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Galveston Local Information

Galveston local information

The City of Galveston makes the following information available on it’s website. It’s intended to provide Galveston residents (and future residents) with all of the local information they need.

Animal Shelter
Adopting animals is infinitely rewarding. Find out how you can adopt an animal from the Galveston Island Humane Society.

Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy offers insight to all GPD divisions and special teams.

Emergency Notifications – One Call Reaches All
The City of Galveston uses an emergency notification system to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations.

Browse available employment opportunities within the city.

Galveston County
Visit the website of Galveston County.

Hurricane Preparedness
Browse through information on different plans and guides.

Explore the different landmarks of Galveston.

Maps & GIS
The City of Galveston continues to adopt innovative technology by utilizing GIS to share its story with the world.
Mosquito Control

New Residents Guide
Gather helpful information and resources for any new resident.

Notify Me®
Sign up for notifications.

Online Forms
Access city forms and applications.

Parking in the city varies depending on the area of town that you are in.

Parks & Recreation
Explore the city’s parks and recreation opportunities.

Pay Your Water Bill
Utility payments online using a credit or debit card are free.

Recycling Center
Protect the environment by reusing, reducing, and recycling today.

Rosenberg Library
Read about the Rosenberg Library.

Sister Cities
Meet Galveston’s sister cities.

The mission of Galveston ISD is to educate, engage, and empower each student for a life of excellence.

Access bus and trolley services provided by Island Transit.

Report Water Leak

2020 Census Count
The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the 2020 census count this spring. For more information, visit

Rumor Control
The City of Galveston’s Rumor Page is dedicated to eliminating misconceptions, and bringing residents the facts about varying issues and concerns within our community.


Just 32 miles long and no more than three miles at its widest point, Galveston Island packs a lot of life in a small space.

Bounded by 19th and 26th streets (west to east) and Church and Harborside (sorth to north), Downtown Galveston includes two primary districts: the historical Strand District and an area known simply as Postoffice, which is home to the Opera House, art galleries, antiques shops and upscale restaurants.

The Strand:
Visitors tend to congregate in the Strand, which is home to the cruise port, and on Seawall Boulevard between 61st and 4th streets. The nearly five-mile stretch of the Seawall is lined with restaurants, bars and hotels.

East End:
Primarily a residential area, the swampy East End of the island is home to the Coast Guard, shipping companies, a mixed-use community known as Beach Town and East Beach, the only beach on the island where alcohol is permitted.

West End:
The west side neighborhood fronting Offatts Bayou is home to two of the city’s most popular tourist attractions: Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Water Park.

Silk Stocking District:
The Silk Stocking local historic district was created in 1975, with 25th Street, or Rosenberg, as the core thoroughfare.