Jakarta island hotels branch: 10 fun things to do in Galveston, Texaswith kidsGo to the beachWith 32 miles of beaches, Galveston Island is an outstanding family beach destination. Each ofGalveston’s seven beach parks has a different personality. Whether you want a festive beachwith lots of services and amenities or an uncrowded natural beach, Galveston has it.Seawall Urban Park is home to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (see below) and thelongest 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 in2013.Have an adventureThat baby I took to Galveston is now fifteen years old! On our next trip, he is sure to have hiseye on some of the adventurous activitieson Galveston beaches. Parasailing, jet boating, wave running, paddle boarding, surfing andflyboarding are a few of the fun rentals, lessons and tours we can try.Galveston Island State ParkGalveston Island State Park was named one of the top 5 “Best Gulf Coast Beaches” by TravelChannel in 2013. It’s your best option if you enjoy a more natural, and perhaps less crowdedbeach experience. Hiking, biking, fishing, paddling and camping are popular here. Birdwatchersflock (pun intended) to Galveston for its outstanding bird watching opportunities.Check 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 centerwhere you can learn more about the park’s unique ecology. Kids can participate in a JuniorRanger program!Moody GardensMoody 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 conservation.Buy a 1- or 2-day pass that gets you unlimited access to nine fun activities or purchase activitiesa la carte. My kids will love the zip line, ropes course and water park (open seasonally). Theaquarium, rainforest and museum will be great low key activities for the whole family.The aquarium will be closed from late August through November 2016 for renovations. Look fora new and improved aquarium with new exhibits and surprises (like penguins!) soon.
Pleasure PierPleasure 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 yourfavorite amusement park foods.Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandSchlitterbahn has earned its reputation for being one of the most exciting water parksanywhere, and you’ll find it in Galveston. Water slides, pools and play zones have beendesigned for all ages and interests. Whether your family loves big thrills or a lazy day by thepool, Schlitterbahn has itTake a tourGalveston has a long list of fun tours on land and sea for families. On land, check out an arttour, 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 andsea on a Duck Tour!Visit a museumGalveston has great museums to fit a variety of interests. Here are a few of the top ratedmuseums for families in Galveston.Tall Ship ELISSA is a restored, three-masted ship that still sails! It is part of the Texas SeaportMuseum, 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 abeautiful ship.Lone Star Flight Museum is a top rated museum that houses an award winning collection ofvintage airplanes. Depending on your interest in historic planes dating back to the 1930’s, youcould spend an hour or all day. If you REALLY love planes, consider booking a ride in one of theplanes. Airplane rides are available for teens and adults for an additional cost.Galveston Railroad Museum and Terminal is a must for train lovers. It houses full-size enginesand cars, an elaborate model train, plus related historical exhibits. Ocean Star Offshore DrillingRig and Museum looks especially interesting! Offshore oil is a huge local industry, and therearen’t many other places where you can explore a real oil rig. Ocean Star is a retired rig, withinwalking distance of shore via pedestrian bridge. Tours are self-guided, with lots of family-friendly exhibits.Galveston Children’s Museum is a slam dunk for families with preschool and elementary agekids. It is loaded with hands-on science and art activities in an air-conditioned building near theStrand historic district.
Bishop’s PalaceBishop’s Palace is a beautifully preserved Victorian mansion, and one of the most popularactivities in Galveston. The American Institute of Architects has named it one of the 100 MostImportant Buildings in America. Both guided and self-guided tours are available, so you canspend as much or as little time here as you would like.Bishop’s Palace is not the only historic mansion tour in Galveston. It is one of eight historicbuildings open for tours.Explore Downtown and the StrandThe Strand is the historic section of Galveston that survived the 1901 hurricane that destroyedmuch 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!Get your Galveston Island PassIf you’re exploring multiple attractions, get your Galveston Island Pass and save up to 40% offretail price when select four or more venues. For a list of attractions.