Galveston Island State Park
For a breath of fresh air, literally, head to the Galveston Island State Park during your class trip, this 2000 acre park featuring campgrounds, hiking trails, birdwatching spots, swimming spots, and so much more for locals and visitors like to enjoy.
This park protects 2000 acres of upper Gulf Coast barrier island ecosystem and is considered to be the last undeveloped land in the area that allows public access. The barrier island is a popular migratory stopover for birds, and the entire park shows off several different landscapes from Gulf waters and coastal prairie to wetlands and bay.
Visitors can enjoy both beach and bayside views and activities here at the park, with 'activities for every coast lover' from swimming (unsupervised) and splashing in the sun to reeling in that big one at a fishing dock. You can also enjoy picnicking, birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, geocaching, studying nature, or simply relaxing in any of the many picturesque spots that can be found throughout the park.
Visit the onsite Nature Center to learn more about the park and its programs, as well as the campsites and lodges. There are various ranger programs available that teach guests about the plants and animals of Galveston Island, as well as art programs, paddling tours, and 'star parties'.