Tis the season of sandy paws, salty kisses and happy tails. We’ve sniffed out the best places to bring your four-legged friends for the ultimate island adventure. So skip the kennel and head to the beach!
From fetching along the shoreline to cooling off on a boat ride on the bay, Galveston has a variety of spots your pup will really dig. Voted “One of the Best Dog Friendly Beaches” by Town & Country in 2016, the island welcomes thousands of pups every year. After all, vacation should include the entire family.
Check out these cool spots to take your dog this summer on the island:
1923 Boddeker Drive
Located at the far eastern tip of the island, East Beach is a great destination for outdoor fun. While the popular beach is known for its festivals and live concerts held throughout the summer months, it’s also a wonderful place to take your dog to frolic in the sand and waters. The beach park is home to a pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage as well as restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals and concessions. Alcohol is permitted at East Beach. Parking is $12 Monday-Friday, and $15 Saturday-Sunday.
*Dogs are invited to play on all public beaches as long as they are on a leash.
2704 Avenue O
With its abundance of shade trees and lush foliage, Kempner Park is a dog lover’s paradise. Dogs of all sizes and breeds can be seen frolicking at the park, home to the octagonal Garten Verein (Garden Club) that was the center of 19th-century refined social life in Galveston.
Galveston businessman Stanley Kempner bought the site in 1923 and donated it to the city as a public park dedicated to his parents. In 1998, the Kempner Fund provided a $1 million restoration grant for the iconic pavilion.
Stewart Beach Park
6th Street and Seawall Boulevard
For the perfect escape for you and your best friend, head on over to Stewart Beach Park, where there’s plenty of opportunities to play fetch or take a cool dip in the Gulf of Mexico.
Named one of the “10 Best Beaches for Families” by Family Vacation Critic in 2013, Stewart Beach is Galveston's premier family beach park. There’s plenty of amenities for a day at the beach under the regular supervision of highly trained lifeguards. Alcohol is not permitted at Stewart Beach. Parking is $12 from Monday-Friday, and $15 Saturday & Sunday.
Lindale Dog Park
400 Marine Drive
There’s much fun to be had at Lindale Park, which is known for its ballpark and tennis courts – and its popular dog park. There, tails are wagging as dogs of all sizes and breeds get together for some canine socialization inside the fenced enclosure. Lindale park is a city owned park open to the public.
Menard Park Dog Park
2222 28th St.
From its prime location at 28th and Seawall Boulevard, Menard Park is one of the island’s most popular parks, and home to the Jonathan M. Romano Skate Park, McGuire-Dent Recreation Center, and the Menard Park Dog Park. You’ll usually find friendly dogs there throughout the day. The park also has tennis courts, picnic areas and a pavilion. Menard Park is ADA accessible, and admission is free.
BayWatch Dolphin Tours
2100 Harborside Drive
Your dog can ride for free on this cruise that visits dolphins in their native habitat. The 45-minute tours are held on a boat with a covered interior, and the boat (which has no propeller) is designed to keep the dolphins safe. Your dog will love the sights and sounds of Galveston Bay, and may even get an up-close look at a friendly dolphin!