Galveston Island State Park#4 in Best Things To Do in Galveston
For a dose of natural beauty, visitors should make some time for Galveston Island State Park. Located about 15-some miles down the coast from The Strand, the park offers plenty of outdoorsy activities, such as swimming, fishing, hiking and bird-watching, among others. Plus, its campsites are also an affordable way to spend the night.
Along with the peaceful beach environment at Galveston Island State Park, visitors also appreciated the shower and restroom facilities.
Admission to the park is $5 for adults; kids ages 12 and younger get in for free. The park is open daily, but visitors should be advised that it gets busy on weekends between March and October. For more information, visit the Galveston Island State Park's website.
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#1 Stewart Beach
Stewart Beach is one of the most popular strips of sand in Galveston, and with its host of beachside amenities, it's no wonder. There are lifeguards, restrooms, showers, concession stands, chair and umbrella rentals – and even a playground for kids. Recent visitors appreciated this beach's large parking lot and loads of amenities, as well as the beach's proximity to Pleasure Pier.
Stewart Beach sits where Broadway Avenue and the Seawall intersect. From March through May and during September and October, parking costs $10 between Monday and Friday and $12 on the weekends. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking costs $12 between Monday and Friday and $15 on the weekends. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the beach welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. From March to May and September to October, beach bums are welcome to visit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. Keep in mind that this family-friendly beach prohibits alcohol. For more information, visit Galveston's convention and tourism website.
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