Save Money Visiting 3 Houston Camping Spots

November 11, 2021

Setting goals to pay down debt or save for a big purchase doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice exploring and traveling. One of the most affordable ways to see an area is to go camping. Grab a few friends, pack your car, and get to exploring!

3 of the Best Camping Spots in Houston

Galveston Island State Park

Only an hour drive from downtown Houston, Galveston Island State Park is a popular camping destination. With both beach and bay sides, Galveston Island State Park offers activities for every coast lover such as swimming, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, hiking, paddling and more. You can rent a campsite starting at $15/night or rent a lodge for a larger group of people.

Brazos Bend State Park

If you’re a fan of hiking, Brazos Bend State Park is for you. Located 45 miles from Houston, there are 37 trails to explore the wetland area. Local tip: Be sure to keep an eye out for alligators while exploring! Stay overnight at a campsite, screened shelter, or cabin. If you’re a stargazer, the George Observatory is worth the trip to Brazos Bend State Park. You can purchase tickets for Saturday night stargazing and experience real-time camera feeds from the telescopes, expert interactions with astronomers and a laser tour of the night sky.

Lake Houston Wilderness Park

Despite its name, Lake Houston Wilderness Park is not actually located on Lake Houston. With nearly 5,000 acres of lush forest, there’s plenty of outdoor space for nature lovers to explore. Only a 30 minute drive from the city, there are two different types of cabins you can rent: open a-frames where you still pack air mattresses and sleeping bags and larger cabins that come equipped with queen-sized beds. There are more than 20 trails to explore and a variety of activities on both land and water.


Camping might not be the first activity that comes to mind when you think about enjoying Houston, but it’s an affordable way to get to know your city. Want to explore Houston without making a long-term commitment like a 12-month lease? Become a PadSplit Member today, and get access to hundreds of affordable and high-quality room rentals in your community.

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