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Seagull at Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009- Jose Garcia
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GALVESTON ISLAND STATE PARK
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Galveston Island State Park
'Seagull'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagull at Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009- Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Seagull Over Water'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagull flying over water at Galveston State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Sandpiper'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Sandpiper at Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'By the Shore'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

A Sandpiper by the shore on Galveston Island State Park. April of 2007. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Camping near Galveston, TX'

We lived in Houston, TX at the time, so this park was only about 40 miles away. You could walk over the dunes and stroll on the public beach

Galveston Island State Park
'Shorebirds '
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Shorebirds looking for food. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Shorebirds'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Shorebirds by the water. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Seagull Over Land.'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagull over land at Galveston State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Seagulls Eating'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagulls searching for their meal. Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Sandpiper'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Sandpiper in search for its lunch. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

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.
Nature of the Area
Wading and shore birds, mottled and mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos, and marsh rabbits can be found in the park for observation and photography. Beach or surf fishing for spotted seatrout, sandtrout, redfish, black drum, croaker, and flounder are also available.
History of the Area
Galveston Island is believed to be approximately 5000 years old and has had an interesting history during the past 500 years. It is generally believed 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 5000 to 10,000 people, and prompted the construction of the seawall which protects the northern half of the island.

The largest wetland restoration project ever undertaken in a Texas state park , the Galveston Wetlands Project, has been selected to receive a Coastal America Partnership Award.

Dunes Renewal Project: September 10, 1998, Tropical Storm Frances destroyed the sand dunes at Galveston Island State Park. The dunes serve as the only protection that the park has for its facilities. A project was implemented to rebuild the dunes through the use of Christmas trees.
Events
March 26
Beach Exploration
Discover the life that lives at the edge of the sea...

Hunt for island treasures with one of our knowledgeable guides.

Beach Exploration hikes start at the park's Nature Center, located on the bay side of the park, close to the main highway.

Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. This Saturday tour includes hands-on seining, searching for ghost crabs and beach combing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

What to bring:

. Park permit

. Clothes and shoes to get wet (optional)

. Water bottle

. Camera (for those great ocean shots)

Contact:Lisa Reznicek
(409) 737-1222
Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov

March 26
Paint Party
Let nature inspire you, and make a great souvenir too!

Let the beauty found in Galveston Island State Park inspire you to pick up a brush and lay down some color. Create a one-of-a-kind souvenir, and make some memories with Ranger Lisa.

We will meet at the bird observation tower parking lot and proceed towards the bay for spectacular views as the sun sets. In case of inclement weather, please check with park headquarters.

What to expect:

This short hike and introductory painting program will review the important skills of water coloring and give visitors a chance to create their own painting. Everyone is invited for this easy hike, but pets must be on leash. ADA accessible observation tower. All art supplies ready and available for use. No restroom access.

What to bring:

. Flashlight

. Binoculars

. Water

. Comfortable shoes

Where: Bird observation tower parking lot (bay side of park)

Contact:Lisa Reznicek
(409) 737-1222
Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov

March 27
Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live!

Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am; explorations last approximately 75 minutes.

Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers.

What to bring:

. Park Pass

. Clothes

April 2
Become a Jr. Ranger!
Explore the park with some cool tools and tips.

. Do you know someone who likes to be outdoors?

. Do they like animals and plants?

. Perhaps you know someone who likes to play with others....

Well, have we got the activity for you!

Join our short lesson and exploring hike. Great for families, young scouts, and youth of all ages to learn about the important job of a park ranger, and spend time discovering wildlife and hiking safety.

You can begin the journey of earning a Jr. Ranger badge with Ranger Lisa on the first Saturday of the month, or try one of our free activity journals on your own.

What to expect:

. Great family fun for all ages.

. Prepared for indoor and outdoor activity

. Free use of Jr. Ranger Explorer Packs

. Small group instruction and guide

. 1hour hike to explore a beautiful coastal prairie and ponds

. Jr. Ranger Activity Journals for each participant

Contact:Lisa Reznicek
(409) 737-1222
Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov

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Area Attractions
Nearby attractions in Galveston include Moody Gardens (with the Rainforest Pyramid, I-Max Theater, Palm Beach, etc.); numerous historical homes; the Railroad Museum; the Strand Historical District, where the Tall Ship Elissa (an 1877 sailing vessel) is moored; the Seaport Museum; and the Galveston County Museum. Space Center Houston is also nearby, as are the the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site & the San Jacinto Monument, and the Battleship TEXAS. Brazos Bend State Park, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site and Brazoria County Access Point (San Luis County Park operated by Brazoria County) are within two hours.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 14 Great park for photography. by Jose Garcia -
You can really get some great shots of birds, other animals as well as landscapes.
May 8 Great Birdwatching! by G.L. Garcia
Love to watch the different kinds of gulf coast birds. The sunsets are breath taking and the stars in the night sky are amazing!
April 16 Great sites well spaced, close to Gulf. by Tj Springer
Love it at Galveston Island State Park, beaches great for biking and hiking. Sites are well spaced and most have Gulf views.


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Directions
The park can be reached from Interstate 45 by exiting right onto 61st Street and traveling south on 61st Street to its intersection with Seawall Boulevard and then right (west) on Seawall (FM 3005) 10 miles to the park entrance.

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