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Galveston Island State Park

14901 FM 3005, Galveston, Texas 77554 USA

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“Believed to be over 5,000 years old”

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. Galveston Island is believed to be approximately 5,000 years old and has had an interesting history during the past 500 years. It is generally believed that 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 5,000 to 10,000 people, and prompted the construction of the seawall that protects the northern half of the island.

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Reviewed by
prcouture

  • 27 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 20, 2019
Rated 5.0

What a hidden gem! We stayed in the beach side. Our site was #11 and it was about 100’ from the beach path. We could feel the breeze. Unfortunately the beach side is shutting down on Sept 3, 2019 per their website for renovations. The lake side is still open though. Beautiful area. In the morning took my coffee down the beach path with my chair and watched the sun come up. Great place.

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Reviewed by
AlexSuper

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 18, 2019
Rated 5.0

Clean park. Close to the beach. Clean beach. Enjoyed our overnight stay. Really quiet. Clean bathrooms.

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Reviewed by
chadley1951

  • 25 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 13, 2019
Rated 5.0

First time here bringing our granddaughter on a beach trip. We had a wonderful time! Wish the sites were full hook up!!!! Very nice park...could use some upgrades but I think those are planned! Very clean and very friendly staff! So much to do in the area!

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Reviewed by
vnarvaiz

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 15, 2015

Beach was awesome. We went during the week and had the beach to ourselves. The parks bathrooms and showers were extremely clean and stay was pleasant. We camped by the beach side and felt the breeze coming from the gulf. Extremely quiet at night.

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Reviewed by
wildsagedrifter

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 08, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place was great. We stayed an extra night! The bathrooms were the cleanest we (and other RVers we talked to) have seen on the road! Nice and quiet little area, neat little places to walk your doggies. The center of the camping circle had lots of sand spurs and that was the only place to avoid with the pups! Really great birding as well! We enjoyed ourselves.

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Tatiana Danger

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September 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

Pros: Well-maintained park, with clean bathrooms. If you're spending the night there is a 10PM quiet time, but this isn't strictly adhered to.

Cons: Some RVers have reported seeing lots of rats. I can't confirm this however as I didn't visit at night.

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Galveston Island State Park

14901 FM 3005
Galveston, Texas
77554 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Pet Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Private Parking
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