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The city of Galveston is on Galveston Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Houston, that averages just two miles in width, but offers 32 miles of beaches around its perimeter.
Galveston is known for more than its great beaches, however. There's also the great weather, averaging 81 degrees in summer and 57 degrees in winter. And Galveston Island is one of the best birding spots in the U.S.
The island and city have some great history. There are three National Historic Landmarks on the island, the city boasts more than 1,500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Moody Gardens is one of the top tourist attractions in the Greater Houston Area.
Texas A&M University-Galveston is situated on Pelican Island, adjacent to Galveston Island and accessible via Pelican Island Causeway.
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Overview of Galveston Island attractions
Galveston Mardi Gras
Galveston golf courses
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Galveston Island sits in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles south of Houston, separated from the mainland by Galveston Bay. Interstate 45 is the road to the island, and ferry traffic is also available. The two Houston Airports - George Bush International and Hobby - are the options for people flying into the region.
View Galveston on the map (link opens in a new window)
Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Galveston official Web site
Galveston Island State Park
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