We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Crowded, but one of few public beach access sites around.”
Review of Sylvan Beach Park

Sylvan Beach Park
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in La Porte
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you're not willing to make the drive down to Galveston from Houston, this little, itty bitty strip of stand it one of the only beach areas on this part of the Houston accessible coastlines. The rest of the coast is taken up by industry and oil. Very, very sad site.

We chose this place after El Jardine beach was closed (seriously, they close the only parking area when it becomes full and the residential parking is sphincter restrictive in the area).

Given it was a hot, summer Sunday, the place was packed. Tons of families picnicking on the grassy area, but finding a place to park was only slightly challenging. Go the northern lot. It's further away from the bathrooms and shower (singular..only one of the 16 showers I counted was working), but seems less crowded. We found a nice spot on the hot sand near the water and copped a squat with our towels and sunscreen.

The water was warm and typical Texas gulf coast green, but the light waves and shallowness of the grade made for some fun wave dipping for the girls. A cop sat near his car in the parking lot, which made for a more secure experience, as did the "no alcohol" policy of the park area.

2  Thank kayak0036
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (141)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

93 - 97 of 141 reviews

Reviewed July 12, 2014

Crowded. Lots of bugs and biting ants. Only one of the outside showers was working and there was a long line to wash off sand. You have to pay to go on the pier.

2  Thank Nicole G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 7, 2014

We just love parks like this one.There are many activities, including great walking around, and a nice little section of shoreline. It is pet-friendly, so our whole family can spend quality time together.

5  Thank dghornock
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 29, 2014

not worth a special trip. Nice place to fly kites, sit on the narrow beach with trucked-in sand. the water is quite muddy due to stream runoff. Good for laporte folks. Also has a fishing pier which I believe requires a fee to be paid. there is bait shack too

1  Thank John B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 18, 2014

I was in La Porte for a duathlon. The duathlon was held at this beach. Even though they have great facilities there, from picnic tables, playground, fishing pier, skateboard park and plenty of restrooms, I was disappointed that there really wasn't much of a sandy beach where you can walk along the shoreline. There is just one little sandy area. Other then that is all rocky shoreline.

1  Thank Ginny L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sylvan Beach Park also viewed

 

Been to Sylvan Beach Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing