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Published on: 20 Mar 2017 by francisjud
Go to the beach
32 miles of beaches, Galveston Island is an outstanding family beach
destination. Each of Galveston’s seven beach parks has a different personality.
Whether you want a festive beach with lots of services and amenities or an
uncrowded natural beach, Galveston has it.
Urban Park is home to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (see below)
and the longest continuous sidewalk in the U.S., which makes it great for
biking, running or walking. Stewart Beach was named one of the 10 Best Beaches
for Families by Family Vacation Critic in 2013.
Have an adventure
baby I took to Galveston is now fifteen years old! On our next trip, he is sure
to have his eye on some of the adventurous activities
Galveston beaches. Parasailing, jet boating, wave running, paddle boarding,
surfing and flyboarding are a few of the fun rentals, lessons and tours we can
Galveston Island State Park
Island State Park was named one of the top 5 “Best Gulf Coast Beaches” by Travel Channel
in 2013. It’s your best option if you enjoy a more natural, and perhaps less
crowded beach experience. Hiking, biking, fishing, paddling and camping are
popular here. Birdwatchers flock (pun intended) to Galveston for its
outstanding bird watching opportunities.
the website or ask when you arrive about ranger programs, which include nature
talks, star parties, paddle tours and art programs. Galveston Island State Park
has a nature center where you can learn more about the park’s unique ecology.
Kids can participate in a Junior Ranger program!
Gardens is an aquarium, museum, theater and water park and adventure park in
one! BONUS: it’s educational! All exhibits have an emphasis on education and
a 1- or 2-day pass that gets you unlimited access to nine fun activities or
purchase activities a la carte. My kids will love the zip line, ropes course
and water park (open seasonally). The aquarium, rainforest and museum will be
great low key activities for the whole family.
aquarium will be closed from late August through November 2016 for renovations.
Look for a new and improved aquarium with new exhibits and surprises (like
Pier is a classic seaside amusement park, complete with roller coaster, ferris
wheel, carousel and other fun attractions. Try your skill at one of the Midway
games or sample your favorite amusement park foods.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island
has earned its reputation for being one of the most exciting water parks
anywhere, and you’ll find it in Galveston. Water slides, pools and play zones
have been designed for all ages and interests. Whether your family loves big
thrills or a lazy day by the pool, Schlitterbahn has it
Take a tour
has a long list of fun tours on land and sea for families. On land, check out
an art tour, ghost tour, bike tour or an Amazing Race-style tour. On sea,
choose from a dolphin tour, fishing tour, kayak tour, paddle wheel tour and
others. If you can’t choose, get both land and sea on a Duck Tour!
Visit a museum
has great museums to fit a variety of interests. Here are a few of the top
rated museums for families in Galveston.
Ship ELISSA is a restored, three-masted ship that still sails! It is part of
the Texas Seaport Museum, a short walk from the cruise dock and Ocean Star
Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. It’s is a good place to learn about local
maritime history and get a first-hand experience on a beautiful ship.
Star Flight Museum is a top rated museum that houses an award winning
collection of vintage airplanes. Depending on your interest in historic planes
dating back to the 1930’s, you could spend an hour or all day. If you REALLY
love planes, consider booking a ride in one of the planes. Airplane rides are
available for teens and adults for an additional cost.
Railroad Museum and Terminal is a must for train lovers. It houses full-size
engines and cars, an elaborate model train, plus related historical exhibits. Ocean
Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum looks especially interesting! Offshore
oil is a huge local industry, and there aren’t many other places where you can
explore a real oil rig. Ocean Star is a retired rig, within walking distance of
shore via pedestrian bridge. Tours are self-guided, with lots of
Children’s Museum is a slam dunk for families with preschool and elementary age
kids. It is loaded with hands-on science and art activities in an
air-conditioned building near the Strand historic district.
Palace is a beautifully preserved Victorian mansion, and one of the most
popular activities in Galveston. The American Institute of Architects has named
it one of the 100 Most Important Buildings in America. Both guided and
self-guided tours are available, so you can spend as much or as little time
here as you would like.
Palace is not the only historic mansion tour in Galveston. It is one of eight
historic buildings open for tours.
Explore Downtown and the Strand
Strand is the historic section of Galveston that survived the 1901 hurricane
that destroyed much of the city. Today it is a family-friendly shopping
district full of local shopping and dining. It’s a great place to get an ice cream
cone and soak up the spirit of Galveston!
your Galveston Island Pass
you’re exploring multiple attractions, get your Galveston Island Pass and save
up to 40% off retail price when select four or more venues. For a list of