Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens
Colonel Paddlewheel Boat at Moody Gardens
Ropes Course and Zip Line at Moody Gardens
Palm Beach Waterpark at Moody Gardens
Bands on the Sand Fireworks at Moody Gardens
Moody Mansion
Moody Mansion
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Galveston's Beach Along the Seawall
Duck Tours
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Explore Galveston History

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Beyond the Moody Gardens story, Galveston history is rich and impressive and nearby attractions exist to tell the tale. In the 18th century leading into the 19th century, Galveston became a prominent North American port city. But before that, the area had a strong Native American population consisting of Akokisa and Karankawa Indians before Europeans arrived in the early 16th century.

Land of Pirates

The attraction Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast displays the life of Galveston’s first true settler, the pirate Jean Lafitte of the early 19th century.

Historic Homes

The Menard House, built in 1838, and the Samuel May Williams House, built in 1839, remain today and are among the island’s oldest homes.

First in the State

Galveston is an emblem for ambition as it was home to the state's first opera house, first hospital, first golf course, first post office and more.

Stormy Weather

The great storm of 1900 nearly obliterated Galveston, but failed. The film The Great Storm is shown daily at nearby Pier 21. The storm of 1900 also led to the building of the famous Seawall, which is home to Galveston's best dining, shopping and entertainment. 

A Closer Look

Head to the Bryan Museum for a closer look at Galveston's history as well as the history of Texas in one of the world's largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West.