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Love the beach

We went to this park to do some hiking and almost all of the trails were flooded or under water... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rosemount, Minnesota
For the Beach Lovers

Our favorite beach because it's away from the crowds and is CLEAN. Family-friendly, nice... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2018
Houston, Texas, USA
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Historic park offering camping, hiking, bird watching, biking and swimming.
14901 Fm 3005, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554
+1 409-737-1222
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this park to do some hiking and almost all of the trails were flooded or under water. This park is not very big and I was not impressed by the campsites. They were on top of each other and out in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LMEO
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Our favorite beach because it's away from the crowds and is CLEAN. Family-friendly, nice restrooms/showers, and the TPWD staff has always been friendly and knowledgeable. We always stayed here when we visited; once we moved to Galveston, we still made to drive to this beach...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank DayTrip393091
Reviewed November 9, 2018

Soft, packed sand beach that goes on forever. 12 or so miles west of downtown, between quiet residential spots. Small, untouched dunes string between park amenities and beach. Sparsely dotted with people. Perfect sandbars at various distances from shore, so toddlers can play in shallow...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Getaway53093940703
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We were there for one of the windiest days I have ever spent on Galveston Island, but it was amazing because the smells you get when the seas are stirred up by the currents and the wind brings it to shore is amazing. It was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank g3658555
Reviewed October 20, 2018

We kayaked on the west side and road our bikes on the beach on the east side. What a great place to go if you’re in to birding. I saw Crested Caracara, Roseate Spoonbill, Reddish Egret, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher all for the first time. There’s also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Kristi W
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The park is BIG with beaches stretching into the horizon, white sand, warm water and big skies. Best part of our trip. The park rangers are very helpful and friendly. Bring a beach umbrella, a book and enjoy some r&r here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Roger R
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Park charges $5 per person for the day. Other than 5 more people incl 1 fisherman on the beach, we had the beach to ourselves. Bring your own drinks & shade. Clean bathrooms on the other side of the road. No lifeguard on duty. 2nd...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jesse F
Reviewed September 22, 2018

You can pay a person fee for the same view and beach access that is available in either direction. I guess the fee covers the concrete tables way back from the beach.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank robertcW501JD
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

First time to Galveston and the last. Was not aware of the cow farms on the island and the heavy rains wash bacteria into the ocean causing bacteria advisories all along the coast line. Check out Texas Beach Watch for the advisories. The mosquitos were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank twilson29
Reviewed September 17, 2018

We were just driving and saw this on the map so decided to make a stop (it looks big on the map, I'm assuming due to the camp sites available). This may be worth it if you were planning on spending the day here, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Connie R
June 13, 2018|
Response from txsjewels |
looks like the park has several paddling paths, but you must bring your own kayak or canoe.check tpwd website . Tripadvisor won't let me post the link.
May 18, 2018|
Response from txsjewels |
$25 nightly $150 week $625 monthly
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Ottawa, Canada
suggestions for RV park late March ... and is it buggy? (4 Replies)
Will be traveling in RV to cruise out of Galveston. Am looking to stay a couple days March 27 before cruise on the 30th. I see a couple RV parks, and Galveston Island State Park. Would like to know which to choose and also wonder if it is buggy on the bay side. I have parking square for the cruise. Thanks.
February 12, 2013|
Response fromSharonLee912|
Galveston State Park is nice. You park near the sand dunes and can walk over them to the beach. You are out in the open, good breezes, great sunrises. Dellanara is about the same but next to condos. Jamaica is a newer campground across the street from the beach with some amenities. The mosquitos are hit or miss - depending on rain. We spray "Cutter" around our beach house and it keeps them away for the weekend when they are bad! I have not been to the other campgrounds. Have a blast! ...More
Richardson, Texas
Beach camping.. Where to go with kids? Bathrooms & electric (0 Replies)
Advice needed! I wanted to camp at Galveston Island state park but there is construction and no beach spots are available.. So, I figure we will give Crystal Beach a shot! The live webcam looks like seaweed isnt as bad this year.. Any advice on where we should try to set up camp? Advice on staying semi close to a bathroom? I am trying to cover all of my bases, thank you!
July 27, 2015|