Galveston Island State Park
Come to the island to stroll the beach or splash in the waves. Or come to the island to go fishing or look for coastal birds. No matter what brings you here, you’ll find a refuge at Galveston Island State Park. Just an hour from Houston, but an island apart! - Galveston Island State Park
For a breath of fresh air during your Galveston adventure spend some time at Galveston Island State Park, the 2000 acre park that features campgrounds, hiking trails, birdwatching spots, swimming spots, and much more!
This popular state park offers both beachside and bayside, boasting plenty of activities for every coast lover. You can swim, fish, picnic, birdwatch, hike, mountain bike, paddle, camp, geocache, study nature, or simply relax. Take advantage of the canoe and kayak launches, hike or bike the over 4 miles of onsite trails, or relax on an observation platform, photo blind, or boardwalk. Visit the onsite Nature Center to learn more about the park and its programs, as well as get access to campsites and lodges. You can sign up for a Ranger Led Program, learn about the plants and animals of Galveston Island, take part in an Art Program, and even sign up for paddling tours.
Learn all about, and maybe even spot, local animals such as raccoons, armadillos, and marsh rabbits, each calling this upper Gulf Coast Barrier Island home. This ecosystem is the last undeveloped land allowing public access in the area, the barrier island holding 5000 years of history, 1300 of those years filled with humans such as the Akokisa Tribe. Spend some time learning about the tribes that once called this land home, as well as the land itself, which includes beach, gulf waters, coastal prairie, wetlands, and bay.
The park protects both natural and cultural resources, but also provides access for recreation on the beach, prairie and bay. Dynamic beach, bay and freshwater habitats mix and meet at Galveston Island State Park. - Galveston Island State Park