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Wilde About Texas: Galveston Island State Park
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A trip to Galveston Island State Park
gives visitors the chance to experience the island from the Gulf Coast's bay side marshes.
The area has coastal beaches, along with a diverse pant animal life, complete with some speedy crabs.
"They provide habitat for our periwinkles, our fiddler crabs, dragonflies and food for oyster catchers and other birds," Chad McNiel with Galveston Island State Park said.
Nearly three-fourths of all migratory birds stop in Galveston as they move north and south.
If bird watching isn't your thing, there is always the beach. Galveston Island is still in recovery from Hurricane Ike, but the park is making dramatic strides.
"We lost an average of 70 to 300 feet depending on where you measure of beach, but it's all coming back," Niel said.
The state park offers both beach and bay side camping, and participates in the tackle loner program for visitors who want to try their hand at fishing.