Galveston is a city on Galveston Island, off the Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 45 minutes southeast of Houston. Galveston is a port of entry and a destination for almost all the cruise ships with ports of call in Texas. Many Houstonians have beach houses in Galveston or elsewhere in Galveston County where they sometimes relocate during the summer, or simply drive to Galveston to enjoy the local beach.
The island is small enough that walking can take you most places, although it is not recommended in all neighborhoods, particularly outside the historic district, the Strand, and the Harborside district. Seawall Blvd. is one of the busiest parts of Galveston, especially during the summer. Since Galveston streets are in a grid it is easy to find a less-busy parallel street to travel on, but watch out for unexpected one-way streets. Metered street parking is available throughout the city, so bring change. Galveston has long operated the Island Transit streetcar service which provided 7 different routes throughout the historic district and parts of Seawall Blvd. Unfortunately, the trolley suffered massive damage by Hurricane Ike in 2008, and currently no trolleys are running. A 4 million dollar FEMA grant from the federal government has been awarded to the city to resume its trolley service. There has been no announcement about when the streetcar service will resume. More details can be found at the Island Transit streetcar/trolley service website