West End Pocket Parks

Whether you choose to relax on the beach with a blanket and a good book or fly a kite with your kids, you are guaranteed a lovely outing at the West End Pocket Parks.

Encompassing a quiet oasis on the west end of Galveston, the Pocket Parks ensure a low-key and relaxing day at the beach.

pictured: West End beach from Tipsy Turtle.

Pocket Park 1

No need to look for a parking spot at Pocket Park 1, as visitors are welcome to drive their cars right onto the sand (entry fee per vehicle is $15). The chilled-out atmosphere here makes it one of the preferred beaches for simply lounging in a beach chair by the water. Dogs are welcome, as long as they’re on a leash.

Pocket Park 1 is located at 3790 7/12 Mile Road, conveniently near other Galveston attractions, like the 61st Street Fishing Pier, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, or Moody Gardens.

For more information visit Pocket Park 1.

Pocket Park 2

Down at 3005 9 Mile Road you’ll find Pocket Park 2 beach. Here, cars must park in the paved parking area, but entry is free. Go for a swim, build sandcastles, and throw around a frisbee, and conveniently use the on-site showers at the end of the day. Beach umbrellas and chairs can be rented, and restrooms are available too, making it a preferred beach for families.

If you don’t feel like packing the picnic basket or cooler, head to the Tipsy Turtle Seaside Bar & Grill for a snack. Try one of their appetizing share plates, or a juicy burger with all the fixings. They also have a great kids menu.

For more information visit Pocket Park 2.


Restaurants & Bars

You'll be happy to know that the Tipsy Turtle's patio is right on the beach! It's a perfect spot to sit back with a cold drink and watch the sun go down after a day of playing in the waves. The Tipsy Turtle is conveniently located behind the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resorts on Termini-San Luis Pass Road. There is free parking.

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West End Pocket Park Rules

  • Overnight parking or camping is not permitted
  • Open fires, campfires, and fire pits are prohibited (BBQ pits allowed)
  • No littering
  • No glass
  • Stay off the dunes
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times; clean up after your pets
  • Obey all city ordinances and park rules

Contact West End Pocket Parks

For more information about Pocket Parks 1 and 2, contact the City of Galveston Parks and Recreation at (409) 797-3700.

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