Today, we tend to think of Galveston as simply a city south of Houston on the coast with nice beaches, but “once upon a time”, back in the middle of the 19th century, Galveston was an international city, with significant trade and immigration from around the world. at the turn of the 20th century, Galveston was the largest city in Texas as well as a financial powerhouse.
But in September of 1900, a devastating hurricane, aka the Great Storm of 1900, hit the city, with an estimated 6,000-12,000 lives lost. The storm surge was 15 feet high with winds of at least 125 mph. Every home and building on the island suffered damage or was destroyed. Thirty thousand of the population of thirty-eight thousand became homeless and the island would never again recover its premier spot as the financial and population capital of Texas.
Beginning in the 1920’s, Galveston became a major tourist destination and has remained a popular tourist center since that time.
Things to Do & See |Places to Stay & Eat
Things to Do and See
Looking for things to do and places to see here? There are a number of activities and venues you will want to check out!
Places to Stay
Sometimes a short day trip becomes an extended day trip and you will want to find a place to stay nearby. Here are some of the local area lodging facilities.
Places to Eat
One of the joys of a day trip is checking out places to eat. Whether it is a local diner, a family restaurant or a national chain, we have you covered!