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Galveston Beach Parks Now Open

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Galveston’s beach parks are all open! The parks – which offer special amenities like pavilions, playgrounds, bathrooms and more – opened March 12 and will remain open through October.

Seawall Urban Park
Seawall Urban Park, located along Galveston’s iconic 10-mile seawall, is now home to 16 blocks of brand new beaches. The new stretch of sand west of 61st Street was created as a result of a beach nourishment project completed in November. Elsewhere along the seawall, visitors can take advantage of several vendors that include surf lessons, jet-ski and stand up paddle board rentals.

Stewart Beach
Family-friendly Stewart Beach will feature new horseback riding and helicopter tours this beach season. In addition, visitors here can take advantage of volleyball courts, a pavilion, showers, umbrella and chair rentals, and food concessionaires. The beach also offers regular supervision from highly trained lifeguards. The park is located at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Seawall Boulevard.

East Beach
East Beach is known as Galveston’s laidback party beach. The park is home to a pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage as well as restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals, concessions and other amenities. Unlike most of Galveston’s beaches, alcohol is permitted at East Beach. The first weekend in June, the park hosts the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sandcastle Competition where thousands flock to see elaborate structures built from sand.

Dellanera RV Park
Dellanera RV Park is Galveston’s premier location for beach camping. Located on the west end of the island just beyond the Seawall, it features 65 RV hook ups and also offers day parking for beachgoers. The pavilion here features showers and a small convenience store. The beach features a children’s playground, seasonal chair and umbrella rentals, and picnic sites.

Seawolf Park
Located on Pelican Island, Seawolf Park is home to the U.S.S. Cavalla and the U.S.S. Stewart. The Cavalla serves as a memorial to the U.S.S. Seawolf, a submarine that sank during friendly fire in 1944. The U.S.S. Stewart is one of only three destroyer escorts in the world. Visitors to the park can tour both of these vessels. Seawolf Park is also home to one of the best fishing spots in the Gulf Coast region. New this season is a state of the art playground featuring slides, bridges, and interactive elements.

More Info

Admission to Galveston’s beach parks is $8 per car per day or $25 for an annual pass. Parking along the seawall is $1 per hour or $8 per day or $25 for an annual pass. Beach Parking Ambassadors will stroll the seawall perched atop three-wheeled Segways this spring and summer to assist beach-goers with using the city’s PayByPhone cashless parking application.

For more information on Galveston’s beaches, visit


Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island. For more information, visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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