R.A. Apffel (East Beach)

If 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, children's playground, concessions and other amenities. Unlike most of Galveston’s beaches, alcohol is permitted at East Beach.

Making the Beach Experience Accessible to all!

To obtain a beach wheelchair:

  • Visit any Park Board operated beach park (East Beach, Stewart Beach or Dellanera RV Park)
  • Ask the gate attendant for a beach wheelchair
  • Provide a driver’s license to be held until return of the chair

Beach wheelchairs are offered on a first-come first-served basis, with no reservations or fees required.

  • Pavilion
  • Entertainment Stage and Boardwalk
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Chair & Umbrella Rentals
  • Lifeguards
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bird Sanctuary Located in Park
  • Beach Wheelchairs Available (rental with a valid drivers license)
  • Beach Supplies
  • Food and Drinks
  • Alcohol Available
Hours of Operation:

March 13 - May 27, 2021:
  • Monday - Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
  • Friday - Sunday 9 am - 6 pm
May 28 - Sept. 6, 2021 (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day):
  • Monday - Thursday 9 am - 6 pm
  • Friday - Sunday 8 am - 7 pm
Sept. 7 - Oct. 10, 2021:
  • Monday - Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
  • Friday - Sunday 9 am - 6 pm
(Hours are subject to change without advanced notice)
Park Rules:
  • Glass Prohibited
  • Pets Permitted on Leashes
  • Clean Up After Your Pets
  • Beach Camping Prohibited 12am-5am
  • Open Fires Prohibited (BBQ Pits allowed)
  • No Propane
  • Stay Off Dunes
  • Tents and Tarps Permitted in Designated Areas
  • Launching Boats Permitted at the beach access point at the end of Apffel Road, 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
  • The use of Drones or radio mechanically operated devices in the Beach Parks or at the Beaches is strictly prohibited at all times, unless specific written authority is granted by park management in conjunction with the Superintendent of parks where temporary permits may be obtained for a fee of $100 for a 2 hour minimum with the exception of The Park Board of Trustees and The City of Galveston.