The entrance to Galveston Island State Park.
The blog has been quiet for several weeks now, and if you were eagerly awaiting new travel pics and posts from me, I apologize. Life just got a little crazy, as it tends to do from time to time. We still traveled a little during the craziness however, so over the next week or so I’ll be sharing more posts getting caught up over here.
School is almost out for Jackson and we are staring summer vacation in the face. I’m very much looking forward to this summer and have some big plans (and honestly, isn’t that always the case? 😉 ) in my mind for how we will spend it. Of course, we will continue to try and see as many of the Texas State Parks as possible, working toward my Life List goal of seeing all 93 of them!
Recently we visited Galveston Island State Park, a personal favorite of mine. I LOVE the sea. In fact, it is a dream of mine to one day have a beach house and spend entire weeks in the summer just lazing (is that a word?) about the seaside. You can see photos from one of our previous visits to GISP by clicking HERE.
Galveston Island State Park is a great day trip for families living in the Houston area since the travel time there is a little over an hour.
Travel Tip: Traffic on Interstate 45 heading South towards Galveston stacks up pretty heavily beginning around 11 am during the beach going season and gets worse as the day wears on, this is especially true on weekends. So although the drive time without traffic is an hour, it can be much longer if you do not leave early in the morning. Plan ahead and pack your car the night before you leave, that way on the day of your trip you can just wake up and go!
The park is located on the west end of Galveston Island on FM 3005. If you are not a fan of tourist spots or large crowds, but still want the Galveston beach experience, Galveston Island State Park is the perfect place. It is especially nice for families with small children because unlike the public beaches on the eastern end of the island you don’t have to park near busy roadways. There is also no parking or driving allowed on the beach in the state park, which allows for extra peace of mind if you have little ones toddling around.
Though the park suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Ike in 2008, Texas Parks and Wildlife has slowly helped the place get back on it’s feet. The day use area has newly constructed picnic tables as well as showers and changing rooms available for park goers to use.
The sand dunes are recovering as well.
We spent an entire afternoon enjoying Galveston Island State Park, and with the help of plentiful sunscreen and a small tent we had a very peaceful and sunburn free experience.
I definitely recommend purchasing an inexpensive tent or shelter for day trips to the beach if you have small children. It is so nice to be able to escape the sun for an hour or two and eat or enjoy a nap.
Day admission to the park is $5 for anyone 13 or older. Kids are 12 and under are FREE.
For more information on Galveston Island State Park visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island
You can also make park reservations by calling (512) 389-8900.
6 parks down, 87 to go!
Disclosure: I covered all admission and travel expenses to visit this state park. This post is not sponsored in any way.