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Galveston Island State Park

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Address: 14901 FM 3005, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554
Phone Number: 409-737-1222
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Activities: Birdwatching, Camping, Swimming, Hiking
Description: Historic park offering camping, hiking, bird watching, biking and swimming.

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better beach in Galveston

We didn't go in the water, but the beach was very clean and we liked that there was no seaweed. Not too many people either and no cars on the beach which is good. Dogs are allowed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I went here last weekend bcoz I read great review from one of the articles and since I live in Houston area for over 30 years, it made me wonder how come I haven't heard my friends mention about this. I decided to explore on my own and really disappointed with it. The beach is the same as you go... More 

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Ovilla, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We visited several sea wall beaches, but the beach at the state park was the best. Nice sand and clean water. We saw many fish riding the waves and jumping all around us. It was awesome! It was free entry with our parks pass. Take a beach umbrella for shade or else you might get sun burned.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a great beach for families. The sand was clean, and the slope of the beach is very gradual, which means that there is a lot of area for younger children to play in at their depth. There were not too many people there, even on a Saturday, and most were families. Park police and employees were back and... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We didn't go in the water, but the beach was very clean and we liked that there was no seaweed. Not too many people either and no cars on the beach which is good. Dogs are allowed too which is nice.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

There are lots of beaches to go to on Galveston Island, but this is the one where no alcohol and no thugs are allowed. It is kept pretty clean, and when fishing in a Texas State Park, you do not have to possess a fishing license.

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Ennis, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

If you are going to pay to go to a beach, go to the state park. It is a very nice beach. Pretty clean. Not nearly as crowded as the other beaches. Check their website before you go to see what activities are going on that day. We went on a weekend when there were several things planned. There are... More 

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We were looking for a short visit to the beach with our family of 3 and my mother and found this beach location. $5 per person over 13 years of age to enter for the day, which is reasonable. Parking was right across the road from the beach access. Several port-a-potties and full bathrooms for use in addition to outdoor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

During a camping trip the family decided to take a day trip to Galveston for some beach time. When we arrived, we drove down Seawall, which was full of people and limited parking. While trying to find a place we saw a sign for the State Park and decided to go check it out as a possible future camping site.... More 

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San Antonio, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We were trying to fit a lot into our recent trip to the Galveston area, so on our way to the Historic Pier, we dropped by the State Park to check it out. Our Park Pass got us in quickly and we parked and walked across the street. A picnic table was available, so we left the ice chest and... More 

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Wylie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Our family of 15 visited the state park. We were pleasantly surprised by how clean the beach and water were. The park facilities were nice and clean as well. We would recommend the park and hope to return.

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