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Local Green Guide: Galveston, TX

Events, Galveston Beaches, City Programs, Outdoor Recreation, & More

Activities

Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
(800)582-4673

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Check out the Aquarium Pyramid where you can see penguins, sharks and thousands of tropical fish or enjoy an up-close experience with free-roaming Saki Monkeys and other endangered animals and plants at the Rainforest Pyramid plus a whole lot more! In addition to all the activities, Moody Gardens is an educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

Galveston Island State Park
14901 FM 3005
Galveston, TX 77554
(409)737-1222

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Here you can find 2,000 acres of land, beach, gulf and bay. These natural areas are important for conservation and attract a wide variety of bird species. Whether you come to the park to fish, swim, lie in the sun, picnic, birdwatch, or camp you can unwind and enjoy the relaxing surroundings.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market
2508 Post Office St.
Galveston, TX 77550
(888)939-8680
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Open from 9:00am to 1:00 p.m. every Sunday morning where you'll find locally grown produce, fresh prepared foods and edible farm products.

Sailing in Offatts Bayou
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It's a popular place for sailing because it is protected waters are smooth perfect for sailing.

Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy all the sun and sand have to offer in Galveston.

Beach Parks

While there are many beach parks, here are some that are recommended by the City of Galveston:

East Beach
1923 Boddecker Dr.
(409)797-5111

This is the biggest and most popular beach in Galveston. It is known for beach parties, outdoor concerts¸ special events, live bands and more.

Sea Gull Shores Beach Pocket Park 1
11102 San Luis Pass Rd.
(409)740-0390

It is only minutes from 61st Street and Island attractions like Moody Gardens. Beachfront parking is also available.

Sand Castle Beach Pocket Park 2
11745 San Luis Pass Rd.
(409)740-0390

This beach includes an educational wetlands preserve, beach access points and public parking.

Sea Shell Beach Pocket Park 3
San Luis Pass Rd. at 11 Mile Rd.
(409)740-0390

Here you'll find 10 acres of beach and parking is available on 11 Mile Rd.

Stewart Beach
201 Seawall Blvd.
(409)797-5182

Geared towards families, this beach park sponsors family-oriented events like volleyball tournaments and sandcastle competitions throughout the summer.

Annual Events

AIA Sandcastle Competition
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On Saturday May 31st head to Galveston's East Beach for one of the world's largest sandcastle competitions. For over two decades teams of architects, designers, and engineers have competed in this sand competition to prove who's the best.

Beach Walk at Galveston Island State Park
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Every Saturday through November 23rd at 10:00 a.m. the Friends of Galveston Island State Park offer beach walks to get a close-up look at the many animals and birds that live in the sand, surf and seaweed. Included in the tour are hands-on seining, digging and beachcombing.

Bay Walk at Galveston Island State Park
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Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m., you can take a bay walk to get a close-up look at the animals that inhabit the marshland and bay.

Programs

Recycling in Galveston
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Residents are encouraged to recycle, which can be done at the ECO Center located 702 61st St. Galveston, TX 77551. In addition, residents can use the paper and cardboard collection bins located at Lindale Park at the intersection of 4th Street and Marine Dr. The City of Galveston does provide monthly home collection of recyclables to elderly and disabled residents. To register for this service, please call 409-741-1446 or email publicworks@cityofgalveston.org.

Galveston Bay Estuary Program
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The goal of this program is to provide comprehensive ecosystem management through collaborative partnerships and to ensure preservation of the bay's multiple uses.

Organizations

Galveston Bay Foundation
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It was created to preserve, protect and enhance Galveston Bay -- one of the world's most productive estuaries. The Galveston Bay Foundation fulfils its mission through its programs in advocacy, conservation, education and research.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
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Its mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region's orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens. It assists with a number of government issues including transportation, air quality, community and environmental just to name a few.

Clean Galveston
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This is a community based membership organization committed to the reduction of litter and solid waste handling practices, as well as beautification and recycling programs on Galveston Island.

Resources

City of Galveston
Galveston.com