Galveston Island State Park

State Park in Galveston

Some 10 miles southwest of downtown, swimmers will find a hard-packed white-sand beach far from the vacation rentals and tourists of town. This state park also has 6 miles of nature trails through the coastal dunes, salt marshes, bayous and mudflats that comprise its 2000 acres. Facilities are few and shade is rare, but it’s a lovely spot.