Galveston Island State Park, Galveston

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Galveston Island State Park is a Texas state park located on western Galveston Island in Galveston County, on the western Gulf Coast in Texas.GeographyThe park protects 2013.1acre of dunes, estuaries, wetlands, brackish ponds, and beaches. It was established in 1975. It is adjacent to the city of Galveston.Habitats include surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands, bayous and bay shoreline. It has numerous trails for scenery and wildlife viewing. There is a public campground in the park.HistoryGalveston Island is a barrier island between Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The island began to form around 5,000 years ago. It took another 3,000 years for the core to become high enough to withstand typical storm surges. American Indians began to visit Galveston Island around 2,000 years ago.In the 16th century, Spanish exploration initiated European interaction with the indigenous Akokisa and Karankawa peoples. It is believed that Cabeza de Vaca and his crew were shipwrecked here in 1520 and eventually made their way from the island to colonial New Spain (México).
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  • State park is $5 person, nice beach, and enjoyed the day. Not sure if there is a benefit to the beach, other than it is a state park. You can go to many beaches for free. However, nice day and worth d...  more »
  • We camped here in our RV for a weekend family getaway. We stayed on the beach side and found the spots to be adequate with decent prices ($25/night). You get water and electrical hookups and there is ...  more »
  • When we are staying in a hotel in Galveston, we always make sure to visit the state park. The beach is on the west end of the island, quiet and safe. There are restrooms and showers available. One the...  more »
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  • We RV camped on the bay side. Sunsets are wonderful, the staff is friendly and restrooms\showers are clean and air conditioned. You can't beat the price either, only $20 a night with water and electric hookups ( plus $5 per person access fee but DAV gets​ the access fee waived with proof of 60% disability or better). The park used to be a long way from convenience stores but ice and beer is about a half mile away now on either side.
  • If you're going to take your RV go here. The campsites are so much more roomy than the regular RV sites. They have showers that are clean but the view is to die for because they're so close to the water. We had a killer Sunset last night. Stayed on campsite 61 and had a view of the ocean right from the back of already. Would all for that one again 60 is well 59 all of them really. Everything's done and a semicircle which makes a little more cozy unless invasive to your neighbor
  • Only $5 per person but the beach on June 3 was not the best. A lot of seaweed. On the weekend, there's a lot of people but there is an abundance of beach space. The watter temp was 82 degrees and the ocean breeze was nice. The beaches are just not as nice as compared to Destin Florida.
  • Galveston State Park offers a refuge on the busy island. The park has both beach front and marshes to enjoy. Kayaking, fishing, and relaxing on the beach are all popular activities. Note: you do not need a fishing license to fish within the Park's boundries!
  • Clean beaches. Friendly rangers. Safe. Nice restrooms/showers. Absolutely no complaints. Love this park!