Galveston, TX is a vibrant city with a flourishing art, coffee, and restaurant scene and a deep history to learn about. Doesn’t sound like the Galveston you know? Yeah it wasn’t for me either till I lived there. Like most everyone, I drove to the island and took 61st to the beach, got a 3rd degree sunburn while swimming in the brown water, and then hit 25th street directly to the strand.