Sitting just an hours' drive outside of Houston, Galveston Island State Park is a 2,013-acre piece of land inside the city of Galveston, Texas. The park itself occupies the west end of Galveston Island and has a rich history, with documented human occupation going back over 5,000 years.
The Galveston Island State Park nature center is open on the weekends from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and offers a lot of special tours for school and other specialty groups. Hours for these programs can be obtained by calling the Galveston Island offices. All indoor spaces are strictly off limits to canines.
Due to the water surrounding this piece of land, Galveston Island offers paddling trails complete with board rentals. You can choose a self-guided experience, or pay an extra fee and have a park staff member paddle out with you or your party. Canines are not permitted on rented boards.
If you enjoy the shoreline but aren't a huge swimmer, Galveston also offers fishing both at their beachside and bay area locations. Fishing licenses aren't required, as all shores are free for fishing in state parks by default. Poles are available for use, but visitors must provide line, bait, and other accessories. Dogs are free to accompany fishers provided they stay on leash.
There are four miles of trails that wind throughout Galveston Island State Park, from which you can get some great views of the island's varied scenery. In addition to photo blinds and several observation platforms, there are plenty of doggie bagging stations in case you need to clean up after your canine during your walk.
Finally, Galveston Island State Park has several beachfront and bayfront cabins available for rental year round. In addition to these fully furnished cabins, the island also has 36 traditional camping sites available year round, weather permitting. For more information on available rentals, you can contact the Texas State Parks' website. Dogs are prohibited from the cabin areas, as well as all rental campgrounds.