Beach Time! Camping at Galveston Island State Park

Our campsite at Galveston Island State Park
Our campsite at Galveston Island State Park

Ahhhh! We finally made it to Galveston Island State Park where we are camping just steps from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The campground is a narrow strip behind the sand dunes, yet very close to the sand beach and water. There are three loops with water, electric, shelter with picnic table, and fire ring at each site, and flush toilets and showers at the first and third loop.

Collecting shells with Oma
Collecting shells with Oma

There is a trail from each loop that leads to the beach. The beach is miles long, very spacious and gave our dog lots of running room and provided lots of long coastline walks. And there was plenty of sand for the grandkids to dig into as well.

Hiking trails on the bay side of the park
Hiking trails on the bay side of the park

There was a lot more of the park on the other side of the highway also. There was an additional campground on the bay, a nature center, and lots of hiking trails with boardwalks and towers. There was plenty to do in the park.

Pro tip: Don't stand next to kids at a Mardi Gras parade. They'll get all the beads.
Pro tip: Don’t stand next to kids at a Mardi Gras parade. They’ll get all the beads.

And then there’s Galveston, only 15 minutes away. Our second night there was Fat Tuesday and Galveston was having a parade. We went early to get a parking spot and to enjoy drinks and appetizers on the Strand before the parade came through. Then the parade and lots of bead collecting! So much fun and so many beads!

We enjoyed another day in town exploring the Oceanstar Oil Rig Museum. It had a lot of good exhibits and was very informative. Probably a bit too technical for younger children (and sometimes for me).

There was a fair amount of oil equipment in Galveston harbor, presumably due to the oil bust
There was a fair amount of oil equipment in Galveston harbor, presumably due to the oil bust
The kids had a lot of fun
The kids had a lot of fun

Another well spent day in Galveston was at the Railroad Museum with the kids and grandkids. It had a lot of train cars and engines that you could view from the inside as well as the outside. The grandkids had a blast checking out all the trains. After that, we went to nearby Yaga’s for lunch. For the most part, it was very good food with pretty good service. We enjoyed our food and drinks and then headed back to our campsite with very tired grandkids.

Of course, we spent a lot of time on the beach, strolling, digging, and flying kites. We had great campfires and shared lots of yummy food with the kids and grandkids. It was a spectacular time and I can’t wait to come back and do it all again.

 

2 thoughts on “Beach Time! Camping at Galveston Island State Park”

    1. Thank you, Carol. I do love that they camp with us occasionally. It is a lot of fun to be with them and share these experiences.

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