eastbeachIf you’re looking to party, East Beach is your ultimate destination! 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 is home to a pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage, as well as restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals, concessions and other amenities. Unlike most of Galveston’s beaches, alcohol 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.


$8 per vehicle
$16 per RV

Hours of Operation:

March 8– May 23:  
                Weekdays 9am-5pm
                Weekends 9am-6pm
Memorial Day– Labor Day:
                Weekdays 8am-6pm
                Weekends 8am-7pm
September 9 – October 8:
                 Weekdays 9am-5pm
                 Weekends 9am-6pm


Entertainment Stage and Boardwalk
Chair & Umbrella Rentals

Park Rules:

Glass Prohibited
Pets Permitted on Leashes
Clean Up After Your Pets
Camping Prohibited 12am-5am
Open Fires Prohibited (BBQ allowed)
Stay Off Dunes
Tents and Tarps Permitted in Designated Areas
Launching Boats Permitted in Designated Area West of Park
Hard Bottom Craft (Surfboard, Kayaks, etc.) are Prohibited May 15th thru Labor Day.  (Permitted West of Park Year Round)
Fishing Permitted from South Jetty and West of Park
4-Wheelers,  ATV’s, and Dirt Bikes are Prohibited
One-Time Entry Per Vehicle with Paid Entry

Water Safety Tips:

Swim Near a Lifeguard
Stay Away from Rocks
Learn To Swim
Swim with a Buddy
Check with the Lifeguards
Use Sunscreen and Drink Water
Obey Posted Signs and Flags
Keep the Beach and Water Clean
Learn Rip Current Safety
Enter Water Feet First
Wear a Life Jacket
No Swimming/Wading near the South Jetty
No Swimming/Wading in the Ship Channel


R.A. Apffel Park (East Beach)
1923 Boddeker Drive
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 797-5111