Review and Rating of Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island State Park is a 2013 acre park that spans the width of Galveston Island from the Gulf of Mexico to West Galveston bay. In 2008, Hurricane Ike almost leveled the park destroying a majority of the campsites, washed away several yards of beach, sand some buildings, covered some sites in sand, and dramatically altered the landscape. Over time the Park is slowly recovering and in 2017 there were 69 sites in operation. Additional camping and day use facilities construction will begin on the beach side of the park in 2018.
All the sites on the Gulf of Mexico side are a very short walk across the berm to the beach. From some sites you can see the Gulf and you can hear the waves from all the sites. The Park is about 15 miles from downtown Galveston. The terrain is flat and treeless and you camp here to enjoy Galveston and the beach.
Galveston Island State Park has 33 sites is three sections along the berm in front of the Gulf of Mexico. All of these sites have a concrete shelter, 30 and 50 amp service, water, a picnic table, fire pit, and lantern holder. The sites are level but short and the hook-ups are at the back of the site. No trees and limited protection from the elements.
Across FM 3005 on the Galveston Bay side are two camping circles - 9 sites along Como Lake that have water only and 19 back-in RV sites in another circle with water and 30/50 amp service. These sites have views of Como Lake, are level, and most are short.
Some of the other park amenities include:
There are three kayaking trails ranging from 2.5 miles to 4.3 miles in the bayous plus kayak launching sites. And there are nine different hiking and biking trail loops along the bay side of the Park that range from .19 miles to .53 miles.
We come to Galveston State Park over Thanksgiving to enjoy the good weather and the beach. Typically, we'll spend one day on the beach, enjoying the water, flying kites, playing frisbee golf and bocce ball, and riding bikes along the beach. After a full day of sand blasting, Turkey Day is spent playing games, watching the Cowboy game, and feeding charcoal to the grill smoking the turkey. There is nothing better than enjoying a turkey dinner with all the fixings outdoors with friends and family while listing to the waves breaking in the background.
We also like to bike along the Galveston seawall and hit a couple of the bars and restaurants; bike or hike the 4 miles of trails on the bay side of the park; bike along the beach and head over the berms and bike through some of the unique housing developments; and spend some time walking and biking the Strand and historical district. You can read more about our Thanksgiving trip to Galveston in the Galveston Thank God For Weekends.
And of course we need to spend a day on the links. Moody Gardens Golf Course is a fun and challenging 18 holes that is 5 minutes from the State Park.
Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on: