The best camping near Galveston Island State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Galveston Island adventure.

The best camping near Galveston Island State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Galveston Island adventure.

Camping near Galveston Island State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Galveston Island adventure.

Enjoy both bay and beach at this oasis with plenty of outdoor recreation.  

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Top-rated campgrounds near Galveston Island State Park

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Magnolia Gardens Park

60 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Sheldon, TX
Located steps from the San Jacinto River Historic Magnolia Gardens Park. Have your coffee riverside as the steam rises off the warm water. Observing the abundant wildlife. If a secluded GREEN space is what you're looking for, you fond it!Learn more about this land:Located on the sandy beaches of the San Jacinto River, Magnolia Gardens park. We offer a family environment you can picnic, camp, swim, fish, kayak, and rent jet skis. Set up your tent on the beach, or in the wooded areas. You can drive around the property till you find the perfect spot. There are areas near electric plugs 🔌 not Available in all areas of the park. If u wish for secluded camp site. We have plenty of space away from The world. Disconnect to reconnect
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Highland Bayou Kayak and SUP Palapa

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Hitchcock, TX
Off grid Palapa kayak and stand up paddle board out to the lake. There's a private bath with a basic shower. No hot water. Camping stove available but you must bring your own butane. Two adult cots, one child and one pet bed. Pet friendly. Telescope to view stars. Hammocks to used. Some small games for entertainment
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$75
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Booked 2 times

The Tiny Turtle

4 sites · RVs1 acre · Crystal Beach, TX
We are a 5 minute walk to the beach on Bolivar Peninsula. Has water, sewer, and electric with new 50 amp panels. 3 Covered RV spots with access to the upper deck. There is a dining table with chairs on the deck, as well as two loungers and some addtional chairs to use. They are really great to sit on the deck and enjoy the ocen views for you to use.
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Edge Of The Waters

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Port Bolivar, TX
LATE APRIL BIRDER DISCOUNT: For the last week of April, get 20% off with code 7BY6UYE5 at checkout! NOTE for February through April / May: The canals are being dredged. This is much needed maintenance for the neighborhood but does present an inconvenience. The fishing areas are closed for the duration of the construction work. I also don't know when they will be working right behind us in a way that will maybe make it less than an ideal week. If I learn anything else I will update this. The Mabry boat ramp will be accessible the full time. Waterfront RV Port on Bolivar Peninsula. Has water, sewer, and electric with a new 20-30-50 amp panel. Covered RV spot with a screen porch. Property is fenced and dogs are welcome. The screened porch needs a bit more work but we ate there in the evenings without being swarmed by mosquitoes which is the way evenings at the coast do be. There is a dining table with chairs in the porch, and some patio chairs to use on the property. They are really great to sit on the dock! Also have a charcoal grill and a crab trap for you to use. (You need a fishing license and bait. Chicken bones works great!) Plenty of birding and fishing on the peninsula. Community fishing area is on the end of both Van Sant and Mabry, Mabry has a boat ramp. Beach Access via community gate at end of street. Combination for those will be shared in arrival instructions. Spot is a residential lot... It is 60 x 130. I know it says 1 acre but that is the smallest hipcamp will show. Two sides have other RV spots. One is a rental, the other is used by some pretty cool and quiet folks. The back side fronts on the water. You will probably see more seagulls and purple martins than people. We have weekly discounts. Message me and I can go over them because the Hipcamp platform makes them difficult. It works out to approximately 7 nights for the price of 5. Be prepared: Bolivar has mosquitoes. This is the coast. If it has rained they can be really bad. The county sprays on a regular rotation but it can be bad. They tend to swarm when you pull in. Spray helps. We also send recommendations for what sprays work best for us in the arrival instructions. We do not offer refunds for mosquitoes. We have never found them unmanageable, and the screen porch keeps them almost entirely away. We are east of Rollover Pass. Easiest to arrive through Winnie and south on 124. Unless you are coming from Galveston or southeast Houston it is probably shorter. The ferry is fun (dolphins and such) but the waits can be long. Also: Do not bring loose propane tanks or gasoline cans on the ferry, they will send you away. (Propane on RV is fine, but that is all they allow) https://www.txdot.gov/discover/ferry-boat-schedules/ferry-rules.html Regarding COVID and other health issues, you have exclusive use of the property so there should be no problems. We can't always come between to do any cleaning but there are no indoor spaces anyway.
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Booked 5 times

