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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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Historic park offering camping, hiking, bird watching, biking and swimming.

Historic park offering camping, hiking, bird watching, biking and swimming.

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Best day trip place in Galveston

Full disclosure - we have a State Park pass so it is free for us to enter this park. As a Houston resident, this makes a great day trip. We can go to the beach, do a hike, have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Eric W
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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Galveston Island State Park has made some remarkable strides over the past few years, now offering several art, nature, and special interest programs on top of incredibly well-kept hike and bike trails, kayak launches, and well-preserved natural resources. The bay side offers more trails and wildlife spotting opportunities. Kayak trails guide visitors through the lakes, bays, and marshes. The nature... More 

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Thought with having to pay a small amount, $5.00, that might keep more people away. There was still quite a bit of people, but not as much as there would have been at the free beach. Small state park. Went to several ranger talks. Lots of kids interested in the nature talks and seeing the fish, crabs, etc. That's good!

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Thank jmckee7
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed on the beach side, SUPER clean bathrooms. Probably the best ones I've seen at any state park. It was quiet and the loops were easy access to the beach and bathrooms. The beach was clean the first couple of days, but then some fishermen decided to throw their fish heads all over the beach (my boys were digging... More 

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Thank Amy B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Full disclosure - we have a State Park pass so it is free for us to enter this park. As a Houston resident, this makes a great day trip. We can go to the beach, do a hike, have a picnic, and most importantly take a shower and be clean before we return home or go out to dinner -... More 

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Gilbert, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Granted, there are countless side streets advertising beach access, but they are in between condos, houses, etc. The Galveston State Park costs $5/per person for day access but it was worth it as it was a beautiful natural setting with unspoiled access to the ocean. There are bathrooms and showers along with picnic facilities. Across the road there are short... More 

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Thank J M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very clean and well maintained State Park. They have a very nice day use area with nice picnic tables and grills. Decent restroom facilities and a shower area to get the sand off of you when you leave. We had a good time here.

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Thank Kevin M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We pulled up at the RV area and promptly turned around and found a hotel. This is pretty primitive compared to other state parks I've stayed at. If you are a no frills camper, this is for you. However, we had too many kids to walk the long walk to our the nearest bathhouse. If you stay, make sure to... More 

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Thank tblfhs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit by folks of any age who love the ocean and the things that live in it. You pay the $5/person entrance fee but the ranger led activities are free. I am a native of Galveston Texas but knew next to nothing about the native sea turtles. The "Turtle Patrol" was great fun and Ranger... More 

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Temple, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

I have a year pass so visit both days was free. The beach was great and the bathrooms, changing booths and shower off area were well maintained and a heaven send since the ocean water is very salty, muddy and irritating after awhile. I found no other beach areas with any of this. Also a large area of well kept... More 

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Lufkin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This is the first time we have been to the Park since they have rebuilt after Ike and I was sad but very surprised. I was sad because I had been before the hurricane and I know how much they lost and happily surprised because they have made the come back and are still going strong. We went with 6... More 

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