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About Galveston

Galveston is coastal town located on Galveston Island, a barrier island off the Texas Gulf. The beautiful seaside town enjoys a humid, subtropical climate under which locals and visitors alike can look forward to an excellent art, culture and culinary experience. Thousands flock to this beach each year to take advantage of the area's epic social life, but there's also plenty of breathtaking natural terrain to explore for days and weeks on end. 


Popular Coastal Attractions

With 32 miles of shoreline and a variety of parks, Galveston Island offers something for every kind of beach-goer and camper. And with warm Gulf waves from spring through October, there’s plenty of time to explore each beach’s unique personality. Whatever your sun-seeking fancy, Galveston has a spot for you. For families, Stewart Beach’s well-tended restrooms and showers, souvenir shop, snack bar and beach wheelchairs make it a convenient spot for young and old. Lifeguards keep close watch on swimmers, and there are rentable chairs and umbrellas for those content to enjoy the sights. 

 For party animals, the city is known for its festivals, live concerts and annual sandcastle competition, and East Beach is the ultimate party beach. Offering showers and restrooms, concessions, umbrella rentals and volleyball courts, plus a boardwalk, concert stage, and an outdoor bar, it’s one of the few beaches allowing alcohol, and it's also the biggest beach in Texas, with room for fishing and birdwatching alongside the revelry.

For sporting types, Galveston Island State Park offers kayaking, bird watching and fishing clinics, all available at no cost with advance sign-up. The park is camp-ready, with water and electrical hook-ups, restrooms and showers, barbecue pits, a nearby boat ramp and a fish-cleaning station, plus, its four miles of multi-use trails are perfect for mountain bike riding, not to mention hiking and nature walks.


For nature lovers, miles beyond the Seawall, on the island’s quieter West End, lie Galveston’s two Pocket Parks. Each provides a sandy place to frolic or wade, and Beach Pocket Park 2 also offers an educational wetlands preserve, outdoor showers, public parking and beach access points.

For people watchers, Seawall Urban Park is the 10-mile stretch of coast along Seawall Blvd., and the longest continuous sidewalk in America. Visitors can ride bikes, rent surrey bicycles or jog between the boulevard and the beach, and there’s plenty to see on the way, including beachfront restaurants, resorts and, of course, the constant parade of other vacationers.

For history buffs and fishing enthusiasts, Seawolf Park, on Galveston’s Pelican Island, is a former immigration station site. It features the USS CAVALLA World War II submarine and the USS STEWART, one of only three surviving destroyer escorts, both available for tours. It’s also a popular fishing pier and will soon offer 40 RV campsites. For animal-lovers, all Galveston Island beaches permit pets on leashes (as long as owners clean up after them).


Art Scene

Galveston has a thriving art scene that draws local and regional talent of out of the wood work to be celebrated by visitors and locals in the area. The Galveston ArtWalk takes place every six weeks on a Saturday and is organized by the Galveston Arts Center. The event showcases dozens of showcases and art exhibits, as well as vendors selling unique art pieces. During the event, musicians perform outdoors and at venues such as the Proletariat Gallery & Public House or Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe. While most ArtWalk events are concentrated downtown, there are a number or participants elsewhere on the island, ensuring that everyone gets to experience at least a part of the area's stellar creative landscape.

 Visitors to the area can also look forward to The Galveston Ballet, a regional pre-professional ballet company and academy serving Galveston county. The company presents one full-length classical ballet in the spring of each year and one mixed repertory program in the fall, both presented at the Grand 1894 Opera House and is a great taste of the local performing arts culture. The town is also home to the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of amateur and professional musicians formed in 1979, and dozens of outdoor sculptures such as the 1900 Storm Memorial by David W. Moore, Birth by Arthur Williams, Dignified Resignation by Louis Amateis and the Dolphins by David W. Moore. Other notable sculptures include: High Tide by Charles Parks, Jack Johnson by Adrienne Isom, Pink Dolphin Monument by Joe Joe Orangias and Texas Heroes Monument by Louis Amateis.



As a coastal town, Galveston enjoys a host of festivals and events each year, taking advantage of the gorgeous coast, and acres of beautiful flatlands. Most events are hosted during the summer months, and some notable one include: Galveston Featherfest and Nature Photofest, Mardi Gras! Galveston, The Grand Kids Festival and the May Historic Homes Tour. There's many more, such as: Bands on the Sand, Sand Crab 5K & 10K Night Run, Easter in the Gardens and the Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show. Regardless of the time of year, there's always something fun and interesting happening at Galveston. 


Popular Campgrounds and State Parks

There is nothing like a private piece of the beach! Dellanera RV Park is Galveston's premier beachfront camping site, offering 1,000 feet of sandy beach with 65 full RV hook-ups and day parking. The RV facilities at Dellanera recently went through a major renovation, creating all new campsites to accommodate larger RVs. The sites provide service utilities, water, sewer and electrical service. Each site features its own picnic table and barbeque pit.  A children's playground is also included. The beach at Dellanera includes umbrella and chair rentals, a children's playground, picnic sites, and a pavilion with showers, laundry facilities, gift shop and a recreation room. Dellanera also offers free wireless Internet.

Campers can also look forward to Galveston Island State Park for world-class public camping. Travelers can enjoy quiet, early-morning strolls on the beach, swim, go bird-watching, or fish on the water's edge. There's also plenty of opportunities for geocaching and paddle-boarding, all within a breathtaking natural environment. Amenities at the park include: picnic tables, water, shade shelter and a lantern post. There's also restrooms, showers, food storage boxes, grills and fire rings. 


Places to Eat

When it comes to food and drink, Galveston Island is second to none. The town has recently welcomed a new breed of chefs determined to turn the island into a hub for cutting-edge cuisine and signature cocktails.  If you’re looking for unforgettable food, lively libations and dynamic nightlife, look no further than ZaZa Bar & Bites, located in Historic Downtown Galveston! One of the area's most popular eateries, the bar specializes in signature martinis & cocktails, craft beers, hookah, and Indo Fusion edibles, and makes every effort to create their drinks and dishes using the freshest, locally sourced produce and seafood using Indo Fusion spices that are imported from the Indian Subcontinent. The area is also known for its abundance of food trucks and summer time Food Truck Festival each Saturday, and it's rich variety of culinary offerings ranging from barbecue to coffee and desserts, Mediterranean, Mexican and even Italian eats. 

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