We loved our stay at Galveston Island State Park at the Bayside sites. Each pad has it's own picnic table with covered pergola, a large hook to hang items you don't want critters getting into, a water spigot, and fire pit. But the best ammenity?? Those bathrooms!! Gorgeous spacious bathrooms with literally granite countertops. Lovely. During the day we took our inflatable boat out on the bay, went fishing (no license needed at a state park) and went to the Oceanside beach. The beach had clear water really nice sand. The only downside? The mosquitoes!! Right at dusk they attacked with a vengenge. Be prepared for that!
The beach is free of seaweed and the waves are great for bodysurfing. There are trails near the campground through the marshes. I need to do some kayaking here. Reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the campground itself its a little pathetic. A circle with no shade and spots are too close together.
There are two area's for camping in the park. The Bay Side is about 1.5 miles from the beach and about 150 yards from the restrooms/showers. The other is Beach side and is located close to the beach. Both offer electric and water hookups for campers. This restrooms and showers are clean. Park staff are very friendly and helpful. Each site has a shaded picnic table. The park offers beautiful beaches and hiking trails. Take a hike through wetlands lot's of wild life to see. Great place for those who are into birding. Park offers swimming, fishing, kayaking/ boating, hiking. Lot's do do for all ages.
Great family getaway and we love the beaches in Galveston….
Lots to do for the whole family - kayak tours, beach and surf explorations and bird walks
I took my daughters here for spring break expecting it to be quite busy. While the park was full, the beach was almost vacant. By contrast, if you walked down to the public access areas, those spots were almost entirely full. It's the Gulf, so the water is murky, but there is SO much wildlife to see. You must take a walk in the evening as there are hundreds of crabs.
Pros of this campground: tents are allowed! (Unlike San Luis Pass RV campground down the road). Great fish to catch if you go for a boat ride. Proximity to the beach and water sports is also nice.
Cons: because it's a beach, the campground is flat and lacking trees, meaning the you mostly feel "out in the open", even if you have enough distance between camping sites. Also, there is a bit of a wait for shower facilities when the park is full, because all the campsites in the park share the one shower area.
Galveston Island site: no privacy between sites. rather small sites. amenities: not very clean facilities, but there were newer facilities further away that looked nicer. attractions: beach. tower. hiking. I might go camping here again.