Things to Do on Vacation in Galveston, Texas

Things to Do on Vacation in Galveston, Texas
Galveston offers a myriad of beachside and waterway outdoor recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Kayaking and birding along the Galveston Bay and bicycling along waterfront paths are available on Galveston Island throughout the year. Opportunities exist to enjoy a day surrounded by nature while volunteering to aid local environmental projects.

Galveston Island State Park

The Galveston Island State Park motto "Life's Better Outside" guides the offerings and commitment to outdoor recreation at this Texas state park. Visitors can enjoy paddleboats, non-motorized boating, swimming, cycling, hiking, archeology activities, historical re-enactments, rock climbing, birding and camping on Galveston Island State Park. About 2,000 acres of green space, complete with beachside and bayside camping await visitors. The public can help park staff with the ongoing dune renewal project by donating Christmas trees to rebuild the dunes destroyed by a hurricane in 1998. Wildlife typically encountered on the hiking trails includes armadillos, marsh rabbits, mallard and mottled ducks and various shore birds.

Galveston Island State Park
14901 FM 3005
Galveston, Texas 77554
(409) 737-1222
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/galveston/

Sea Shell Beach Park

Sea Shell Beach Park offers bicycle paths, surfing, and walking paths along the shore. Collecting seashells and birding also are popular activities along the shore. Banana boats, manual scooters and bicycles can be rented for beachside shops. The Gulf Coast Volleyball Association organizes beach volleyball tournaments throughout the year. A "Discovery Day Camp" is held each year in June for children who wish to explore and learn more about the beach and marsh environments. The Steel Oleander Award ceremony is held each May on Sea Shell Beach to honor residents who aid in the preservation of Galveston wildlife.

Sea Shell Beach Park
11745 San Luis Pass Road
Galveston, Texas 77554
(409)740-0390
www.galveston.com

Galveston Bay Eco-Paddle Association

The Galveston Bay Eco-Paddle Association organizes kayak outings and educational outreach related to the protection of the bay and wildlife habitats. Volunteers review and report the human effect on the bay's eco-system during kayak excursions. Overnight kayaking trips to nearby Mud Lake and Clear Lake Park include camping and rescue training sessions. "Moonlight" paddle trips launch underneath the Kemah Bridge just before the sunset. A touring paddle excursion includes wildlife watching and tours of the bayou area.

Galveston Bay Eco-Paddle Association
P.O. Box 239
Seabrook, Texas 77586
www.ecopaddle.org

Article Written By Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

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