Admission: $5/Adult, Kids Under 12 are Free
On the west side of Galveston, between West Beach and Jamaica Beach is Galveston Island State Park. West and Jamaica are free drive-on-and-park-at-the-water beaches and the State Park is a paid walk-to-the-water beach. The cool thing about Galveston Island State Park is that there are not many people, showers, changing rooms, a nature center, miles of trails, camp sites, places for kayaking and more.
The beach is very close to the headquarters. We parked and made the short walk over to the changing rooms, picnic tables and sand.
My oldest saw the sign saying there could be riptides and venomous snakes and decided this adventure was the worst I had ever planned. I calmly tried to explain that anywhere we go could have riptides and venomous snakes… which did not help much. So I told him to listen to his mom and he’d be fine.
I really like having fresh water to clean off the sand and clean up the kids. After we were changed, we headed across the road to the bay side of the park.
The nature center is on the bay side, but only open on weekends. If you are there during the right hours, you should check out the Junior Ranger program!