The park offers camping, birdwatching, nature study, hiking, mountain bike riding, fishing, and unsupervised beach swimming. Tours: Educational tours of the flora and fauna of the beach and bay areas of the park are given by appointment only. Contact the park to make arrangements.
nice free open space, lots of room to move around. trails are mainly sand except one on the lake side. lots of birds, saw a bobcat rush out of some brush near me, and an allagator swimming through the lake. muggy with no shade so be prepared for the hot sun. been there many times, and the air stands still on the bay side which is where all of the trails are. no trails on the beachside but more wildlife and a nice constant breeze.
Laurah B. on Galveston Island State Park Trail
This area has a nice trail right along the coast. I wasn't able to do the entire trail, but what I did was very nice and clean. Lots of people out on the weekend!
Galveston has changed dramatically from the previous reviewer's experience. It's recovery from Hurricane Ike's devastation in 2008 is remarkable. The Historic Pleasure Pier wasn't even under construction when the last review was done. Galveston Island State Park has oodles of new facilities and over 15,000 new trees have been planted to start to replace the canopy lost by Ike - with another 10,000 to go. This includes large Live Oaks and Palms running the full 4.5 mile length of Historic Broadway Boulevard. All that said, I'm looking forward to hiking the GISP trail, have only run it during our annual New Year's Day fun run. Have kayaked from the park and that's awesome too, especially during migration - we're a first landing for tons of migrating birds and monarchs. Oh, also, don't miss the 3rd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S. every year - SUPER fun! Even though I live here, I give it 4 stars because there aren't any mountains nearby! :)
Love this dreary little beach town in Texas. The beach is not that great looking but there is some good swimming, biking, driving the strip and restaurants. The water park Schlitterbahn and the Lone Star Flight Museum is great for the whole family. I would definitely visit again.