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For Visitors


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Map of Primary Residences of Vacation or Second HomeownersEvery year, around 2 million people come down to Galveston County, and nearly 1 out of 10 of our resident taxpayers primarily resides in another county or state. A recent survey by Texas A&M University found that "85% of visitors indicated the likelihood of returning was either ‘high’ or ‘very high’" (Galveston County Visitor Study, 2009).

Those visiting find plenty to do, with hundreds of miles of beaches and shoreline for swimming, boating, and fishing; world class destinations like Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier, and Moody Gardens; and historical and cultural destinations like the Galveston Strand District, and the nearby NASA Space Center.

Visitor Breakdown:

  • Day visitor: 45%
  • Family/Friends vacationer: 38%
  • Second home/timeshare: 6%
  • Summer vacationer: 5%
  • Business traveler: 3%

The County of Galveston seeks to provide first class services to its visitors and part time residents. In the weeks ahead, we hope to offer more information and services to those who call Galveston their home away from home. Tell us how we can do that.

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County Forms for Visitors