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Galveston Island State Park

14901 FM 3005, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554
409-737-1222
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Ranked #27 of 49 Attractions in Galveston
Type: State Parks
Activities: Swimming, Camping, Hiking, Birdwatching
Description: Historic park offering camping, hiking, bird watching, biking and swimming.
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Humble, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

We camped out at the tent camping site for the park on the bay side. It was july and we totally expected to pack up and leave the first night. I was very surprised to find out that the evening breezes actually made the nights ok to sleep. The bay area was an all day funspot wherevthe kids swam, fished... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Have been to the bay side of the park to bird watch many times. Have always come away satisfied. This time was no different. I decided to do the "owl prowl" nature walk at dusk. (Every Friday Evening) Our guide Lisa was very knowledgeable and friendly. There was a family with an infant, a young boy, and a dog. Lisa... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We visited Galveston Island State Park on a Sunday afternoon in early October. The weather was excellent so we thought we would visit the beach at a state park. BIG MISTAKE!!!! I have visited state and national parks both domestically and internationally. This is without a doubt the worst state park I have ever visited. First the $5 per person... More

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Grapevine, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My family and I picked up some TERRIFIC sandwiches from the Board Game Sub Shop and took off on the ferry for the Island. While the ferry wait was ridiculous, it was worth taking. We enjoyed watching dolphins, pelicans, seagulls, and the refreshing view. Upon arrival we exited and found a nice little spot for a picnic and to explore... More

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Houston, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There were 2...only 2 toilets in a portable building. One was stopped up. across the trail, there were 2 port-a-potties which were also disgusting. The beach smelled awful because they do not clear away the seaweed. We had to walk to the city side to have a place to set chairs and get away from the smell. When I said... More

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Waxahachie, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My wife and I love travelling to the different State Parks around Texas and were excited to visit our first state park on the beach. Very easy to navigate and get to. But once we walked onto the beach, we were knee deep in brown nasty smelling seaweed. Not much park personnel can do about it obviously but it was... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Nice quiet park - not too much activity but a good place to go to for a nice walk. you can go for a kayak ride or just sit by the beach.

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Magnolia, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I camped here this weekend with my son's Boy Scout troop and we all had a great time. It is clear they are making nice progress recovering from Hurricane Ike. We camped on the bay side and particularly enjoyed the brand new, air conditioned bathroom. The campsites were spacious and grassy. There were wooden bins at each site to store... More

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Galveston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Tucked away on the West End, unobtrusively, is a small State Park. Until you enter the grounds, you may not even be aware of it. On the Bay Side there is kayaking, a Discovery Center, hiking, then cross over to the Gulf Side and there you have a totally different experience! Both sides of the Park are a must experience!... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had been wanting to go back to Galveston Island State Park for a few years. We've been there 5 or 6 times before and really enjoyed it. But this time was very disappointing, in fact we left two days early even though we had already paid for our camping space. First of all, since the hurricane, the surf is... More

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