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Mary Beth Bassett
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Office: (409)797-5121

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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Director of Public Relations
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Galveston Beach Parks, Tourist Attractions Reopen As
Stay-at-Home Mandates Lifted
GALVESTON, Texas (April 30, 2020) – Galveston’s beach parks and several tourist attractions will reopen to the public following the lifting of stay-at-home mandates brought about because of the coronavirus pandemic. The parks – including East Beach, Stewart Beach, Dellanera RV Park, and Seawall beaches will reopen Friday, May 1.
“Galveston Island would like to extend a warm welcome to those who wish to visit the island after weeks of being stuck inside,” Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun said. “The health and safety of our residents and visitors are of utmost importance to us. As such, we ask all who come to the beaches to maintain social distancing, not gather in large groups and to wear face coverings when possible.”
Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Police Department will actively enforce social-distancing mandates at the beach.
Parking fees will apply at Stewart and East beaches and along the Seawall beaches. Parking is $15 per car at the beach parks and $1 per hour along the Seawall. Amenities will be open to the public at these locations.
The Galveston Park Board staff has adopted rigorous cleaning procedures at its parks. Among the procedures put in place are cleaning high traffic areas, touch points and bathroom surfaces on a frequent, regularly scheduled basis, increasing the frequency of trash removal, and sanitizing park equipment daily. In addition, staff will enact measures to ensure proper distancing in queues and at public gathering places.
Hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and some attractions are expected to open May 1 with certain restrictions. Larger attractions including Moody Gardens, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark remain closed until further notice. For updated information on hotels, shops and restaurants, visit
The following tourist attractions plan to open this week:
  • Galveston Historical Foundation: The 1892 Bishop's Palace, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and Historic Harbor Tours & Dolphin Watch, will reopen this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Moody Mansion will open on Friday, May 1 and will continue on a temporary schedule of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Galveston Island Railroad Museum will open this weekend.
  • Fishing piers and fishing charters will open for business Friday, May 1. Contact individual outlets for details.
  • Moody Gardens Golf Course will open Monday, May 4.
  • Seawolf Park will open Monday, May 4.
For more information, visit
About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.


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