5 Nature Attractions to Experience in Galveston
One of the best things about escaping to an island is being surrounded by nature. With sea birds in the air, sand dunes by your feet and plenty of coastal landscapes from beach to bay, it’s not surprising nature lovers keep answering Galveston’s therapeutic call.
If you’re in need of some time outdoors, here are five great nature attractions to experience on the island.
This site located at Galveston’s most eastern point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise, offering a tranquil setting for kayaking, bird watching or just relaxing at the sensation of the island’s sea breezes. Considered the most ecologically significant stretch of undeveloped land on the island, the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve recently received a new nature trail (complete with interpretive signage) that allows you to better explore the lagoon’s 684 acres of coastal prairie.
Did you know more than 300 species of birds reside or travel through Galveston every year? Or that the island is located on the trans-Gulf bird migration route? These are just a couple of reason the island is one of the top locations for bird watching in the United States. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council tours will guide you through the island’s top birding locations and provide pointers on how to spot and photograph rare and unique birds.
At the Galveston Island State Park, you can enjoy scenic sights of coast, dunes and birdlife while exploring hiking trails, kayaking through the bay or having a picnic at the beach. The state park is also a great location for camping, swimming and fishing. During peak seasons, the park offers free classes, guided explorations and other special events.
Located on Galveston’s Pelican Island on a former immigration station site, Seawolf Park is the place to go for great views of Galveston Harbor plus one of the most popular fishing piers on the island. It’s also home to picnic sites, a playground and the Galveston Naval Museum, an outdoor museum featuring a WWII submarine and rare WWII destroyer escort.
Covering a 690-acre area on the island’s West End, the Coastal Heritage Preserve is one of the largest unfragmented, undeveloped locations of its kind on Galveston Island. Here, you can go on a kayak tour with the non-profit Artist Boat to see several places of natural significance and learn about the organization’s work to preserve and restore 1,400 bordering acres from the beach to bay. If you want to get involved, you can even sign up to be a part of special volunteer days as an individual or a group. www.artistboat.org