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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  • My Hubs and I were looking for a semi close place to go to the beach that would be low cost. We had an amazing time here. It was quite, clean, and easy to access. The shower/bathrooms were very nice, ...  more »
  • I always prefer to go to the beach at the Galveston Island State Park instead of the more popular, common Galveston beaches. I'm more for solitude than crowds and there always seems to be less people ...  more »
  • I was on a bicycling and camping vacation along the Gulf Coast. I tried camping at an RV park but was rejected for being a tent camper. However, they did suggest Galveston Island State Park. It stradd...  more »
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  • I visited this park for the first time and I was not disappointed. The entry fee is only $5 for day use, the staff was nice, and the grounds clean. The trails were surprisingly nice, but my only complaint is that many of the informational signs were faded and unreadable. I'll definitely be back to visit again in the future.
  • Site 17 on ocean side. Short walk to very quiet, secluded beach. Even though this small park stays booked, we were able to call and get a spot last minute due to cancellations/no-shows thanks to rainy forecast (we stayed dry).
  • A beautify place to get away from the crowds. The beach is pristine in its natural beauty. There are plenty of showers , restrooms and changing areas, as well as covered pic nic tables. And if you want til nightfall to leave, you get a lovely treat of dancing fireflies.
  • I have driven past the park since I was a kid but never really knew all it offered. Great place to enjoy nature and learn. Go solo or take the family.
  • Peaceful a mind clean. Spent an amazing day here