What Galveston Texas has to Offer

Galveston

Galveston

Being British one of my favourite holiday destinations is America.

One of the big advantages of visiting America is that I don’t have to learn a new language in order to enjoy my holiday.

Another advantage is that growing up watching many movies that had been made in America meant that many parts of the American way of life was familiar to me.

Though I have to admit experiencing it first hand if different to seeing it on TV or in films.

Our holidays in America have always been of the Fly Drive variety with only our first and last night’s destination booked. We usually have a vague idea of where we would like to visit but, for the most part, our holidays are more a voyage of discovery than a planned route.

This kind of holiday suits us very much and it always seems to lead to us finding places that we had no idea that we would visit but that we came away glad that we did.

A Serendipitous Find

Galveston was one of those serendipitous finds. We had not intended to visit Galveston but we were glad that we did.

We had all heard the name Galveston and we knew that it was in Texas but that was all that we knew about it.

A few of the photographs in this hub are in the slide show below, you can view them full screen by clicking on the icon on the bottom right hand corner of the video.

Galveston Texas

Galveston

This is part of the Strand in the Historic District
This is part of the Strand in the Historic District

My American Fridge Magnets

Texas Has a Coastline?

It came as quite a revelation to me that Galveston was on the coast in fact I did not know that Texas even had a coastline.

Please don’t be too hard on me Geography is not my strong point and because I do not drive when on holiday in the States I rarely look at the maps. Usually it is only after we get back home when I look at the map and then only so that I can put my new fridge magnets on the front of my fridge in their rightful place.

Pier 21

One of the first places that we visited in Galveston was the Pier 21 Theater where we saw a film made about the Great Storm of September the 8th 1900 in which over 6000 people lost their lives. The population of Galveston at this time was around 36,000 people so it lost a sixth of it population in this devastating storm.

Pier 21 Theater

The film is in the form of a very powerful documentary and it lasts for about half an hour. During this half an hour you will get to learn about the greatest disaster ever to hit Galveston. If you visit Galveston this is a must see film and it will give so much more meaning to your visit.

The film shows the devastating effect that the Great Storm of 1900 had on this small coastal community and amid the carnage and devastation you will recognise some of the buildings that survived the storm. Looking at those buildings today gives you a much better idea of the scale of the disaster and the human cost.

Galveston Island is so much more...

Galveston Island is so much more than just its history, no matter what your age there is something here for you and if you have a young family you will certainly not be stuck for things to do and see.

We had a great time and one of the must see places is the Aquarium which is housed in one of the three large glass pyramids that dominate the landscape.

One of the Pyramids

This was just one of the three Pyramids that dominate the landscape. Sorry I haven't got a photo with people in Lol..
This was just one of the three Pyramids that dominate the landscape. Sorry I haven't got a photo with people in Lol..

The Aquarium

We had a very interesting time in the Aquarium and found it well worth visiting. I got to touch the back of a small stingray and there were other exhibits that you could touch as well as just look.

The Aquarium

This is my hubby and our friend Sue standing outside of the Pyramid that housed the Aquarium.
This is my hubby and our friend Sue standing outside of the Pyramid that housed the Aquarium.

A Few Photos inside the Aquarium

To give you a little flavour of the Aquarium here are a few of our photos from that visit.


A few of our photos taken in the Aquarium

There were very many varieties of fish as you would expect
There were very many varieties of fish as you would expect
One of the most impressive of course was the shark
One of the most impressive of course was the shark
These crabs were very big
These crabs were very big
I was very surprised to see penguins in the Aquarium
I was very surprised to see penguins in the Aquarium
Coral
Coral
Different types of Coral
Different types of Coral

Lone Star Flight Museum

No matter what your interests are I bet you can find a museum here in Galveston to cater to your tastes. It seems they have museums concerning a really wide range of interests.

If you are into flying then the Lone Star Flight Museum is for you. Among its exhibits is a collection of World War Two Planes that will keep you happily browsing. It also boasts the Texas Hall of Fame for Aviation Heroes, which is well worth a look. It has all sorts of Aviation memorabilia

The video below gives you a real idea of what the museum contains and is all about.

