Galveston Island State Park features two thousand acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands, and bay shoreline just down Galveston Island from the city of Galveston, inviting quiet contemplation and recreation. The park is a richly diverse preserve, and hundreds of species of wildlife thrive here--spoonbills resting in an oak mott, tree frogs croaking out mating calls, skimmers nesting in the newly terraced wetlands, egrets fishing the ponds, coyotes prowling the nighttime grassland, sandpipers skittering in the surf, pelicans surveying from high above.
Wading and shore birds, mottled and mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos, and marsh rabbits can be found in the park for observation and photography. Beach or surf fishing for spotted seatrout, sandtrout, redfish, black drum, croaker, and flounder are also available.
Facilities include screened shelters; campsites with water and electricity (premium sites are available); campsites with water and electricity in a group trailer area with a pavilion; restrooms with showers; outdoor showers; picnic sites; a fish-cleaning shelter; an interpretive center; a self-guiding nature/interpretive trail; a Texas State Park Store.; 4 miles of multi-use trails for hiking and mountain bike riding; a .25-mile nature/interpretive trail; and a two-lane, concrete boat ramp located at Pirates Cove adjacent to the park.
* Hiking (4 miles)
* Guided nature walks by appointment
* Interpretive center
* Mountain biking
* Unsupervised beach swimming.
Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week year-round, except for hurricane watch/warnings.
Busy season is March through October, especially weekends.