If you’re looking to enjoy the relaxing joy of simplistic beach-living, Bolivar Peninsula is only a ferry ride away from Galveston. Not only does the town have a feeling of quaint seclusion, this small community offers several relaxing points of interest. Enjoy walking on the beautiful beaches and watching the local wildlife, and genuinely unwind. Here are five great places on Bolivar Peninsula to unplug and chill out.
The Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary
Bolivar Peninsula’s marsh and gulf waters hold large numbers of fish, worms, and shrimp, which happen to be the favorite food of some of the Texas Gulf Coasts most striking migratory visitors. The Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary gives people a chance to get a close-up view of stunning birds. Especially during winter and early spring, migratory shorebirds such as American White Pelican, Dunlin, and American Avocets, flock to this area. During the summer, you can spot reddish egrets, herons, and spoonbills. Any time of year, the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary is worth the visit. For more information, visit the Houston Audubon’s website on the sanctuary here.
Fort Travis Seashore Park
Named for Texas legend William B. Travis, the Fort Travis Park is the perfect place for a cooking out and camping. The park has barbeque grills, picnic areas, play grounds, and cabanas and campsite rentals. While Fort Travis no longer stands, there are still battery sites in the park to be seen. Enjoy scenic expanses of grass knolls and fishing on the rocky shore at this historic site. Located close to the ferry landing, Fort Travis Seashore Park is a convenient place to unwind with the family. Visit Crystal Beach’s website on the park here.
The North Jetty
The North Jetty is located on the southwestern end of Bolivar Peninsula, and it does more than provide protection for ships entering the Galveston/Houston Ship Channel. This is popular spot to drop a line a do some fishing for trout, redfish, and flounder. Like fresh crab? The North Jetty is also a popular spot for crabbing. Even if you aren’t a fisherman, just walking out onto the Jetty is said to be a remarkable experience, especially at sunset. Whether you draw peace of mind from fishing or a beautiful ocean view, the North Jetty is a great place to unplug and relax. See an aerial view of the North Jetty by clicking here.
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a 34,000 acre expanse of prairie, coastal marsh, and small wooded areas primarily dedicated to protecting the land for migratory birds. The coastal marshes of the Refuge are important for wintering and breeding waterfowl and shorebirds, and the small copses of trees are vital for the nesting of migrating neo-tropical birds. While watching for birds, you can also watch for the other animals that call the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge home, including alligators and bobcats. Any day of the week, you can go for a relaxing hike and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. For more information, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ website here.
Located in the middle of Bolivar Peninsula, Crystal Beach is a popular get-away spot. Named for its sand that’s said to “sparkle like crystal,” this beautiful beach is a lovely place for long walks, swimming, and bird watching. This seven-mile stretch of beach is a peaceful, quiet area in which to relax and unwind, far from the stress of city-life. And for those who find no better place to unwind than the green, the town of Crystal Beach also has a small golf course. This resort community has a small-town feel with a beautiful beach that attracts tourists year after year, so don’t miss out. For more information, visit Crystal Beach’s website here.