The Galveston Island State Park has numerous events going on this summer. These events are fun for the entire family. Most events are free, however, you must pay $5 to get into the park. Galveston Island State Park is located on the west end of the Island at 14901 FM 3005, Galveston. For more info call (409)737-1222 or go to tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island. Events are:
June 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (10-11am) – Beach Exploration – Hunt for Island treasures with a knowledgeable guide. Beach Exploration hikes start at the park’s Nature Center located on the bay side of the park close to the main highway.
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (10-11:30am) – Bay Exploration – Join one of these weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and island paradise – Galveston Bay.
June 30th (2:30-3:30pm) – Sandcastle Contest – This Arts in the Parks family program on the beach will help you with some good sandcastle building skills. Ranger Lisa will clear an area for the contest and bring some gear for you to use. They want to see what kind of castle you (and your family and friends) can make. Everyone is invited to spend some time gathering materials, building a structure, and decorating it to your liking.
June 29th, July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (4-5pm) – Turtle Patrol – Citizen scientists are needed for this turtle patrol and hike! During the warm nesting season, park rangers conserve habitat, eliminate trash, and patrol the beaches for critters. You can help endangered sea turtles by attending the fun.
July 4th, August 8th (10-11am) – Beach Paint Party – Come join this watercolor painting lesson on the beach and create a one-of-a-kind souvenir plus make some memories with Ranger Lisa. All art supplies are available for use.
July 14th (1-2pm) – Geocaching 101 – Learn how to find a hidden treasure within the park and around the globe with this short, activity-based program about geocaching. “Geo” = Earth, “cache” = something hidden, like treasure or supplies. Come search for hidden gems in the park!
June 30th (5-7:30pm) – Sunset Paddle – The Friends of Galveston Island State Park provide this great experience on the water with a guide, free gear rental, and a guided trip into a protected cove of Galveston Bay. You will start with an orientation on land, paddle out into the bay, and return just as the sun sets.