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An hour from Houston, the biggest city in Texas, Galveston island has long been the playground of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since Hurricane Ike, the island has seen a revitalization in it's tourism bringing great developments to the area. In addition to "what's new", Galveston has a rich history and amazing locals.
Galveston's architecture dates back to the late 1800's and reflects the prosperity of this port town as well as the devestation of catatrophic hurricanes. Historians of all ages will enjoy the ornate homes, Victorian store fronts and military hardware available for touring.
Children of all ages will love what the island has to offer with year round water fun at Sclitterbahn Galvestion Island, the only indoor, heated water park in Texas; Moody Gardens brings fun and education with its rainforest pyramid, aquarium, and Palm Beach attractions; The Pleasure Pier with 16 rides, concessions, music and an amazing view and much more.
Of course there are always activites and events on the beach, Galvestion Mardi Gras, numerous musical events, Artwalk, kayak tours, Christmas on The Strand, plays, operas, performances and more. With mild winters, the calendar stays full! If you are just visiting the area and aren't used to the heat, chances are, anywhere you go will have air conditioning. Just make sure you pack your sunscreen and stay hydrated.