A Day at the Beach

Beach_Vadim_Troshkin HEADERFriendly Galveston, notorious for its sultry subtropical climate and ideal island location, offers so much for student groups to see and do in this perfectly situated getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, yet just a short jaunt from big-city Houston. Year-round “summertime” temperatures promise perfect beach-going weather whenever you arrive.

Whether your plans include shell-seeking and sunbathing, hitting the waves, impromptu volleyball tournaments and BBQ - then get packing! Seawall Boulevard, a popular urban park more than ten miles long offers plenty of warm, white sand as well as the nation's longest continuous sidewalk, just right for running, biking or plain ole people watching. Its beaches afford easy access to the island's waterfront restaurants, resorts and tourist attractions, including the Historic Pleasure Pier.

Outdoor types in search of a more eco-friendly experience will want to explore Galveston Island State Park, one of the top five “Best Gulf Coast Beaches” according to the Travel Channel. Here you'll find a quiet oasis on the island's West End where visitors can enjoy kayak tours, beach and surf explorations, camping, bird walks, nature excursions and fishing clinics, all for free! Stewart Beach, named one of the ten best beaches by Family Vacation Critic, is Galveston’s premier family beach park, featuring top-notch amenities including concessions, restrooms, showers and volleyball courts in an all alchohol-free, family-friendly setting, ensuring a perfectly peaceful day on the Texas shore.

Hot-spot East Beach, at the far eastern tip of the island, is well-known for its festivals and live concerts held throughout the summer months. This rockin’ beach park venue is home to a pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage as well as concessions, restrooms, showers and other amenities. Not to be overlooked, a variety of “Pocket Parks” tender sun and sand seekers plenty of public parking, acres of clean seashore, a variety of amenities and great access to local attractions.

Grab your group, get down to Galveston and get your beach on!