Frequently Asked Questions
Are Galveston’s beaches open?
Galveston’s beaches are open to the public. They reopened on May 1 following the lifting of stay-at-home mandates brought about because of the coronavirus pandemic. The parks – including East Beach, Stewart Beach, Dellanera RV Park, Seawall beaches and west-end beaches are open. Find out more.
What are the health and safety guidelines beachgoers should follow?
The health and safety of our residents and visitors are of utmost importance. As such, all who come to the beaches must maintain social distancing of staying at least six feet apart from others not in your family, not gather in large groups and wearing face coverings when possible.
Are these guidelines being enforced?
Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Police Department will actively enforce social-distancing mandates at the beach.
What are the beaches’ hours?
Beach parks – Stewart Beach, East Beach and Dellanera RV Park beach are open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. — 7 p.m. on weekends. West end beaches and seawall beaches are open 24 hours. Parking is enforced along the seawall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily and no overnight camping is allowed on the beach.
Do I have to pay for parking at the beach?
Paid parking at beach parks and along seawall beach parks is enforced. Parking fees at the beach parks are $12 – $15 per car and $1 per hour on the seawall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, new free parking spaces have been added along the north side of the seawall. The free parking spots can be found on the north side of Seawall from 12th to 19th streets, 33rd to 39th streets, 53rd to 61st streets and 85th to 91st street. Seawall Parking is paid through paybyphone.com. Find out more.
Where can I buy a parking pass?
Annual parking passes for the seawall cost $25 and may be purchased by calling 866/234-7275, visiting paybyphone.com or at the following retail outlets: Ohana Surf and Skate, Island Bicycle and the 61st Street Pier. Annual parking passes for the beach parks cost $50 and may be purchased at East Beach, Stewart Beach or Dellanera RV Park.
What are some health and sanitation practices I can expect to see in Galveston?
The Galveston Park Board staff has adopted rigorous cleaning procedures at its parks and along the Seawall. Among the procedures put in place an increase in soap and paper towels stock in public restrooms, restrooms surfaces will be cleaned on an hourly basis, the frequency of trash removal has been increased and park equipment will be sanitized daily.
Are Galveston’s restaurants and bars open?
As part of statewide Phase II reopening efforts, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22. Bars—including wine-tasting rooms, craft breweries, and similar businesses—may open at 25% occupancy. But, like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties. It’s a good idea to contact restaurants and bars individually because schedules can vary.
Are Galveston’s hotels and vacation rentals open?
Galveston’s hotels and vacation rentals are open on an individual, voluntary basis. Please contact individual properties or management companies for details. Find out more.
Are the hotel pools open?
Hotel pools are open with limited capacity.
Is Historic Downtown or The Strand district open?
Shops, galleries and restaurants in the Historic Downtown District are open on an individual basis with limited capacity and certain restrictions. Several shops require face coverings when entering.
Which attractions are open?
Several Galveston attractions have opened on a limited schedule and others plan to open in the coming weeks:
- Moody Gardens attractions will open Saturday, May 23 inviting guests to return for the first time in 10 weeks. Visitors can enjoy the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, MG3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: An Interactive Adventure, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, and the new Dinos Alive exhibit
- Galveston Historical Foundation: 1892 Bishop's Palace, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and Galveston Harbor Tours
- 1895 Moody Mansion
- The Bryan Museum
- Galveston Railroad Museum
- Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is open for walk-ons only. Rides remain closed.
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark remains closed until further notice
- Site-seeing and dolphin tours are available. Details here.
- Moody Gardens Golf Course opened Monday, May 4.
Where and when can I fish in Galveston?
There are several public fishing piers in Galveston including the 61st St. Fishing Pier, Galveston Fishing Pier, 9001 Seawall Blvd.; and Seawolf Park. Hours are subject to change. Contact the piers for details. Private fishing charters are also available. Find out more.