Galveston is a barrier island off the coast of Texas and has been recognized for its preservation of the island’s 19th century architecture. The city of Galveston, on Galveston Island, is about 45 miles from Houston. Visitors can explore the six historic districts and the 60 structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The beaches attract millions of visitors every year with an assortment of accommodations ranging from resorts to bed and breakfasts and beachfront condos. This popular island is home to art galleries, festivals, the ballet, a symphony orchestra, water sports, and the Pleasure Pier amusement park. Galveston has several beaches to choose from, suited for different needs. Stewart Beach is family-friendly and has lifeguards. Galveston Island Beach at the pier is great for swimming and paddle boarding. East Beach, however, is the only beach that allows alcohol and is known as the “party beach.”
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