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Galveston Island State Park
14901 FM 3005
GalvestonTX 77554
Phone: (409)737-1222
Reservations: (512)389-8900

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Photo Galveston Island State Park, in Galveston County, is in the City of Galveston on the west end of Galveston Island. It is a 2,013.1-acre site that was acquired in 1969 from private owners under the State Parks Bond Program and was opened in 1975. For maps of both the State Park and its many trails, click here.

Galveston Island is believed to be approximately 5000 years old and has had an interesting history during the past 500 years. It is generally believed Cabeza de Vaca and his crew were shipwrecked here in 1520 and eventually made their way from the island to colonies in Mexico. The LaFitte brothers, fleeing the prosecution of pirates in the United States, established a government here in 1817, with visions of creating a "Manhattan on the Gulf." Commerce did thrive here, but major storms in 1867, 1871, 1875, and 1886 greatly slowed progress. The great storm of 1900 devastated the island, killing 5000 to 10,000 people, and prompted the construction of the seawall which protects the northern half of the island.

Wading and shore birds, mottled and mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos, and marsh rabbits can be found in the park for observation and photography.

The park contains a mosaic of coastal habitats that host a surprising variety of wildlife and is visited by birds from throughout the eastern hemisphere during the spring and fall migration seasons. Wading and shore birds, mottled and mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos and marsh rabbits are found in the park, which is ideal for wildlife observation and photography. Beach or surf fishing for spotted seatrout, sandtrout, redfish, black drum, croaker and flounder is also popular.

The park features 2,000 acres of upper Gulf Coast barrier island ecosystem. Barrier Islands move and change constantly through the action of waves, wind and tides. Because barrier islands serve as transition zones between land and ocean, they support a variety of distinct eco-regions, including beaches, prairies and wetlands. Each supports a diverse array of life. The beaches also protect the mainland from storms, while the lagoons, bay and salt marshes serve crucial functions in the life cycles of many ocean species.

Admission & Camping
Entrance Fee: $5 per day, per person 13 and older

Campsites (Tent - Bay Side)
People Per Site: 8
Number of Sites: 10
Details: These sites are not located on the beach side of the park. These sites are tent only sites with water. Picnic tables and ground fire rings are provided for each site. Only two vehicles are allowed per site.
Amenities: Picnic table
Fire ring
Restrooms nearby
Price: $15 nightly. Plus daily entrance fee.

Campsites with Water and Electricity (Bay Side)
People Per Site: 8
Number of Sites: 20
Details: These sites are not located on the beach side of the park. These sites are not suitable for tent camping and are recommended for RV / trailer camping only. Sites are close together with a communal pavilion and shared ground fire rings. Picnic tables are not available for each site. Restrooms are approximately 150 yards away. Showers are located on beach side of park. Only two vehicles allowed per site. An RV or trailer counts as one vehicle.
Amenities: Water nearby
30 amp hookup
50 amp hookup
Restrooms nearby
Price: $20 nightly. Plus daily entrance fee.

Campsites with Water and Electricity (Premium - Beach Side)
People Per Site: 8
Number of Sites: 36
Details: Weekly and monthly rates are available from November - February. These sites are suitable for tents and RV's. Sites have a shade shelter, picnic table and ground fire ring. Restrooms and showers available only in first and third loops. Only two vehicles allowed per site. An RV or trailer counts as one vehicle. All sites are back in sites.
Amenities: Picnic table
Fire ring
Water hookup
30 amp hookup
50 amp hookup
Price: $25 nightly. Plus daily entrance fee.

$150 Weekly Non-peak
$625 Monthly Non-peak

Note: Information and prices are subject to change. Please call the park or park information ( 1-800-792-1112) for the latest updates. The daily entrance fee is charged in addition to any facility fees, unless otherwise stated. A Texas State Park Pass will allow you and your guests to enjoy unlimited visits for 1-year to more than 90 State Parks, without paying the daily entrance fee, in addition to other benefits. Pets are not allowed in any Texas State Park buildings.

Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week year-round, except for hurricane watch/warnings. Busy Season: March through October, especially weekends.

Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.

Payments Accepted

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