Bay RV Park

30 sites · RVs10 acres · San Leon, TX
Enjoy a Premium RV Park in San Leon at Bay RV Park Our San Leon RV Park has a quiet, family-friendly atmosphere and is one of the highest-rated and best-maintained RV parks in Texas. Our friendly staff is committed to making you feel at home and helping with all of your needs. Plan Your San Leon RV park Camping Trip Today It’s easy to reserve your spot at Bay RV Park. We offer a number of options for every budget, RV type, size, and length of stay. Plus, each of our 144 cement pad sites comes with FREE high-speed Wi-Fi and internet services. Give us a call today to see if we’re running any specials! Located in the small fishing town of San Leon, Bay RV Park is your home base for all Galveston County has to offer. With everything from beautiful beaches and historic landmarks to exciting events and recreational activities, there is no shortage of fun things to do when you stay at one of the best RV parks in Texas! Enjoy the unforgettable experience of camping in San Leon, TX! Our RV campsites easily accommodate all sizes and types of RVs! To learn more visit us at https://bayrvpark.com.
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USA RV Resorts

21 sites · RVs10 acres · Kemah, TX
Enjoy multiple locations with fishing, swimming pools, a dog walking area, and picnic areas at USA RV Resorts. Our family friendly RV resorts feature free cable & Wi-Fi, a community rooms/business centers, as well as new laundry facilities, showers, and a fitness centers. We are pet friendly and some have a dog washing stations, too! Our all concrete pads and wide driveways can accommodate pull-throughs and big rigs, and we have 30/50 hookups to power your stay. We have tables, lounge chairs, and umbrellas so you and your family can relax around the pool and some locations with lakes. Relax and take in the beautiful views of our private, quiet RV park properties. We have covered picnic tables, and barbeque grills throughout the park for you and your family. Shower, bathrooms and laundry facilities on site for your convenience. Our exercise room features a nice view overlooking the lake, and is fully equipped with free weights, a treadmill, elliptical and weight bench. Many of our locations have a full kitchen for you to use with brand new appliances: stove, refrigerator and microwave. Nature Lover’s Paradise near us! Only a 15 minute drive away, Seabrook is a bird sanctuary on one of the largest migratory paths in North America. With a diverse habitat of both fresh and salt marsh, bay shoreline, riparian and upland woodlands, 291 species of birds have been identified. Seabrook is on the Clear Lake Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and has four designated sites along Todville Road. Click here to see the Seabrook Tourism site. Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a variety of nature programs, from pontoon boat field trips to summer day camps for the kids. Click here to see the Armand Bayou Nature Center site. Spend the day at Moody Gardens. With attractions including an indoor rainforest, aquarium, ride-films, 3D Imax and more there is always something to do at Moody Gardens.
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$49
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Bay Area RV Park

25 sites · RVs3 acres · San Leon, TX
New Remodeled RV lots (30/50 AMP) and Mobile Home lots are available in San Leon, Texas. - Available for Short-term & Long-term - Quite, Safe, Fenced - Laundry Room - Minutes to the ocean, beach, excellent local restaurants, and more. - 15 mins to Kemah Boardwalk - Enjoy walking on the beach, fishing, and taking your boat out. - Water and sewer included in the lot rent
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RV Park Spoonbill

42 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Anahuac, TX
Welcome to RV Park Spoonbill, located at 450 Old Dutchman Rd, Anahuac, TX, 77514! We're delighted to offer you an exceptional camping experience like no other. Our campground is the perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who seek a tranquil and peaceful getaway in the heart of Texas. As soon as you arrive at RV Park Spoonbill, you'll be greeted with warm hospitality and a serene atmosphere. Our spacious RV sites are designed to accommodate any size rig and provide ample space for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Our park boasts a range of amenities to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. You'll have access to clean and well-maintained restrooms and showers, 30 and 50 amp, laundry facilities, and a convenience store stocked with essentials you may need during your stay. One of the highlights of RV Park Spoonbill is our beautiful lake, where you can go fishing or simply take in the stunning views. We have a boat ramp and dock, making it easy for you to launch your boat and spend the day on the water. You can also take advantage of our picnic areas, fire pits, and grills, perfect for enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. Our campground is conveniently located near several local attractions, including the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Chambers County Museum, and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. If you're looking for adventure, you can explore the nearby hiking and biking trails or take a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico for some beach fun. At RV Park Spoonbill, we take pride in providing a safe and secure environment for our guests. Our staff is on-site 24/7 to ensure your needs are met and that you have a pleasant stay. We welcome pets, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure! In summary, RV Park Spoonbill offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, modern amenities, and warm hospitality that will make your camping experience unforgettable. We invite you to book your reservation today and come see for yourself why our guests keep returning year after year!
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Booked 1 time

