Living on Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a diverse community with a colorful history and bright future. Located on a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast, Galveston features 30 miles of sparkling beaches for surfing, sailing and other water sports. Tranquil bay waters attract kayakers and sports fishermen. Two causeways and a ferry connect Galveston Island to the mainland. 

Incorporated in 1839, Galveston is home to many firsts, including the state's first medical school. Today, the island is one of the top cruise ship ports in the U.S. and a year-round tourist attraction. Shipping, banking and insurance also spur the local economy.

The vibrant Victorian-era downtown is packed with restaurants, bars, boutique shops and art galleries. The Grand 1894 Opera House draws nationally renowned artists for musical and theatrical performances. Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, is less than 50 miles away.

OVS residents enjoy their time on the island and often are pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities in Galveston and nearby Houston.

Explore Galveston Island: www.galveston.com


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