Galveston Island is a short drive from our vacation rental homes. Beyond the sandy beaches, the historic Strand district, the free ferry ride, Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn and the Seawall make a great day trip.
For general information on things to do around the island: Galveston Information
If you’re looking for a party atmosphere, East Beach should be on your list! Located at the far eastern tip of the island, East Beach is famous for its great festivals and live concerts held throughout the summer months. The beach park has a pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage as well as restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals, concessions and other amenities. Unlike other Galveston beaches, alcohol and driving on the beach 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.
For more information, hours, parking pass information, please visit: East Beach
Stewart Beach is a great family beach. Located at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and the Seawall, Stewart Beach offers plenty of amenities for a day at the beach as well as regular supervision of highly trained lifeguards. The park has a pavilion, concessions, restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals, beach volleyball courts, and more. Alcohol is not permitted at Stewart Beach.
For more information, hours, parking pass information, please visit: Stewart Beach
Seawall Urban Park
The center of Galveston’s beach activity takes place along the island’s famous Seawall Boulevard. The Seawall and its beach park stretches more than 10 miles which is considered the nation’s longest continuous sidewalk. Along the sidewalk, any given day, you will see running, biking or just people watching. Along the Seawall, you will find access to the island’s many beachfront restaurants and tourist attractions, such as the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park.
Parking along the Seawall from 6th to 69th streets and 81st to 103rd streets can be purchased via Pay By Phone for $1 per hour, $8 per day or $25 per annual pass. Paid parking is enforced from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Register your vehicle by visiting www.paybyphone.com or 1-866-234-7275.