Lone Star Flight Museum

Galveston Railroad Museum

If Aviation isn’t your thing then don’t worry how about Railways? Galveston has a very fine Railroad Museum. Having gone to YouTube to find something on the museum I find that the Museum was just about destroyed by Hurricane Ike on Sept. 13, 2008 this short video gives you a look at how Ike damaged some of their prized exhibits. From this video it seems that they are working hard to restore the Museum how far along that process is I don’t know.

Peggy W has an excellent hub on this Museum with some outstanding photographs of her visit on her hub taken before Hurricane Ike. This Hub of Peggy’s is well worth having a look at just for the photographs alone but if you take the time to read the Hub you will get so much more out of the hub. Here is the link http://hubpages.com/hub/Texas-Galveston-Railroad-Museum-Memories

Galveston Railroad Museum

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum

Galveston is much more than just a seaside resort, one of the interesting Museums that is industrial in its nature is the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. The only video I can find of this is taken by an Asian tourist and has subtitles in what looks like Chinese. This gives you a sneak look inside the Rig and is worth a quick look.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum

Texas Seaport Museum

If you like maritime museums then the Texas Seaport Museum will be right up your street and one of the projects of this museum is the Galveston Harbour Tour. This takes place on the vessel Seagull 2 and if you have the time it is an interesting tour to take. It is an educational tour often taken by school children on trips to Galveston and offers hand on science this video below will give you a real taste of the experience and at the end it gives you contact information and times of the tours.

Galveston Harbour Tour

Seawolf Park

Seawolf Park is on Pelican Isle in Galveston and is home to the USS Stewart a Destroyer Escort and the USS Cavalla a World War two Submarine both of these are open to the public and are interesting to visit.

The videos below will give you a taste of these two vessels.

USS Cavalla a World War two Submarine

USS Stewart a Destroyer Escort

The Harbour

This is obviously a real working harbour, with boats of all shapes and sizes and all sorts of industrial machinery to help with the loading and unloading of cargo. The following photos were taken just after it had been raining but I do like the moody effect that the lighting has produced on these photos.



Down at the Harbour

These are very moody looking views of the harbour
These are very moody looking views of the harbour
You get the feel that this is a real working harbour
You get the feel that this is a real working harbour
Not just a tourist harbour
Not just a tourist harbour

The Strand

This part of town is a real nice area to stroll around because of the sidewalks and streets that you can cross without having to get into a car to do it.

This area of town is old enough to have been built around the needs of people on foot and it has some really impressive looking architecture. It had just stopped raining and we seemed to have the place pretty much to ourselves.

The region round the Strand

Hurricane Ike 2008

When I started this hub I was totally unaware of the devastation that hurricane Ike wrought on Galveston, on the 13th of September 2008. Although this was not the worse hurricane this coastal town had suffered it was severe enough to damage many of the attractions that I was able to visit. This link http://www.galveston.com will take you to the official Website of Galveston Island where you can get up to date information on all these places.

We enjoyed our visit and I hope that you enjoyed your virtual visit via this Hub.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Maggs, great preview of Galveston. I live here and was completely unaware of the multitude of things to see there. If I ever get back that way it looks like a good couple of days to see these things, thanks Dusty


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Dusty, it is a pity that so much damage was done to Galveston in 2008 by hurricane Ike. I know that I often get to explore local spots of interest when showing visitors around.

It is amazing how you can live near something interesting and never visit it until you have visitors and take them to see it. Lol..


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hi Maggs,

I was born and raised in Houston with Galveston as my backyard playground. I have been to all of the places in your hub and this is a good view of what the island has to offer.

Did you not drive down the Seawall Blvd? Or go to any of the pretty good beaches? I say pretty good because the beaches are on the Gulf which is not the best body of water in the world, but there is some fine dolphin watching from shore. Dune buggies were once quite popular as you can drive on the beach.

You also missed the Ellissa which is just off the Strand. It's a tall sailing ship that has been fully restored to glory. Beautiful.

I love Galveston, so I could go on and on. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank for such a comprehensive hub. My son visit it last year and he enjoyed it. There is a hub written by a lady about the The Great Storm in 1900 and she even found a video to put on it. I will find it and be back to give you the exact details. Thank you for the joy reading your hub.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Oh, maggs, you can have a laugh at my expense. I just pop over to the hub I mentioned and saw it was you who wrote it. That is me. I always do things like that and things like that always happened to me. Oh, well now you know hahaha


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Never been there, but it sounds like a place to consider. Thanks for the read.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Austinstar, we did drive down the Seawall Blvd and we did get down on the beach but I didn’t take any photos. I am not sure why I didn’t take more photos; I may have been using film at the time so I would have had one eye on the cost of processing Lol…

My memories without the relevant photos to jog them tend to be a little bit vague and I think that it was at least eight or nine years ago we were there.

