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15 Sep

What to See and Do at Galveston Island State Park

Galveston Island State Park is the perfect destination for a day of eco-exploration. The Park holds underdeveloped barrier island habitats vital to conservation efforts. While visiting, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife—the park is home to raccoons, armadillos, marsh rabbits, and migratory birds like mottled and mallard ducks, wading birds and shorebirds.

Pack a hearty picnic and immerse yourself in four miles of trails. Traverse through marsh and dune habitats from boardwalks, observation platforms, and photo blinds. Or, pack your rod—you can catch croaker, redfish, spotted sea trout, sand trout, black drum, and flounder from the shore. A fishing license is not required. Other outdoor adventures include swimming, birdwatching, geocaching, mountain biking, and camping. There are two camping sites on the bay side of the park and two lodges available for rent.

Galveston Island State Park is also a great setting for nature field trips and other group activities. Ranger programs cover topics like flora and fauna and provide excursions like paddling tours and star-gazing parties.

The park is open seven days a week all year long. You can also stop by the Nature Center each weekend from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Visit the website here or call (409) 737-1222 for more details.

*The beach side of the park is closed for renovations until 2022. The bay side is currently open.