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.
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.
  • Cash or Credit
  • Monday thru Thursday: $12
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: $15
  • $50 Seasonal Parking Passes Available
  • 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 9 - May 24:
  • Weekdays 9am-5pm
  • Weekends 9am-6pm
Memorial Day to Labor Day
May 25 to Sept 2:
  • Weekdays 9am-6pm
  • Weekends 8am-7pm
Sept 3 - Oct 6:
  • Weekdays 9am-5pm
  • Weekends 9am to 6pm
(Hours may be seasonal and subject to change)
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 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
  • 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.