When I found out our daughter's gymnastics competition would be held at the Galveston Island Convention Center, I went straight to RV Parky and google to start researching RV parks in the area. I came across Stella Mare RV Resort and instantly fell in love with the pictures of the amenities - this place has it all! Heated pool, splash pad, playground, and more. I booked three nights. The "Daily Rate" listed on the receipt came up as $150ish... Ok, that may be a lot more than we typically spend at a resort RV, but this trip was doubling as our vacation and we had a lot of accomplishments to celebrate. Plus, it beat the $300 a night hotel rate at the Hilton convention center. So I went ahead and paid the $150ish deposit for what I thought was just the first night of our three night stay. Boy was I surprised (in the best way possible) when we checked in and I was informed that we were all paid up. The $150 wasn't our daily rate! It was the right for the entire 3 night stay!!! I could not believe that this gorgeous resort that we had just pulled into was about $50 a night (we did stay in the off season and had a promo code we used during booking). We have stayed at some rustic campgrounds for more than that! So if you want an affordable RV Resort with all the amenities in Galveston, this is your place!
The roads are paved and the sites are level concrete pads with lush green space. The pads are plenty big to accommodate even the largest camping units and have full hook ups. Upon arrival, you will be guided to your site by friendly staff. Each site has a bench which flips up to double as a table. There is complimentary Wi-Fi (that actually worked!) throughout the park. The bathhouses are clean and spacious with laundry facilities.
A 3000 square foot observation deck allows you sit, relax, and enjoy the ocean view. If you want to go to the beach, there is beach access directly across the street (it is a busy roadway, but with patience we were able to safely cross with our 7 kids).
The resort itself offers so many water activities that our kids actually preferred to stay and play at the resort the rest of the time rather than go anywhere else. The pool is heated and offers several different points of entry, including stairs and a walk in incline that was perfect for our littles. There is also a shallow area with an in-pool lounging areas that is perfect for moms to relax while the toddlers play. You can also sit and relax under one of the poolside fountains.
Nearby is a spacious splash pad - the largest of any on the island. It provided hours of fun for our kiddos.
When you are ready to dry off, there is a large playground on a sand island for the kids run off any energy they have left. Nearby is a covered tiki bar and porch swings to relax on.
We stayed on site 17, which backs up to a field with beautiful horses. One woman mentioned that they are retired police horses, but I have not been able to verify that. The horses would come to the fence and allow the kids to pet them.
My husband ran into a buddy of his that he deployed with several years ago (small world!). He has been living at the resort for a few months as he is working in the area, and agrees that it is the best around.
If you plan to leave the resort, it is just like any other touristy beach town. There is a lot of traffic and parking is hard to find. We used Jeff's Cab and Shuttle Service. Drivers were on time and prices were reasonable.
Roadschooling in Galveston? Don't miss Moody Gardens and Anahuac National Wildlife Center. Here are some books you may want to check out:
Oh, and if your route to/from Galveston happens to take you through Longview, Tyler, or Marshall, Texas, be sure to check out Jucy's Hamburgers. They really are the best burgers in Texas (and the best burger we have ever had!).
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