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Galveston
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Gulf Coast
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Galveston Island Texas State Park
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Galveston Island State Park Information:
This 2,013 acre park is located on the west end of Galveston Island in the City of Galveston. The Great Storm of 1900 destroyed most of the facilities on Galveston Island, caused almost 10,000 deaths, and precipitated the building of the seawall which helped save parts of the City of Galveston during the latest devastating storm, Hurricane Ike. The September 1998, Hurricane Frances destroyed sand dunes in the park which are the only protection the facilities have from the Gulf of Mexico waters. The dunes are rebuilt annually by creating a foundation out of used Christmas trees. The park was rebuilt after the September 2008 Hurricane Ike. Park activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming (ask park staff about presence of rip tides and jellyfish), hiking, bike riding, kayaking and birding. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the park brochure, and watch the 2009 park video pre-Hurricane Ike and the park video post-Hurricane Ike.    
 
Galveston Island State Park Directions:
From IH-45 in Galveston, exit 61st Street and travel south to Seawall Boulevard (FM 3005). Go right (west) on Seawall for 10 miles to the park entrance. Park Entrance is located on San Luis Pass Road; turn towards the gulf side to reach the fee booth, and Park Headquarters building (gift shop and restrooms).