With 32 miles of shoreline and a variety of parks, Galveston Island offers something for every kind of beachgoer. And with warm Gulf waves from spring through October, there’s plenty of time to explore each beach’s unique personality. Whatever your sun-seeking fancy, Galveston has a spot for you.
Stewart Beach’s well-tended restrooms and showers, souvenir shop, snack bar and beach wheelchairs are convenient for young and old. Lifeguards keep close watch on swimmers, and there are rentable chairs and umbrellas for those content to enjoy the sights. Alcohol is not permitted.
6th St. and Seawall Blvd., 409-797-5182
March through mid-October. $8-$16 per vehicle.
For Party Animals
Known for its festivals, live concerts and annual sandcastle competition, East Beach is the ultimate party beach. Offering showers and restrooms, concessions, umbrella rentals and volleyball courts, plus a boardwalk, concert stage, and an outdoor bar, it’s one of the few beaches allowing alcohol. It’s also the biggest beach in Texas, with room for fishing and birdwatching alongside the revelry.
1923 Boddeker Drive, 409-797-5111
March through mid-October. $8-$16 per vehicle.
For Sporting Types
Galveston Island State Park offers kayaking, bird watching and fishing clinics, all available at no cost with advance sign-up. The park is camp-ready, with water and electrical hook-ups, restrooms and showers, barbecue pits, a nearby boat ramp and a fish-cleaning station. Its four miles of multi-use trails are perfect for mountain bike riding, not to mention hiking and nature walks.
FM 3005, West of 13 Mile Road, 409-737-1222
Open year-round. $5 per person ages 13+.
Call for camping rates.
For Nature Lovers
Miles beyond the Seawall, on the island’s quieter West End, lie Galveston’s two Pocket Parks. Each provides a sandy place to frolic or wade, although Beach Pocket Park 2 also offers an educational wetlands preserve, outdoor showers, public parking and beach access points.
Beach Pocket Park 2, 11745 FM 3005 at 9 Mile Rd., 409-797-5102, galveston.com/carmona
March through September. $8-$16 per vehicle.
For People Watchers
Seawall Urban Park is the 10-mile stretch of coast along Seawall Blvd., the longest continuous sidewalk in America. Visitors can ride bikes, rent surrey bicycles or jog between the boulevard and the beach. There’s plenty to see on the way, including beachfront restaurants, resorts and, of course, the constant parade of other vacationers.
Parking along the Seawall can be purchased via paybyphone.com or at 866-234-7275 for $1 per hour, $8 per day or $25 per annual pass.
For History Buffs and Fishing Enthusiasts
Seawolf Park, on Galveston’s Pelican Island, is a former immigration station site. It features the USS CAVALLA World War II submarine and the USS STEWART, one of only three surviving destroyer escorts, both available for tours. It’s also a popular fishing pier and will soon offer 40 RV campsites.
Year-round. $6 to $10 per vehicle plus $2 to $6 per person for fishing and naval display.
For RV Goers
Dellanera RV Park offers 65 full RV hook-ups, plus day parking. The newly renovated sites include service utilities, water, sewer and electricity, along with picnic tables and barbeque pits. For the beach, there are umbrella and chair rentals, a playground, showers, laundry facilities, a gift shop and a recreation room. Dellanera also offers free Wi-Fi.
Year-round. Rates from $34 per night.
For Animal Lovers
All Galveston Island beaches permit pets on leashes (as long as owners clean up after them).
From the Blogs
Kingfish Everywhere, Ling Running
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Galveston fishing report provided by Aqua Safari Charters on May 23, 2018. Read more.
Galveston's Only Electric Bike Rental Shop Opens Downtown
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Electric bicycles are the new, exciting way to explore and experience the sights that only Galveston has to offer. Rent an electric bicycle and take yourself or a group of friends on a tour of Galveston’s history, curiosities and fare, all on your own schedule. Read more.
Galveston Island Market Celebrates 10th Year
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The Galveston Island Market, sponsored by the Galveston Art League, will be holding its monthly open-air arts & crafts market on May 19! Read more.
Don't Forget Postoffice!
Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018
The quarter-mile strip of Postoffice Street between 23rd & 20th St. has dozens of great shops, top-notch coffee, ice cream and more! Read more.
Free Summertime Activities in Galveston
Published: Monday, May 07, 2018
Looking to enjoy island time without spending a pretty penny? This guide to free summertime activities is perfect for you! Read more.
NASA Supersonic Test Flights Coming This Fall to Galveston
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018
NASA has announced a series of supersonic test flights that will happen off the coast of Galveston this Fall. Read more.
Fourth Week Winners Announced
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for cash prizes! Here are the winners of Week 4. Read more.
Third Week Winners Announcement
Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for cash prizes! Here are the winners of Week 3. Read more.
New Stewart Beach Pavilion Coming Soon
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Galveston Park Board approved the design for a brand-new Stewart Beach Pavilion and you're gonna want to see it! Read more.
Second Week Winners Announcement
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for cash prizes! Here are the winners of Week 2: Read more.