Galveston county in southeastern Texas is 51 miles (82 km) southeast of Houston. It is a major deepwater port on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway sited on Galveston Island, a 30 mile long barrier island. It is linked to the mainland by causeways and a bridge. The city is a a popular holiday spot, with many Victorian buildings and long stretches of beach nearby. Historic homes and buildings include Ashton Villa (1859), The Bishop's Palace (1893), Menard Home (1838) and the Custom House (1861). Moody Gardens features a series of themed Pyramids such as rainforest, aquarium and discovery.
From Galveston you can visit Houston, the Astrodome and the NASA Space Center.
Spanish explorers probably visited the area as early as 1523. Since that time it has served as a home to Akokisa Indians, the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte, the Texas navy, "the Wall Street of the Southwest," the richest city in Texas and the site of the worst storm disaster in U.S. history.
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