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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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02 Mar

Ten Terrific Places for Family Fun in Galveston

Looking for the ultimate in family-friendly fun? You’ll find it all right here in Galveston. We offer an abundance of fabulous attractions, ten of which are listed below.

Pier 21  

Located in the historic harbor area, Pier 21 is home to three museums, including the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and the Texas Seaport Museum. You can also ride alongside the dolphins on one of several harbor tours or zoom through the harbor on a high-speed boat ride.

Moody Gardens  

Penguins, sharks and more await you at the Aquarium Pyramid, along with Saki monkeys, giant Amazon river otters, and tropical birds at the Rainforest Pyramid. Take in a thrilling film experience at the 4D Special FX Theater, or test your courage and agility on the ropes course and the zip line.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston

This exhilarating collection of water rides includes four slides, raft rides, and a kid’s area, along with excellent picnic pavilions and a swim-up bar.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Family fun with a vintage vibe, this retro amusement park is the ideal destination for thrilling rides and midway games for all ages. Additional highlights include shops and an array of fantastic food.

Galveston Artist Boat

Kayaking, hiking, workshops, eco-art adventures and more are offered by this educational center, with a goal of promoting awareness and environmental preservation through science and the arts. Kayaking adventure selections include plein air watercolor art experiences.

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Known as “The Official Opera House of Texas”, this beautifully restored gem features a variety of live entertainment for the entire family, including concerts and Broadway shows.

Galveston Children’s Museum at Moody Mansion

Fascinating interactive exhibits for children aged 2-10, along with special events for children of all ages. Daily events include science demos and open mics, along with special monthly, seasonal, and annual events, such as Family Free Night, Spring Break Camps, and the upcoming Fairytale Ball on April 18, 2020.

1892 Bishop’s Palace

A historic treasure to tour, with almost 20,000 square feet of ornate spaces, the 1892 Bishop's Palace abounds with magnificent Victorian style. Located in the East End Historic District of Galveston.

Galveston Island State Park

This scenic state park provides the perfect place for hiking, birding, fishing, or just strolling along the beach. Pack a picnic and enjoy the lush scenery and natural surroundings.

Seawall Boulevard

Walk, run, bicycle, or skate down more than 10 miles filled with murals, shops, and various attractions. Don’t leave without stopping by one of the Seawall-area eateries for fresh seafood.

Where to Stay

Enhance your visit with an outstanding view of the harbor when you stay at the Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21. Or, check out the scenic beachfront location of the Hotel Galvez & Spa. For exquisite downtown accommodations, make your reservations for The Tremont House.