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You might find it hard to believe that one of the most popular recreation areas in Texas once housed a commune of pirates and outlaws. After pillaging and plundering their way through the towns along the Gulf of Mexico coast, famous French pirates Jean and Pierre Lafitte fled to Galveston Island to escape conviction. They set up a makeshift government on the island, where they continued their privateering operations — and the rest, as they say, is history.

The colorful legends of this barrier island are just one reason why folks flock from near and far to camp at Galveston Island State Park. This 2,000-acre swathe protects a diverse ecosystem of marshland, beaches, and prairies, making it a seventh heaven for nature enthusiasts. Outdoor adventurers will find no shortage of activities to enjoy, from paddling and angling to hiking and geocaching. Book an RV in Galveston County and take your time exploring everything this coastal paradise has to offer.

Getting Outdoors

Park your rental RV at the state park campground and hit the water. Fishing is permitted both at West Bay and in the Gulf. Bass, catfish, and red drum are just a few of the species that might bite. You won't even need a fishing license to cast your line from the shore. Clean your catch at the park's fish cleaning station before frying up your prize back at your campsite.

If you'd rather fish in deeper waters, lug your kayak, canoe, or paddle boat down to the boat launch and set out. Or, you can venture down the park's canoe trails for a unique view of the park's landscape. Birders will want to take the Jenkins Paddling Bayou Trail, while the Oak Bayou Paddling Trail offers a challenge for experienced paddlers.

Galveston Island State Park isn't exactly a haven for hikers, but the park's four-mile trail network puts you up close and personal with the island's flora and fauna. The Freshwater Pond Loop meanders around one of the park's ponds for seven-tenths of a mile. Keep your eyes peeled for gators along the way! For a longer walk, hit the Heron's Walk Trail, which leads out and back to a viewing platform where you can watch for wading birds.

Camping at Galveston Island State Park

If you want to camp in an RV at Galveston Island State Park, you have two options. The best part is, both options put you right by the water! A total of 56 sites are allocated for motorhome camping at Galveston Island State Park. Of those, 36 sites are located on the beachside, with the remaining 20 by the bayside. All RV camping sites come with water and electric hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, and easy access to restrooms and showers. Beachside campers can also beat the Texas heat at the shade shelter provided with their site.

Galveston Island State Park's campgrounds accommodate rigs up to 60 feet long. Pets are welcome to accompany you for your RV camping trip, but they must be kept on a leash and away from buildings and beaches.

Exploring the Area

All done camping at Galveston Island State Park? Load up the RV rental and take a short drive northeast to the resort city of Galveston. Take the town trolley to Moody Gardens, the city's top family-friendly attraction. This aquarium, cinema, museum, theme park, and water park all rolled into one is the perfect place to treat the kids to a day of fun.

When camping in an RV in Galveston, you're just a stone's throw from Space City. Drive an hour northwest into Houston to discover world-famous attractions like Space Center Houston and the Houston Zoo. Or, venture off the beaten path and catch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theater, or tour the underground cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park.

Prefer to swap urban attractions for more time in the great outdoors? Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 44,000 acres in Brazoria County, and it's just under 40 miles from Galveston Island State Park. Hundreds of species inhabit this federally protected area, from river otters and turtles to bobcats and alligators. Grab a park map from the Discovery Center, where you can also learn more about the wildlife that lives in the refuge.

Galveston is your best bet for finding fuel, groceries, and RV camping supplies. You'll also find a few upscale dining options here. Many of Galveston's gourmet restaurants along Seawall Boulevard offer beachfront seating and the freshest seafood you'll find anywhere in Texas.

Once your bellies are full and you've seen everything there is to see on Galveston Island, hit I-45 to continue your adventures through the Lone Star State.

RV Rentals in Galveston Island State Park, TX

Galveston Island State Park, TX is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Galveston Island State Park. Outdoorsy's Galveston Island State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Galveston Island State Park, TX

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Galveston Island State Park Trail Galveston Island State Park, TX
Jack Brooks Park Trail Hitchcock, TX
Interpretive Trail Galveston, TX
Fort Travis Trail Galveston, TX
Big Slough Trail Freeport, TX
Lago Siena Trail League City, TX
Loblolly Loop Trail Alvin, TX
Boardwalk Trail Webster, TX
Pine Gully Trail Rex L Meador Park, TX
Crystal Beach Trail Galveston, TX

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

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Lake Conroe / Houston North KOA Montgomery County, TX

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Recommendations for Galveston Island State Park, TX from Outdoorsy Owners


Know a great RV Park kid friendly, lazy river, near moody gardens & Pleasure Pier! We can set RV up for a fee! You reserve the space! Near Jamaica Beach

Jan 16, 2020
Jamaica Beach RV Park

This park is great for families. Mini-golf, Lazy River, movies, pool, live tortoises, and an easy walk to the beach on the Gulf.

Jan 7, 2020
Stella Mare RV Resort - #1 Galveston RV Park

Stella Mare is one of the nicest RV Resorts we've stayed at in the past 3 years. Clean. Friendly staff. Lots of fun family activities! Plus close to the beach. Doesn't get much better!!

Social Scene
Oct 2, 2018
State Highway Park Road

Camping right on the Galveston Gulf Coast. close to all the activities Galveston has to offer.

Boondocking Hookups
Aug 13, 2018
Stella Mare RV Resort - #1 Galveston RV Park

Friendly Staff, Clean and updated bathrooms, Cement pads, Pool, Splash pad, Park, sand, hammocks & swings, events held by staff including ice cream floats and donut breakfast.

Aug 8, 2018
Jamaica Beach RV Park

Lots of activities including lazy river and miniature golf . Call for reservation. We will deliver and setup for your beach vacation.

Game Room Glamping Ocean View Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly
Oct 5, 2017

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We went to the beach and parked at an RV resort for the weekend.

Dec 6, 2019