I must have missed the Elissa because if I had seen this beautiful ship there is no way that I would not have taken a photo of her. I love the tall ships and she seems to be a very fine example of one.

Thanks for the comments; you are very lucky to have this place on your doorstep.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Hello, I am glad that you enjoyed reading the Hub and that you saw the other Hub too Lol…

It was kind of you to give me a mention, you sound a bit like me as this is the sort of thing I would do too Lol...


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi lifegate, I am glad that you enjoyed the read, we certainly enjoyed our visit to Galveston. Thank you for leaving a comment I appreciate you doing that.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for the nice promo of my Railroad Museum hub. Am going to link this hub to that. I have had 5 one person art shows in Galveston and have created many Original Linoleum Cut Art Prints from there. One of the buildings featured several times in your photos from The Strand is one that I had done as a linocut...the Trueheart Adriance Building.

You've seen some things on your vacation that I have not yet seen even though we live in Houston. Isn't that always the way!

Did you get to tour the Bishop's Palace or any of the other historic homes?

Really good hub! Rating this up and useful. Thanks!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Peggy, I loved the photos on your hub those plaster type statues are really amazing they look so life like (apart from being all white that is Lol..) and I loved the photos where you had people posed with the statues.

Have you got a hub or a Website that features any of your art? I would love to swing by and take a look if you have. The Trueheart Adriance Building is quite something to look at so I would love to see your lino cut of this building.

I am not very artistic myself I love watercolours but when I try to paint the more I put in the worse it looks Lol..

We didn’t get to look inside any of the historic homes but we enjoyed all that we did get to see.

I know what you mean about not seeing things on your own doorstep. I got to see Guadalest when my daughter and family came for a visit, they live in America and I took them to see Guadalest so their first time was mine also.

I am sure that I would not have visited Guadalest if it had not been for the desire to show my daughter some of the beautiful places that this region of Spain has to offer. My daughter loved Guadalest and it was one of the first places she went back to visit when she and her family came to stay on holiday with us a year later.

I have written two hubs on Guadalest and to think I could have missed out on this beautiful place on my doorstep if it hadn’t been for my daughter wanting to visit there.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I really need to do some adjustments on the hub I did about my artwork. Here is the direct link: www.gallery3.net/woods To see the entire image you have to click on each image to enlarge it. You can see some of the other types of art that I have created by checking the news section at the top of the page and scrolling down. I've also created stone lithographs, torn paper collages, mixed media pieces, etc. Haven't updated the site in a while...but at least you will get a good idea of the linocuts.

Will have to search out your Guadalest hubs! Thanks!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Peggy, I love dogs so your pencil drawings of the three dogs were the first thing to grab my attention. You are such a very talented artist the linocut of the Trueheart Adriance Building is simply amazing so much detail. My only experience of linocuts was making them at junior school and they were very simple patterns and cut rather coarsely. Your work takes linocuts to a whole other level.

If anyone wants a treat I suggest your click this link

http://www.gallery3.net/woods/index.php

and see some of Peggy’s work for your self.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Maggs old friend, for a very enjoyable hub to Galveston Texas, thank for sharing all of it's beauty and information. Godspeed. creativeone59


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thanks so much Faye for your kind comments you are such an encourager.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

What a great hub on Galveston! I have never been there, but it sounds awesome. Such history here! I will have to watch these videos in more detail! Fantastic hub, Maggs! Thanks for this. Have to come back and read more soon!

Cassy.

ps. Going to vote this through Facebook too.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Cheeky Girl I am glad that you enjoyed your virtual trip to Galveston. Galveston is an interesting place to visit. Thank you also for leaving a comment I much appreciate you doing that.


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Seakay 6 years ago from Florida

Great information. Gaveston is now on my list of places to see! Thank you.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thanks Seakay for your comment I am sure that if you ever get to Galveston that you would enjoy your visit.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

This hub is really a good ride to Galveston! Thanks for sharing. I love the way you presented the place and the images too! All the best! =)


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi DjBryle, thank you for your comments they are very much appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyed the virtual visit and the photographs.

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