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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
galveston.com/stewartbeach/
March through mid-October. $8-$16 per vehicle
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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
galveston.com/eastbeach
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
galveston.com/galvestonislandstatepark
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.
galveston.com/SeawallUrbanPark

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

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Published: Friday, June 21, 2019

Don’t let this cancellation rain on your vacation parade, plan your trip to Galveston Island today! Read more.

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Published: Friday, June 14, 2019

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Celebrate World Oceans Day This Saturday on Galveston Island

Published: Wednesday, June 05, 2019

On Saturday, communities across the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day, and Galveston is no exception. Check out some of these activities to join in. Read more.

Moody Gardens Palm Beach Offers An Island Splash Of Fun For The Whole Family

Published: Monday, May 20, 2019

Guests can enjoy pristine white sand, lazy river, tower slides, live music with fireworks and more! Read more.

Galveston Island Beach Revue Returns May 17 & 18

Published: Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Galveston’s vintage past meets present-day fun for the 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue. Read more.

Galveston Beach Parks Now Open

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

The time has come! Stewart Beach and East Beach's gates are now open for business. Hours, pricing and more can be found here. Read more.

Galveston Island Events April thru May 2019

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: Read more.

Galveston Island Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Published: Monday, December 03, 2018

In addition to being a great holiday vacation destination, Galveston Island is home to some of the most unique boutiques, shops, restaurants and attractions in the country, making it a perfect place to do some of your holiday shopping! Read more.

The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Holiday Experiences in Galveston

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018

The holidays are about spending time with your family, and Galveston has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, events and displays! Read more.

Galveston Fishing Rodeo Wraps Up

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The results are in for the Galveston Fishing Rodeo. The leader board is impressive. Read more.

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