First inhabited by Karankawa Indians in the 16th-century, the Island’s first noted visitor was Cabeza de Vaca, the Spanish explorer, in 1528. In 1817, French privateer, Jean Lafitte, made Galveston his home in 1817 where he continued pirating. Still today, there remains rumor of a buried treasure on the Island. American colonists arrived in 1827 and by 1836, when Texas became independent, the City of Galveston was born. Business flourished until the Hurricane of September 8, 1900. Galveston Island was practically wiped out and over 6,000 killed. Millions of investment dollars restored historical buildings that survived for new uses, and The Strand once again became a bustling center for retail, trade and visitor services. A second torrential hurricane, Ike, in 2008, damaged about 80% of home and buildings. However, again, the island recovered and attracts millions of visitors annually.
Things to Do in Galveston, TX
Spend a little or spend a lot. The island is replete with activities for young and young at heart. Many activities are free. Here are a few links to help you get started with your itinerary.