Galveston Island State Park, Galveston

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  • This park is a world away from the touristy main parts of Galveston Island. In January it was pretty empty and the trails were also a bit muddy, which meant no crowds. I did see one couple bundled up ...  more »
  • We went on a december afternoon for some kayaking (on the bay side of the park) The park features a few kayak friendly launch areas....easy in and easy out The winter can be rough on the ocean side, b...  more »
  • Well worth the trip to this reserve to get away from the noise. A quiet wetland area, 10 minutes drive from the beach. Explore the area through small trails to see water birds and if you are lucky the...  more »
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  • This was another stop on our birding adventure. The ocean side of the park had some decent waves due to some winds carrying on throughout the day. So we opted for the bay side and trails through there. Some were more like the kayak paths due to some extra water over many paths. We did wander down a couple: the Caracara trail loop and the Clapper Rail. We tried the connecting ones to get to the higher observation tower, but all the paths leading towards it were quite water covered at the time. Overall, it is lovely and we look forward to returning someday.
  • Nice level sites. Not as parky as we thought. No trees, but I guess we shouldn't have expected it being close to the beach. We stayed on the bay side. It was in December and I don't think the beach side would have been worth it. Not really good views of the ocean or bay. Probably worth it if it was warm enough to beach. Weather was cloudy and cold when we were there. The lady working the counter was very nice and fun.
  • Good location for sightseeing and beach goers. Beach areas were easily accessed and not too crowded. Bathrooms available and kids under 12 are free.
  • The hiking trails were not very scenic and kind of hard to find. I didn't take a ranger led tour, which might have made them more interesting. The swimming area was nice but very crowded. There were no designated places for fishing, and fishermen were throwing lines right next to where I was swimming with my kids.
  • This is a beautiful park, the beach is amazing especially after coming from cold Colorado lol. There is one great big glitch though. The showers are falling apart, the water cannot be shut off in several of the buildings. I spoke with a park ranger who told me that they have been trying to get them repaired for months but the state hired the cheapest plumber to build the new shower buildings and they won't come back and fix their mess and the head office in Austin won't let them hire and other plumber to come in. Sooooo, we are letting 1000's of gallons of fresh water run down the drain weekly because of an inept state agency. I'm disgusted.
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