Galveston Island State Park, Galveston

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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 beach of choice when visiting Galveston. Less people, nice for walking, jogging, walking pets, or even a picnic or dinner. Lovely in the evening. There are picnic tables, showers, etc. Parking is a...  read more »
  • Great beach park, better than the seawall area. A lot of picnic tables and man made shade. We found no tree. Easy walk from the parking and visitors office. Tip visitors information and check in is on...  read more »
  • We've tent camped here and also used the day use area. Both experiences were great. The facilities are well tended, and the beach is excellent. On the north side of the highway is a salt marsh with wa...  read more »
  • 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.
  • We stayed on the bayside. Great view of the bay from the camp site. Showers/bathrooms are a little far from RV sites, but they are very nice! Plenty of fishing areas and places to launch kayaks.
  • We stayed here for about 10 days and love it. For the price that you pay the stay could not have been any better. Friendly park rangers, very clean and the beach was quiet. The only real issue/question that we had was the fact that everytime we checked the website it showed that the beach side rv spots were booked. We would go look and there were as many as 10 spots or more always open. My husband asked at the office about it and they stated that even though someone didn't show up for their reservation that individuals spot would still be reserved. So these spots were always "full" even though no one was there just because people didn't cancel their reservations. We have had much experience with state parks and I know that they only hold your fee for the first day of your reservation. So if they don't cancel them and the park doesn't cancel them then this state park is losing a lot of money every year that could be helped to maintain the park.
  • Really nice beach and good facilities. Good beachside camping as well.
  • Camped on the beach side, clean showers, short walk to a beach with few people, convenient location. Rv pad would fill with water when it rained tho it would drain away in a couple hours. Would definitely stay here again.
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