Galveston Island State Park: These are the stunning upgrades to expect when park reopens for summer 2022

Galveston Island State Park sign (Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston Island State Park is sharing a look at its improved grounds that are expected to be opened to the public this summer.

“Check out this progress to the Beachside,” a social media post on Wednesday said. “We know you all are anticipating this as much as we are. The crews are working very hard to finish and get you your park back. Please continue to bear with us as we get closer and closer to opening.”

An opening date is not yet set, but officials said they’ll let people know as soon as they do set one.

What will Galveston Island State Park be when it is fully open again you ask? Here’s the answer from Texas Parks and Wildlife (SEE PHOTOS BELOW OF THE WORK IN PROGRESS):

  • 125 campsites
  • Water and electric sites beachside
  • Extra-large water and electric sites beachside
  • Water-only tent sites beachside
  • Tent platform sites beachside
  • Dry camping sites beachside
  • Water-only tent sites bayside
  • Water and electric RV sites bayside
  • Historic rental houses on the bayside
  • Stewart House
  • Ranch House
  • Kayak launch locations bayside
  • Day use pavilions beach and bayside
  • Boardwalks with rinse-off showers and changing stations beachside
  • Vendor area beachside
  • Swale Trail the new beachside hiking trail
  • Limited seasonal (November-February) day use equestrian parking for beach access
  • New restrooms beachside
  • New headquarters beachside
  • Newly remodeled Nature Center Bayside
  • Paved road and campsites on the Bayside
  • 2 observation towers bayside
  • 2 boardwalks on the bayside
  • Over five miles of hiking opportunity on the bayside

Photos of the work in progress:

Galveston Island State Park sign (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Driving up to the new headquarters. It has multiple lanes for busy days, park officials said. (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
New headquarters for Galveston Island State Park. (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Group and single day-use picnic shelters (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Dry camping for beachside (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Tent platforms (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Rinse-off showers and changing stations on the beach boardwalks (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Vendor area that officials hope to attract businesses to, aiming to "enhance your visitor experience." (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Water and Electric ADA site (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Tent-only primitive ground camping (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Water and electric sites (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

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Posted by Galveston Island State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife on Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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