Galveston is like a Southern mecca of fun summertime activities for every family. It’s a quick drive for people in Texas and Louisiana, or a a simple shuttle bus from Houston to Galveston for those flying in to the nearby airport. If you’re considering places for your next family vacation, add Galveston to the list of great places with amazing attractions.
Galveston is home to 32 miles of beach and a host of fun places to take the whole family. One of the most popular is Moody Gardens. This large, pyramid-shaped, attraction features three buildings focused on plants, animals, and space. It’s a sure win for kids with any interest.
Schlitterbahn water park is another fan favorite for families visiting this island town. It’s a huge water park that caters to both kids and adults with its variety of rides, shows, and activities. If you need a fun summer vacation that everyone will enjoy, consider this park for your first stop.
If your family is more into dry rides with food and shops nearby, Pleasure Pier is a great place to stop and spend the day. This 70-year-old attraction has been bringing tourists to the Gulf Coast with its relaxed atmosphere and local options for decades.
Galveston is home to a variety of different festivals year-round. Celebrating everything from chili to Christmas, there is sure to be a fete you can enjoy. The island kicks off the year with its chili and beer fest in January, followed by a polar plunge (swimming in the frigid Gulf) and a restaurant week to end the month of January.
There are also events such as sea turtle Saturday in February, Mardi Gras celebrations, and a beach sports festival in the summer time. With the frequency of these festivals, you can almost guarantee a party at any time of the year.