Mustang Island State Park
Are you looking for that perfect vacation spot where everyone in your family can find something to enjoy? You found it! Bring your family to Mustang Island State Park for an unforgettable day, weekend, or even week-long camping trip. This barrier island state park is home to a multitude of wildlife, as well as an array of pristine coastlines, a veritable wonderland for adventure-prone people of all ages. While Dad and Mom fish and watch the migration of wild waterfowl, the kids can attend one of the many Junior Ranger Exploration events or scamper around the beach collecting shells. By the way, your friendly pup is welcome, as long as he or she remains leashed.
Mustang Island Beach Features
- Beach-Front Campfires
- On-Beach Camping
- Fantastic Beach Combing
- Turtles and Dolphins and Birds! Oh My!
- Paddling: Get up close and personal with Mother Nature.
Beach-Front Campfires take you back to that primal place everyone tries to find in the wild. Groups can build and gather around small campfires on the beach, taking advantage of the fact that firewood is sold at the nearby park store. Be sure to check the TPWD website for current burn bans and regulations on where you can enjoy a campfire.
There are two options available to campers interested in spending time in Mustang Island State Park: primitive (drive-up) campsites right on the sand, and water and electric campsites protected from the wind behind the dunes bordering the beach.
Primitive campsites are available along a 1.5 mile stretch of beach. Here you can bring tents, lawn chairs, towels, and other items to relax on the shore of the Gulf. Ground fires are permissible. Access to the beach bathhouse, which includes full restrooms, is nearby to the headquarters.
Tucked behind the dunes and only a short walk from the shore are pull up water and electric campsites. Available here is a 50 amp hookup, as well as a water hookup. There are grills and picnic tables available, as well as nearby restrooms.
Enjoy miles of quiet paddling-trail excursions and get up really close and personal with all the wildlife teeming along the shores.
It’s at its best on the surf pounded sands of this beach. Low competition makes for lots of luck finding seashells, fossils, or other treasures swept in by the tide.
Mustang Island is one of the few remaining breeding grounds for a special breed of sea turtle, known as Kemp’s Ridley. If you visit between the months of April to July, you may even get a firsthand look at the sea turtles laying their eggs on the shore, or the hatchlings making their first journey to the sea. Young Atlantic green sea turtles flit and play around the jetties, and you can see them hunting for food in the sun-dappled waters.
Events are held regularly to learn more about the different species of turtles and how Texas participates in their conservation.
Birders rejoice! Over 400 different species of birds can be observed on Mustang Island, making this a paradise for those interested in bird-watching. No matter your experience level, you can attend one of the many birding events, where a number of binoculars and field guides will be made available for you.
Perhaps most exciting is the potential to see a rare Aplomado falcon, which are all but gone from the Texas wilds. However, 65 captive-bred falcons were released on Mustang Island in 2012 and 2013, meaning that you may see one of these rare, beautiful birds on your visit.
Entrance fees: children 12 and under: free; adults: $5, daily.
Campsite fees: primitive: $10, nightly; water and electric: $20, nightly, or $120, weekly
Beach bathhouse usage is included in your daily entrance fee.
Gate is open 7AM to 10PM, daily.
Call 361-749-5246 for more information.
*If you plan on enjoying several days at one of Texas’s beautiful state parks or beaches, consider the Texas State Parks Pass, which will allow you unlimited visits for an entire year.