10 Amazing Outdoor Activities in Crystal Beach


Looking for ways to make the most out of the 27 miles of sandy seashore on Crystal Beach? Check out this Crystal Beach outdoor recreation guide, jam-packed with all the outdoor activities you and your family can experience during your time here!  

Be sure to check out our free Crystal Beach outdoor recreation Vacation Guide to start planning your Crystal Beach outdoor activities today! 


Top 10 Crystal Beach Outdoor Recreation Activities You’ll Love 

Whether you enjoy laid-back or action-packed outdoor activities, this Crystal Beach brochure has you covered!  

1. Make the Most of the Waves  

With nearly 30 miles of shoreline, no trip to Crystal beach would be complete without some fun on the water. Why not surf the pristine waters of the Gulf Coast or cast a line from the shore? If you decide to fish the day away, you can expect to catch flounder, black drum, speckled trout, or redfish. You can always change your location and see what it’s like to fish off a jetty! Or spend half or full day on a deep-sea fishing charter.  

2. Enjoy Live Music at the Stingaree Restaurant and Marina 

After a day of R&R on the beach, get ready for a rocking night full of breathtaking views and delicious food. Stingaree hosts the best rock’n’roll and country bands live from all over the great state of Texas! After a day of fishing, why not end your day dockside so Stingaree chefs can cook up your catch of the day? It doesn’t get any fresher than that!  

3. Beach-N-Beer at H2 BrewHouse 

If you’re looking for an open-air atmosphere with brews from all over the U.S. and abroad, check out  H2 BrewHouse. You choose from three different outdoor areas to enjoy craft beer. Sit under the beach-side palapa deck and enjoy the sites of Crystal Beach, cozy up on the bay-side patio, or tire those little ones and have your four-legged friend tag along at Ollie’s Outdoor Beer Garden!  

4. Round up Your Family and Game the Day Away at The Gulf Range  

Get lost in all the outdoor activities The Gulf Range has to offer! Compete with your family and friends on the 18-hole mini-golf course. If mini-golf is not your forte, start up a game of giant Jenga, washers, cornhole, horseshoes, or beach volleyball! When you’re done winning, grab some food and enjoy the open-air bar at the Saloon. This Crystal Beach attraction also family-friendly events, like weekend outdoor concerts, open mic, karaoke, and televised sporting events all year long!

5. Enjoy a Unique 9-Hole Golf Course at The Ranch at Crystal Beach 

For a change of pace, treat yourself to a round of golf! You’re in for a unique experience at The Ranch at Crystal Beach, also known as the Crystal Beach Community Golf Course. You can show up any day from dusk to dawn, put your money in the box, and play! You’re welcome to BYOB, your family, and even your pets! Golf carts are included with your green fees, but the only “rental clubs” offered are a bunch of mismatched clubs.  

6. Live like a Local and Cruise Around the Island in a Golf Cart  

Gone are the days of lugging all your beach equipment by yourself, because let’s face it, the kids won’t be helping! Instead, experience life like a local and rent your very own beach buggy golf cart! What better way to see the island than cruising with the sea breeze in your hair? It also makes your Crystal Beach experience better than ever! 

7. Experience Past and Present at Fort Travis 

History buffs will love visiting Fort Travis! Did you know Fort Travis was the first fort established by the Republic of Texas in 1836 to protect the Galveston harbor entrance? It was also used in both World Wars. Today, you can fish along the rocky shore, picnic, cook, or watch the ships come in and out of Houston. It’s also a picturesque spot for a stunning sunset!  

8. Bike Crystal Beach to Point Bolivar Lighthouse  

Take in the very best of Crystal Beach outdoors by biking from your rental home with Swedes Real Estate! There’s no better way to see Point Bolivar Lighthouse up close than by taking the trails Crystal Beach has to offer. Although you can’t venture inside, there’s plenty of history to see at the South End of the island. Be sure to bring your camera!  

9. Take A Fun Ferry Ride to Galveston 

Make your way to Galveston any time of the day on the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry. This ferry runs 24 hours a day and is free for everyone! You’ll enjoy the fresh air on an 18-minute ride across the Houston Ship Channel with stunning views of Fort Travis, Bolivar Lighthouse, and all sorts of ships. Be on the lookout for dolphins; they like to lead tankers to and from port! Once you’re in Galveston, explore the historic neighborhoods, stroll the Seawall, or check out the rides and attractions on Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

10. Explore The East End Lagoon Nature Preserve  

A trip to Galveston wouldn’t be complete without visiting the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve! With 685 acres of breathtaking natural habitat, there’s so much for you to explore.! Take in the preserve’s natural beauty by hiking the nature trails or kayaking through the marshland to see what wildlife you stumble upon. Check out the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve Guide for more information on how to have the best visit while you’re there!  

Start Planning Your Crystal Beach Outdoor Recreation Activities 


Now that you know where to find the best Crystal Beach outdoor recreation, it’s time to start planning your adventure. Our Crystal Beach vacation rentals are close to all the action and offer the comfort and amenities you need like ocean views, beach access, private pools, hot tubs, elevators, and golf cart access!  

Take in all the Crystal Beach region activities when you book your stay with us! 

Don’t forget to request your Crystal Beach outdoor recreation Vacation Guide to start planning today!