Island is known for its historic waterfront and 32 miles of inviting Gulf beaches. Once the largest city in Texas, Galveston’s wealthy built stately Victorian homes along lovely, tree-lined streets that gives the island an elegant, 20th century appearance. The Port of Galveston is located at the mouth of beautiful Galveston Bay, just thirty minutes steaming time from the open sea. This ideal location makes Galveston a popular yachting destination with facilities to handle all types and size of vessels. Many yacht charter and cruise lines operate out of the Port, and several yacht clubs can be found around the Galveston Bay region. In addition, Clear Lake, just off the western shore of Galveston Island is home to several yacht charters, with one that offers certified sailing instruction. Pier 19-22, called the “Window on the Waterfront,” is a well known tourist-oriented facility on Galveston Island. It features shops and restaurants, an Ocean Star Drilling Rig Museum, art galleries and theaters, the Texas Seaport Museum and the Waterfront Inn. The Seawall in Galveston is an eight-mile wall built to protect the city from the raging winds and water of the Gulf of Mexico and makes a good historic/scenic walking area. Other places of interest include Big Reef Nature Park, which has a nature trail and a dune walkover, and Seawolf Park on Pelican Island offers fantastic views of the Port of Galveston.