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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

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11 Apr

Ten Fabulous Places for Family Fun in Galveston

Spring break in Galveston is where southern charm meets seaside leisure in the Gulf Coast of Texas. Traveling as a group can be tricky when accommodating everyone's needs, but we have the ultimate itinerary for the best family fun when on your island getaway.

Galveston Island State Park
Bring your kayak and paddle your way through the water as you bird watch, or start the morning with some fishing. Swimming is encouraged along the coast and Spring is the perfect weather for a camping trip. Galveston Island State Park  has the only beach-front RV parking site in Galveston. Call for reservations today!

Seawall Urban Park
Stretching more than 10 miles, discover the many beaches along the famous Seawall. Sandwiched in between the shore and Seawall Boulevard, is the country’s longest continuous sidewalk, perfect for getting a family bike ride in. These pet-friendly beaches (don’t forget to keep your pups leashed) provide parking on the Seawall for the day at only $16 through the Pay By Phone app.

Stewart Beach
Family vacationing to Galveston Island means finding the best family-friendly beach. Located near the iconic Broadway Avenue, this Seawall beach is perfect for a day of fun. Stewart Beach was featured in "10 Best Beaches for Families” by Family Vacation Critic in 2013, and that still lives up 9 years later! Enjoy amenities like bathrooms, concessions, a volleyball court, a playground, and beachside rentals.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
During your Seawall explorations, making a stop at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier should definitely be on your to-do list. Exciting rides like the Texas Star Flyer and the rip-roaring Iron Shark Roller Coaster welcome tourists year-round. A full list of rides, including fun for the little ones, can be found online. Make the most of your visit and grab lunch before making a souvenir stop at nearby Murdochs as well.

Moody Gardens
Explore all of the earth’s ecosystems in the form of three large pyramids waiting to be explored. Home to many family-friendly activities, exhibits, seasonal events, a golf course, a resort, and year-round educational lessons, Moody Gardens Galveston Island is a must-see when in town.

The Strand
Located in the heart of Galveston, this National Historic Landmark is where all the action happens. Whether you are in town for Galveston Mardi Gras, or simply want to go on a shopping spree followed by a delicious dinner near Galveston Bay, a day exploring The Strand District is necessary when in town. Visit friendly merchants and more!

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center
Since 1997, and located near The Strand District, guests can embark on a 1-1/2 hour self-guided virtual tour watching videos and interacting with exhibits throughout, as they learn about the oil and drilling industry. The museum welcomes guests daily from 10 am - 5 pm to drill into a piece of Gulf Coast history.

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
Cool off from that Texas sun as you speed down the most thrilling water slides on the island! Reserve a private cabana for the family to spend the day lounging and eating in comfort. The heated pool and swim-up bar are the perfect stop between slides. All 30 rides & experiences can be found online!

The Grand 1894 Opera House
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, head to one of the few remaining theaters of its era right here in Galveston. The Grand 1894 Opera House hosts popular and high-quality touring artists in theater, music, dance, opera, children’s programming, and more! Try to catch a show when in town.

Galveston Railroad Museum
What was once a popular method of transportation now awaits to be explored in the form of vintage rail cars. Take a family ride on the caboose, or tour the many cars on the property before dining in one of them! A trip to Galveston Railroad Museum promises a day of educational fun.