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Galveston Island State Park
Galveston, Texas


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Like its much larger cousin, Padre Island National Seashore, 1,950-acre Galveston Island State Park is located on a barrier island. This unique coastal habitat attracts thousands of visitors each year, as well as numerous bird species.

Nearly two miles of Gulf beach access are available on the seaward side of the park where numerous picnic shelters and campsites (tent/RV) are located. On the bay side of the park, located across the highway, overnight shelters and additional campsites are also available. This area of the park offers over 4 miles of hiking and biking trails that wind among the park's lakes and bayous. A public boat ramp is located near the park, and freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities abound.

Galveston Island offers excellent birding opportunities, particularly on the bay side of the island. Drawn by the food-rich bayous and marshes, wading birds such as roseate spoonbill, white ibis, great egret, and great blue heron are common. Gulls, terns, and hawks are often visible overhead, and barn owls nest within the park.

The Mary Moody Northern Amphitheater which features performances on summer nights is a unique Galveston Island attraction. Some of the scheduled performances are: "Hello Dolly," "Cinderella," "Grease," and "Anything Goes." Shows run throughout the summer months. For more information, call (409)737-1744.



Shannon's Notebook

A barn owl hunts the grasslands
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Copyright © Justin W. Moore
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Hiking and birding are our favorite activites at Galveston Island State Park. We have also seen one of the seasonal performances at the Moody Ampitheater. Birders may see a surprisingly wide array of bird species:
cattle egret, loggerhead shrike, laughing gull, roseate spoonbill, mourning dove, black skimmer, barn swallow (nesting at Park Store), great egret, Northern mockingbird (with a juvenile), Eastern meadowlark, Mississippi kite, Common nighthawk, great blue heron, belted kingfisher, barn owl
One of our few observations of an owl in the wild occurred at Galveston Island State Park. Shortly after retreating to our vehicle due to horse flies, Justin first noticed a barn owl flying low and slow over a grassy field beside our car. Beautiful creature!

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Location

From Interstate 45, exit to 61st Street and travel south to the intersection with Seawall Boulevard. Proceed west on Seawall (FM 3005) for 10 miles to reach the park entrance.
Map of Park's Location

For GPS Users: N 29° 12.28'   W 094° 57.97' (WGS84/NAD83)
Convert to another coordinate sytem or map datum (Courtesy of Jeeep.com)

Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round from 8 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.

Fees

A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $5 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. (Texas residents age 65 or older pay only $2 per person.) Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

Visit parks often? Learn about the $70 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts the passholder, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.

Reservations

Events

Consult the Park Events Calendar for information on upcoming events at this park.

Weather

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Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Friends of Galveston Island State Park, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Galveston Island State Park.

Contact Information

The park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Galveston Island State Park
14901 FM 3005
Galveston, Texas 77554

Ranger Station: (409)737-1222
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112

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