveston Geography


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The city of Galveston (about 50 mi/80 km southeast of Houston on Interstate 45) sits on the northeastern tip of a barrier island called Galveston Island and is separated from mainland Texas by Galveston Bay. The city's southern shore is lapped (and occasionally lashed) by the Gulf of Mexico.  Click here to see the full Galveston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Galveston History


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The history of Galveston has been largely shaped by its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the evidence of Galveston's early inhabitants has been washed away by hurricanes. We do know, however, that the Akokisa hunted, fished and camped in the area and were there when Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca was shipwrecked in 1528.   Click here to see the full Galveston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Galveston Sightseeing & Things to Do


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A day in Galveston can be spent exploring and lazing about the beach, visiting its largest family attraction, Moody Gardens, or actively touring some of the historic homes and businesses that have withstood hurricanes, fire and modern development. (Don't be put off by the incongruity of the city. Juxtaposed between gas stations and laundromats are resplendent Victorian villas. The city's crazy-quilt nature is simply part of its charm.)   Click here to see the full Galveston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Galveston Nightlife


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Unlike its larger northern neighbor Houston, Galveston is not renowned for its nightlife, but you can find fun places to dance, listen to music and drink cocktails.   Click here to see the full Galveston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Galveston Restaurants & Dining


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Most of Galveston's restaurants are concentrated along Seawall Boulevard and the Historic Downtown Shopping District (also referred to as The Strand), as well as at Pier 21. Not surprisingly, seafood is a specialty, but you'll find Louisiana Cajun, too, and some of the restaurants on the island are owned by the locally based Landry's corporation.   Click here to see the full Galveston travel guide on Travel42 »

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