Deciding how to have fun this summer in Galveston can be as daunting as trying to decide which of Baskin-Robbins’ 32 flavors should adorn your ice cream cone, even if you’ve narrowed your choices down to spending at least some of your time frolicking in the sand at one of the island’s five beach parks.
But we’re to help. Consider it attitude adjustment assistance.
Seawall Urban Park
Thanks to a recently completed nourishment project that added 15 blocks of sand, this park has stepped up its game big time.
“The project was a collaboration between the Parks Board, the city of Galveston, the General Land Office and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps dredges the ship channel every 18 to 24 months and normally dumps the sand out to sea, but we made arrangements to bring the sand via barge and blow it to the front of the Seawall from 61st Street west,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau/Galveston Park Board spokesperson Mary Beth Bassett.
Bassett said the addition of roughly 600,000 cubic yards of sand provides for ample space to fly a kite, go for a run or just walk the shore. The beach is also home to several outfitters providing paddleboard and personal water craft rentals, and surfing lessons and more.
This spot at Broadway and Seawall Blvd. gets a lot of publicity, and rightly so. It’s a prime destination for families looking for some good clean fun. It’s got all the stuff you look for in a beach park, including showers, life guards on duty, a playground, volleyball courts, changing rooms, umbrella and chair rentals and food concessions. If you can’t have a good time at Stewart Beach, you’re just not trying hard enough.
Generations of sun worshippers have flocked to East Beach, known as the laidback, party beach thanks to its unique position as the only public beach on the island where alcohol is allowed. It’s the home of the super-popular Gulf Coast Volleyball Association (GCVA). It’s also got a pavilion, a boardwalk and entertainment stage, along with restrooms, a playground, umbrella and chair rentals, showers, and food and alcohol concessions. Alcohol is also allowed at East Beach. It’s home to the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sand Castle Competition that attracts thousands of people each summer.
Long known as the home of both the U.S.S. Cavalla and U.S.S. Stewart historical ships available for tours, this park located on Pelican Island is also recognized as one of the prime fishing locations along the upper Texas coast. A newly-added playground area provides a great place for the kids to hang out while mom and dad grab some alone time.
Dellanera RV Park
With 65 beach front RV hook ups, this is the place to be if you plan on staying a while, but you can also park there for the day and take advantage of amenities like showers and a convenience store. It’s also been enhanced by a recently completed nourishment project.
Ok, so it’s still tough to decide what to do in Galveston this summer, but my advice is take tour time and do as much as you can while eating that 32-flavor ice cream cone before it melts. Book Galveston Island lodging here, or by calling (888)939-8680.