Frequently Asked Questions
Wondering what is open and what the rules are in #galveston these days? Here are some answers to the most asked questions.
Are Galveston’s beaches open?
Galveston’s beaches are open to the public. They reopened on May 1 following the lifting of stay-at-home mandates brought about because of the coronavirus pandemic. The parks – including East Beach, Stewart Beach, Dellanera RV Park, Seawall beaches and west-end beaches are open. Find out more.
What are the beaches’ hours?
Beach parks – Stewart Beach, East Beach and Dellanera RV Park beach are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. on weekends. West end beaches and seawall beaches are open 24 hours. Parking is enforced along the seawall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily and no overnight camping is allowed on the beach.
Do I have to pay for parking at the beach?
Paid parking at beach parks and along seawall beach parks is enforced. Parking fees at the beach parks are $12 – $15 per car and $1 per hour on the seawall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Seawall Parking is paid through paybyphone.com. Find out more.
Where can I buy a parking pass?
Annual parking passes for the seawall cost $25 and may be purchased by calling 866/234-7275, visiting paybyphone.com or at the following retail outlets: Ohana Surf and Skate, Island Bicycle and the 61st Street Pier. Annual parking passes for the beach parks cost $50 and may be purchased at East Beach, Stewart Beach or Dellanera RV Park.
What are the health and safety guidelines beachgoers should follow?
The health and safety of our residents and visitors are of utmost importance. As such, all who come to the beaches must maintain social distancing of staying at least six feet apart from others not in your family, not gather in large groups and wearing face coverings when possible.
Are these guidelines being enforced?
Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Police Department will actively enforce social-distancing mandates at the beach.
What are some health and sanitation practices I can expect to see in Galveston?
The Galveston Park Board staff has adopted rigorous cleaning procedures at its parks and along the Seawall. Among the procedures put in place an increase in soap and paper towels stock in public restrooms, restrooms surfaces will be cleaned on an hourly basis, the frequency of trash removal has been increased and park equipment will be sanitized daily.
Are Galveston’s hotels and vacation rentals open?
Galveston’s hotels and vacation rentals may open on an individual, voluntary basis. Please contact individual properties or management companies for details. Find out more.
Are the hotel pools open?
Under Texas state law, hotel pools are open at 25% capacity.
Which attractions are open?
Several Galveston attractions have opened on a limited schedule and others plan to open in the coming weeks:
- Galveston Historical Foundation: 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and Galveston Harbor Tours, will open on weekends
- 1895 Moody Mansion will continue on a temporary schedule of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Bryan Museum is opened Wednesday-Sunday
- Moody Gardens Golf Course opened Monday, May 4.
- Fishing piers and charters resumed operations on Monday, May 4 including Seawolf Park.
Larger attractions including Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark remain closed until further notice. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is offering free walk-ons but the rides are not operating.
Where and when can I fish in Galveston?
There are several public fishing piers in Galveston including the 61st St. Fishing Pier, Galveston Fishing Pier, 9001 Seawall Blvd.; and Seawolf Park. Hours are subject to change. Find out more.
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (GICVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island, Texas.