East End

Wandering through the East End Historic District on foot or by car is like taking a trip back in time.

The East End is adjacent to downtown and was Galveston’s first residential neighborhood.

East End Historical District Homes

The East End became the island’s first locally designated historic district in 1971 and is also listed as a National Historic Landmark by the National Register of Historic Places.

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History

The East End encompasses a few different neighborhoods, each with its own character and significance. The University of Texas Medical Branch can be found on the East End, along with the East End Historic District. The story behind the historic neighborhood, with its impressive array of Victorian homes, is that in 1885, a devastating fire swept through the city. The East End's tight grid pattern slowed firefighting efforts, and the area was totally decimated. Famous architects such as Nicholas Clayton, Alfred Muller, and George Stowe stepped in to lead the reconstruction, designing elegant Victorian homes throughout the district.

Wandering through these areas, with their lush landscaping and colorful historic homes, is a wonderfully relaxing way to spend the day while you're in Galveston. Make sure you peek into some of the local shops and stop for a bite to eat along the way.

East End Lagoon

East End Lagoon Nature Preserve

The East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve is a nearly 700-acre ecological preserve with diverse habitat on the island's far eastern end. As one of the few undeveloped large salt marshes / coastal prairies on the island, it is considered a local treasure.

The preserve is home to a wide variety of birds and marine mammals that thrive in the brackish waters found here. For a true nature immersion in a pristine environment, spend a few hours ambling slowly through this place, observing the birds and taking in the sounds of nature.

Visit Galveston's East End to experience the true essence of the island, from its storied past to its pristine nature. For information on where to stay in Galveston, click here.

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