One of the things I love about where we live is that in a few hours drive we have access to the beach, the lakes, museums, the theater, a couple of great zoos, and more. This past weekend we took the kids for a road trip to Galveston, TX to take in some of the sites and have one final hurrah before school, soccer, dance, Girl Scouts, and everything else kicks our rears off for the fall season.
Galveston Island is located only 50 miles south of Houston. It has a rich history and a lot of fun, laid back things to do as a family. Here is my list of 10 things to do in Galveston, TX with your kids:
1. Moody Gardens is a non-profit educational destination with tons of fun things to do with your family. The main attractions are the three pyramids which house an aquarium, rain forest, and a discovery center.
The aquarium has a ton of sea life, a penguin exhibit, and a shark tunnel. The discovery pyramid hosts interactive exhibits with a children’s museum format. Currently they are hosting “Jams”, a history of music. My kids had a great time running around and learning how musical instruments work.
But my favorite is the rain forest pyramid. This is the first time I had been in it, and I can’t wait to go back. There are birds, butterflies, and monkeys that roam free throughout the pyramid in addition to other animals like an ocelot, snakes, and a lizard that must never be spoken of again in more zoo-like habitats.
This little monkey scared the bejeezus out of Cady when it jumped up on the railing next to her. Then she turned around and snapped this photo of it. Future blogger in the making perhaps?
2. Schlitterbahn Galveston, TX is a super fun water park that is enjoyed by people of all ages. I have not been to the park in Galveston, but I have been to the New Braunfels location, which has been ranked the number one waterpark in the world for 15 years, several times, and it is awesome. We went last year and had a great time. It is sure to please all of your little water lovers.
4. Ride the Ferry. I can remember as a kid driving down to the beach and riding the ferry into Galveston. It was always a unique and fun experience. Now as a parent, I get to see my kids enjoy it too. The ferry is free to ride, and you can walk or drive on. If you are staying in Galveston, you can park at the terminal, ride across to Bolivar Peninsula and then ride back. The kids can feed the sea gulls off the back of the boat or stand and look for dolphins.
5. Go fishing. Have you seen those commercials with the little kids that say “take me fishing”? How sweet are those? Super sweet. Well in Galveston you can do just that. Take your kids fishing. There are several piers which you can fish from or you can charter a boat for a bigger adventure. Either way it is sure to be a ton o’ fun.
6. Due to the rich history of Galveston, TX, several tours operate on the Island. From ghosts and cemeteries to historic buildings and art. You can walk, ride, or take a boat to several points of interest with either a guide or you can take it all in yourself with a self-guided tour.
7. Visit the Strand. The Strand is the Galveston historic district. There are tours and museums, carriage rides and shopping. December brings “Dickens on the Strand”, which is an historic Christmas reenactment where everyone dresses in period clothes and carols and does other fun stuff.
8. While walking the strand, be sure to stop in at La Kings Confectionary. La King’s is a throwback to the old soda shops where you could sip on handmade milkshakes or indulge in homemade chocolates. They also make saltwater taffy in a ton of different flavors.
9. Of course their is always the beach. I will be the first to admit that our beaches are not the best in the world, but they are still fun. Plus there is something about sinking your toes in the sand as a warm Gulf breeze lifts your hair that brings a smile to your face.
10. Pleasure Pier is a fairly new attraction in Galveston. I really wanted to go while we were there, but by Saturday night I was beat. Everyone I know that has been says they had a fantastic time, and Rebecca told me Sunday that it was a challenge to get her kids to leave. There are amusement park rides, games, restaurants, and shops. It looks amazing, and I know it would be a great time. I wish I had a photo, but I didn’t manage to capture one. You can visit the Galveston CVB Pinterest boards for some really fantastic photos though.
These are my top 10 things to do in Galveston, TX. Have you been? What would you recommend?
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Thanks to Carnival Cruise Lines and the Galveston Island Convention and Tourists Bureau for sending my family to Galveston this past weekend. I was not asked to write about our trip; therefore, this post is not sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own.