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Galveston Beach

Galveston Beaches offer a wide variety of options  for your enjoyment of the Gulf. Bring the family and have some fun in the sun in Galveston!

Galveston Beaches

East Beach

1923 Boddeker Drive
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)762-EAST

Galveston’s East Beach is the coolest and biggest beach in Texas. East Beach is the place if you want to party. It is know as the ultimate party beach.  Located at the far eastern tip of the island, East Beach is famous for its great beach parties, fishing and bird watching. In addition, East Beach has live bands, promotions, an annual sand castle competition and other activities described in the calendar of events.

Unlike most Galveston beaches, drinking is legal on East Beach.

Chairs and umbrellas are available for rent on weekends May thru August. East Beach is “Houston’s Playground,” located just 45 minutes south of the fourth largest city in America. So come get down, get funky and get loose on Galveston Island’s East Beach. Mingle with the crowd or slip away to a quiet spot and chill out.

East Beach holds about 7,000 cars on a huge wide open beach and is a perfect setting for ticketed outdoor concerts and festivals. East Beach welcomes national and local promoters, advertisers and beach enthusiasts.

Cars: $8
Buses/RV’s: $16

Hours of Operation
March thru May: 9am – 5pm
June thru Sept: 9am – 6pm

March thru May: 9am – 6pm
June thru Sept: 8am – 7pm

Chair & Umbrella Rental Schedule:
Mid-March thru Memorial Day: Weekends
After Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Daily
After Labor Day thru Sept: Weekends

Galveston Island Pocket Parks

Sea Gull Shores Beach Pocket Park 1 is located on Galveston Island’s west end at FM 3005 at 7 1/2 Mile Road, only minutes from 61st Street and Island attractions Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Beachfront parking available

Located on the island’s west end at 11745 FM 3005 at 9 Mile Road, Sand Castle Beach , Frank Carmona Pocket Park 2 includes an educational wetlands preserve, beach access points, and public parking.

Amenities include outdoor rinse-off showers, as well as umbrella and chair rentals.

Sea Shell Beach Pocket Park 3 is located on Galveston Island’s west end at 13315 FM 3005 at 11 Mile Road. The park is only 10 minutes from Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark, as well as only a few miles from the Historic Strand District.

In addition to its 10 acres of sparkling beaches, parking is available.

Cars: $8
Buses/RV’s: $16

Hours of Operation
March thru May:
Weekdays 9am – 5pm
Weekends 9am – 6pm

June thru Labor Day:
Weekdays 9am – 5pm
Weekends 9am – 6pm

Weekends: 9am – 6pm

October thru February:

Galveston Island State Park Beach

Galveston Island State Park  offers kayaking, bird watching and fishing,  The park has campig, barbecue pits, neaby bot ramp and a fishing cleaning station. Beachside and Bayside camping are open. The Beachside Day Use Area is also open and has tables, grills, and rinse off showers. Restrooms and showers are available on the beach side and restrooms without showers are available on the bay side. Restrooms and showers are available on the beach side, and restrooms without showers are available on the bay side.

Galveston Island State Park, in Galveston County, is in the City of Galveston on the west end of Galveston Island. It is a 2,013.1-acre site that was acquired in 1969 from private owners under the State Parks Bond Program and was opened in 1975.

Entrance Fee: $5.00 per day per person ages 13 and older

Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week year-round, except for hurricane watch/warnings. Busy Season: March through October, especially weekends.

Palm Beach at Moody Gardens

With its white sand beaches and freshwater lagoons, Palm Beach has offered Galveston Island visitors a scenic, family-friendly escape to cool off since 1988. Discover a more interactive experience with the addition of a Lazy River and a giant Tower Slide as part of a $5.5 million enhancement.

Explore our new Kon-Tiki themed water adventure!

Amongst the lush, exotic setting, this year you will find a Kon-Tiki themed water adventure with a variety of new choices to engage and explore:

• A 650-linear-foot Lazy River offers over 60 interactive points at which guests on shore can splash and spray as their friends float by along the Lazy River course.

• Two 18-foot enclosed Tower Slides offer a thrilling plunge of refreshment.

Palm Beach’s Kon-Tiki theme suggests fun in the sun and a water adventure for all. The area is named after the Incan sun god Viracocha, who was also known as Kon-Tiki.

Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl also traveled the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia in 1947 on a raft he named Kon-Tiki as he explored the possibility that South Americans could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Other great amenities include a remodeled gift shop, full-service concession and grill, lounge chairs, umbrellas and volleyball courts. Guests will have access to the Splashpad automated aquatic water feature and the Aquarium Adventure playground, which includes eight-feet-tall climb-on platforms, 25-foot Hydro Storm tower with a 500-gallon water dump bucket and more. As the name suggests, the soft white sand at Palm Beach was shipped to Moody Gardens on barges from Florida. The attraction offers lifeguards, showers and lockers.

Palm Beach Admission
Adult: $18.95
Child (4-12): $15.95
Senior (65+): $15.95

Additional admission required for visiting other Moody Gardens exhibits.

Stewart Beach

A premier family beach, Stewart Beach sponsors family-oriented events, such as volleyball tournaments and other special events throughout the summer season.

The park features umbrella and chair rentals, volleyball courts, an outdoor pavilion with an elevator, snack bar, souvenir shop, restrooms and showers.

The Stewart Beach Community Room is the perfect location for company parties, wedding receptions, family reunions, and other special events. Outside catering is permitted. Contact the Park Manager at (409) 797-5182 for availability and prices.


  • Pavilion with public restrooms
  • Outdoor rinse off showers
  • Snack Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Umbrella and Chair Rentals (Seasonally)

$8 per vehicle/per entry
$16 oversize vehicles

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