Galveston, Texas Outdoor Activities

Galveston Island Tweets!

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.

For Families
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,
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 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

The Grand Kids Festival Returns April 7th

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018

The 23rd annual Grand Kids Festival is set for Saturday, April 7. Sponsored by The Grand 1894 Opera House, this fun, family event - with a special "pirate" theme - will take place from 10am-5pm in historic downtown Galveston's Cultural Arts District on Postoffice Street Read more.

Head to Galveston This Spring for Fun on the Beach, New Attractions

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring has returned, which means flocks of Texans will be saying goodbye to winter as they head to the beach. Read more.

Seven Amazing Things You Need To Do in Galveston this Spring

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018

Whether you’re paddling along tranquil coastal channels, playing in an indoor waterpark, or indulging in some first-rate dining, you’ll find many reasons to visit Galveston this spring. Read more.

Galveston Trolley Rolls Out 2018 Spring & Summer Hours

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

As we welcome spring on Galveston Island, the Trolly hours of operation have been set for the 2018 spring and summer season. Read more.

Moody Gardens Offers Fun-Filled Spring Break

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spring break is almost here and Moody Gardens is offering new attractions and experiences to provide an enjoyable daytrip or extended vacation at one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas. Read more.

Ready to Hit the Beach? Start Here!

Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018

Deciding how to have fun on the beach in Galveston can be daunting, 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. Read more.

10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It's hard to narrow it down to only 10 things, but here's are the 10 reasons you should get on Island Time! Read more.

Galveston's Beaches: So Many to Choose From!

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

When the temperatures soar in the weeks and months ahead, what’s the best Galveston beach to hit the waves? Read more.

Seven Must Do Family Activities

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

If you’re running low on ideas that will make everyone happy, here are our suggestions for some must-do family experiences on the island. Read more.

Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?

Published: Monday, November 27, 2017

Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more. Video
Galveston Island Tweets!