Galveston Island State Park Beach

Sandy beach
State Hwy Park Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, USA
47 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Bring a mosquito spray, especially if you plan to stay after dark.

No lifeguards on duty.

Possible undercurrents!

Watch out for snakes 👀 

Galveston Island State Park is a great tourist destination where you can enjoy the sun, the sea, and the nature. There are many short-time visitors as well as campers who tend to stay for several days in a row.

Apart from camping and beach activities, this place offers great opportunities for communing with nature. This park is an undeveloped habitat for the barrier island wildlife, including many bird species, especially in the periods of spring and autumn migrations.

In these relaxing and soothing natural surroundings, you can swim, sunbathe, fish, picnic, camp, fly kites, build castles, or birdwatch. Most of the beach is clean and not crowded. Nevertheless, get ready to see much more visitors on holidays and during summer weekends.

Access, Parking, and Facilities

The park is open daily and the entrance fee is reasonable ($5 per person, except for children under 12 who can enter for free). Parking is easy and ample. The parking lot is near the entrance, and the path down to the beach isn’t difficult. There is a boardwalk with such facilities as changing rooms, restrooms with flush toilets, and showers to rinse the sand off. There is also a large picnic area.

If you’re an RV traveler, you can stay in a campground area with water and electric hookups (no sewer drainage), fire pits, covered picnic tables, and grills. There are more than 60 sites available for rent, and the prices range from 15 to 35 dollars per night.

Sand and Water

The sand on this beach is soft, without sharp shells, and hard-packed, convenient for strolling along the shore, which goes on for many miles. There are some shells in the sand, so shelling is an option, too.

The water is usually brown and murky, with seaweed and suspended sand, which is typical for Galveston. Nevertheless, you can swim and there are sandbars at various distances from the shore, allowing little children to play in warm and shallow water.

Fishing, Kayaking, and Hiking

There are various fishing options on the shore and in the Gulf. Anyway, you should follow all Texas fishing rules and regulations. There is a fish cleaning station at the end of the bayside road.

If you’re looking for a more active pastime, you may go to the kayak launch area (before the camping area) and travel along the kayak trails in the bay. Another good option is hiking along the numerous trails leading through marshes and prairies.

Note that the area sometimes gets flooded and it’s better to have some mud boots with you. If you like birdwatching, your walks in the park are going to be twice as pleasing, since many birds tend to stop here during their seasonal migrations.

Driving Time

  • 25 minutes from Galveston, TX
  • 1 hour 5 minutes from Houston, TX
  • 2 hours 15 minutes from Beaumont, TX

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Beach reviewed by:
Phil R.
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Galveston Island State Park Beach videos

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A fascinating video of the park

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Galveston, Texas State Hwy Park Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: September 22, 2019