Jackie's RV Resort

97 sites · Lodging, RVs10 acres · Bacliff, TX
Jackie’s Place RV Resort is located just a mile off the beaches of Trinity Bay, in beautiful Bacliff, TX. Let your adventure in the desired area of Kemah begin. Check out the park map or get started with our online reservation system below. Amenities Onsite Laundry Facilities Enjoy the convenience of our new laundry facilities. Clean, coin-operated, and cool AC! Onsite Management Our friendly professional on-site management team is here for you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy! Shower and Restrooms Stay fresh for every adventure with access to our spacious resort bathrooms and showers. New Swimming Pool The beach is fun, but you can cool off right here, swimming in our BRAND NEW POOL! Full Hook-Ups Each space is equipped with 20/30/50 AMP service and a dedicated sewer connection. Community Clubhouse Come in and kick back in front of the big screen or shoot a game of billiards, the fun is waiting!
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$55
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Booked 6 times

East Park Village RV Park

32 sites · RVs10 acres · Channelview, TX
Planning a trip to Channelview, TX is as easy as booking your site at East Park Village RV Park to set up a memorable experience. We are located just East of Downtown Houston. If you are looking for an inexpensive Houston RV Park, East Park Village RV Park is certainly a great choice! Close to the Houston Ship Channel, Pasadena, TX, and Baytown, TX, our RV Park in Channelview, TX provides a relaxing and scenic environment. San Jacinto Battleground is among the popular and accessible attractions for sightseers staying at Eastpark Village RV Park. After a long day of touring the sites, you can indulge in a delicious dining experience at The Monument Inn that is situated just a few minutes away. Along with the chance to interact and meet new people, we guarantee a great overall experience. Enjoying a rural lifestyle within an urban area is a unique aspect of East Park Village RV Park.
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"One More Cast" RV Spot

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Crystal Beach, TX
"One More Cast" is a private RV spot with two pads. One is a covered RV pad, cover and pad is 24x40', all concrete including driveways. The second pad is 10x40' with an 8x20 attached concrete picnic area. Construction completed April 2023 so everything is brand new. Full hookups included. 5-6 minute walk to the beach through a nice, well kept neighborhood. Located 1/3 mile from The Big Store.
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$73
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Booked 1 time

Bolivar Suntastic

1 site · RV1 acre · Crystal Beach, TX
Welcome to a private and covered space to park your RV! Your kids and family dog can enjoy the freedom of a fully fenced yard while you're just a short 5-minute walk to Crystal Beach. Our site offers a 50-amp hook-up and sanitary sewer connection for your convenience. Additionally, you'll have access to a private outdoor shower to wash away the sand before heading back into your RV. Located on Kahla Dr in the heart of Crystal Beach, you'll be close to all restaurants, Crystal Beach waterpark, putt-putt golf, and The Big Store. Please note that our property is actually 8,000 sq ft, not 1 acre.
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The best camping near Galveston Island State Park guide

Overview

About

Located between the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay, this park is the last undeveloped area on Galveston Island and includes a top-rated gulf coast beach, dunes, wetlands, coastal prairie, lagoon, and salt marshes. Several miles of trails offer opportunities for hiking, biking, and paddling for all ability levels. Fishing is also popular, with anglers casting their line in the bay or surf. The park is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including more than 300 species of birds. Families will enjoy the excellent ranger-led programs, including star parties, paddling tours, and art programs, and can spend the night at one of several campgrounds that offer sites for tents, RVs, and lodges.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for RVs: The Bay Side Campground offers 20 water and electric sites with a communal pavilion and shared fire rings.
  • Best for beach access: The Beach Side Campground has 36 sites right by the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Best for families and groups: Two ADA-accessible lodges offer kitchens, bathrooms, air conditioning, heat, washers, and dryers.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites can be reserved up to five months in advance. Make a reservation as soon as you know your dates, especially for weekends during the peak season of March to October.
  2. If your plans are flexible and you want to beat the crowds, try to visit during the week, during non-holiday periods, or during late fall or winter. The park is open year-round.
  3. If visiting as part of a group, consider booking the cabins, which can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.

When to go

Summer is the most popular season at Galveston Island State Park, even though it can get quite hot and crowded. Visit during the spring and fall migration seasons to see a wide variety of birds. Peak season rental rates apply from March to October. Be sure to check the weather before confirming plans during hurricane season, from June to November, as the park closes for tropical storms and hurricanes. The nature center is open on weekends only.

Know before you go

  • There’s very little shade in the park, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Mosquito repellent and hiking boots are also a good idea.
  • Bring binoculars for spotting birds and wildlife, and make use of the bird blinds and two observation towers.
  • Fishing licenses are not required to fish from shore, and fishing equipment rentals are available.
  • Open containers and public consumption of alcohol are prohibited in the park.
  • The park has no lifeguards.
  • Bring your own kayak or canoe, as rentals are not available.

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