Discover Galveston Island

Galveston Island

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

Beach Parks:


East Beach

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

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.

Seawall Parking:
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 or 1-866-234-7275.

Discover Sylvan Beach Park

Discover Sylvan Beach Park

Sylvan Beach Park-An easy beach getaway

This park is a hidden gem in the Bay Area. It is conveniently located within a half hour’s drive from Houston and is less than 10 miles from the Kemah Boardwalk.   If you are looking for a beach experience without the longer drive to Galveston, it is a nice getaway.  The park overlooks the upper portion of Galveston Bay. Since it is a bay beach, don’t expect the larger rolling waves you may experience in the ocean.  Just put your toes in the sand, watch the big ships go by and find comfort in the plentiful breezes.  Conveniently, two of our vacation homes are located across the street from the park and beach area.

The park is a family friendly area and spreads over 31 acres.   Some of the amenities include: 2 sand beach areas with bay swimming, a large pay to fish pier, public boat launch, picnic areas, playground area, gazebos, restrooms with cleaning service katy and a skateboard park.

Park Layout

This park also has a bait shop and they can be reached by phone for daily prices and fishing conditions. You can also purchase your day fishing pass to the pier at the shop.  The bait shop can be reached at 281-471-5705

Link to Google Map
Park Hours:  Mon-Sun: 


In addition to being a great daytrip, the Park hosts many annual events year round such as a the annual Sylvan Beach Festival and Sylvan Beach Triathalon to name a few.  This year, the city of La Porte will celebrate its 125 year anniversary and will feature Clay Walker at Sylvan Beach as the headlining performer.

Sylvan Beach Festival

This annual event usually held in April.  The 2 day festival features a BBQ cook off, amusement rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, live music, and a pageant.  The festival is considered family friendly.

Sylvan Beach Festival fun  

Sylvan Beach Festival Live music stage right on the bay