The historic port city of Galveston is famous for its humid subtropical climate and ideal island location; there is so much to see and do in this friendly favorite Gulf Coast destination, perfectly situated away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland yet just a short jaunt from Houston. Year-round “summertime” temps ensure perfect beach going weather whenever you arrive; here are a few of the local favorite sandboxes – so read on, then get packing for that Lone Star State getaway of a lifetime! Stewart Beach, named one of the ten best beaches for families by Family Vacation Critic, is Galveston’s premier family beach park, featuring top-notch amenities – including concessions, restrooms, showers and volleyball courts – in an alchohol-free setting – ensuring a perfectly peaceful day at the Texas shore. Seawall Boulevard, a popular urban park more than ten miles long offers plenty of warm, white sand as well as the nation’s longest continuous sidewalk — perfect for running, biking or plain ol’ people watching; its beaches afford easy access to the island’s best restaurants, resorts and tourist attractions, including the Historic Pleasure Pier. Outdoor types in search of a more eco-friendly experience will want to explore Galveston Island State Park, one of the top five “Best Gulf Coast Beaches” according to the Travel Channel – a serene oasis on the island’s West End where visitors can enjoy kayak tours, beach and surf explorations, camping, bird walks, nature excursions and fishing clinics – all at no cost. Looking for a good time? Hot-spot East Beach – at the far Eastern tip of the island - is famous for its fabulous festivals and live concerts held throughout the summer months. This rockin’ beach park venue is home to a pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage as well as concessions, restrooms, showers and other amenities. Not to be overlooked, a variety of conveniently located “Pocket Parks” tender sun and sand seekers plenty of public parking, acres of clean seashore, a variety of amenities and great access to local attractions; grab your group, get down to Galveston and get your beach on!