Gulf Palms locals that walk with their dogs in this neighborhood need to be prepared for rain. Galveston gets plenty of rain throughout the year and an umbrella and good, light rain gear are a must. It is warm year round and hot in summer. Winter months do not experience cold or freezing temperatures and are pleasant for walking most days. Summer days can be very hot and you will want to avoid walking in the heat of the day. Choose cooler times of the day to take your dog for an excursion.
There are no sidewalks along residential roads and the pavement is so hot in summer that paved paths would not be pleasant for your dog to walk on. Walk your dog on grassy areas in Gulf Palms and, if it is necessary to walk on the road, walk facing oncoming traffic. Because there is a main, trafficked road located just north of this community, you should keep your dog secured in a fenced area or on a leash at all times so there is no danger of your pup running out into busy traffic on the Terminal San Luis Pass Road.
Sea creatures that wash up on shore and wildlife like snakes that live in the adjacent dunes can pose a hazard to your dog. Keep your dog leashed on the beach, as per Galveston leash laws, and to keep your pup away from harmful critters. Make sure you are prepared to clean up after your pet to be respectful to other beachgoers.
A short drive to the east of Gulf Palms, the Galveston Island State Park provides a large inland natural area with plenty of walking and hiking trails to explore with your canine companions.