Galveston's Colorful Past Tales to tell, great tragedies & opulent lifestyles
Have you ever dreamed of living the quiet island life? That dream can be a reality on Galveston Island. With the amenities of a big city, accommodations of a resort destination, and the tight-knit friendliness of a small town — all set against the beautiful backdrop of the seaside — Galveston Island is an idyllic place to call home for more than 50,000 people. It could be your home, too.
Located just 50 miles south of Houston, Galveston features 32 miles of beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, abundant leisure activities, excellent medical facilities, first-rate restaurants, educational opportunities, numerous attractions, and a vibrant historic downtown that offers cruising, shopping, arts, and entertainment.
Choose where you want to live and how in a robust housing market that offers something to suit any style and budget. From historic Victorian homes to modern beach-front houses, from converted lofts in historic downtown buildings to the latest high-rise condominiums, you’ll find your dream home on Galveston Island.
Education offerings include innovative public and charter schools, three higher-level educational institutions, and even a thriving school for seniors, the UTMB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
The multifaceted economic base offers a myriad of opportunities in an ever-increasing job market. The biggest industries include tourism, health care, research, education, and maritime.
The beautiful natural world that surrounds the island only adds to the richness of life here. Galveston Island State Park has 2,000 acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, freshwater ponds, wetlands, bayous, and bay shoreline.
Business is bustling here, shored up by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce with more than 800 members and a history that dates back 175 years on the island.