Galveston pups know that the best beach is at the tip of the barrier island at East Beach! Also known as R.A. Apfell Park, this furbulous beach has lots to offer both you and your furry bestie. Your and your leashed pup can romp and splash throughout all 655 acres of East Beach and enjoy the tons of amenities.
East Beach is known for its "party" atmosphere. Not only are there a lot of live concerts and festivals held on this beach, but alcohol is also permitted as long as it isn't in a glass container. Concessions include food, drinks, and alcohol available for purchase. The large entertainment stage hosts plenty of live concerts for your enjoyment. There's also seasonal events, such as the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sandcastle Competition in June.
Many other outdoor accommodations make it easy to enjoy your time at this beach! Bring your kids to the playground, rent out the pavilion for a family get-together, or rent some great beach supplies to relax in the white sand. Take a dip in the water, stroll along the shore, or lounge on a beach towel, but always remember to provide plenty of shade for both you and your doggo. Umbrellas and chair rentals are available. Keep in mind that sand can be hot on your doggo's feet, so plan accordingly. There's also restrooms and showers for the humans in your pack.
If you and your adventure dog are more into exploring and sightseeing, head north to the attached 215 acre Big Reef Nature Park. Featuring the East Lagoon Nature Trail and dune walkover, this is the ideal spot for birdwatching and nature study. You can find a variety of birds such as cormorants, egrets, herons, ibis, and black skimmers, or explore the area’s natural tidal marsh environment. The ideal locations for birding are the tidal creek and pond, while the best time to see the birds is early or late in the afternoon. Another great thing about Big Reef is that it offers you the perfect spot to watch the incoming and outgoing ships, but note that while you can walk the beaches here, you cannot swim. The tide is too dangerous on this side of the barrier island, and signs are posted prohibited any swimming. There are designated parking areas by the bollards if you decide not to hoof it from East Beach.
With lots of parking to East Beach, you have choices if you come early enough. Some free parking is available, but will fill up fast. Paid parking runs from $10 - $15, depending on the day of the week, and hours and open days can change, so be sure you check before you go.
Be sure to pack all the essentials for a safe and fun trip with your pup, including water and a bowl for your thirsty dog. Always have clean-up bags on hand and stoop and scoop wherever you travel throughout East Beach.
For a furbulous time in gorgeous Galveston, bring your pup to East Beach!