Things to Do in Galveston with Kids
Living in Houston, we are within driving distance of some great places to plan a family vacation. For us they are affordable staycations and great alternatives to bigger and more costly vacations! There are some wonderful things to do in Galveston with kids and the entire family!
Last month, @ChevyTexan sent our family on a Chevy Staycation to Galveston. So we got the opportunity to check out some of the great attractions available within driving distance away from our house! You can check out my review of the Chevy Tahoe to see how the entire family got to ride in comfort on our way to Galveston.
There are a number of great beaches in Galveston. We visited last year and stayed at the San Luis Resort. When we stayed there, we were able to cross the street and walk right down onto the beach. This time we stayed at Springhill Suites which was great for our family. I’ve learned that suites are the way to go when traveling with children. However we were not right on the beach this trip.
While there are a number of family beaches where you can pay to park, rent an umbrella, and even purchase snacks. We opted for a more affordable plan of attack this time. As we drove down the seawall, we watched for an open parking space and a clean looking stretch of beach.
Galveston has been battling a seaweed problem this year but it only took a few minutes to find a good spot. Getting W into his life jacket was actually more challenging than parking and unloading! He is not a fan of it but once he saw the water he was willing to let me put it on. It’s a good thing too because he headed straight for the water!
We only ended up spending about 20 minutes at the beach before W was worn out. He was ready for a nap which we all appreciated!
After enjoying the continental breakfast at Springhill Suites (another one of the things I look for in a hotel when traveling with kids) we headed out for a day at Moody Gardens. I had not been to Moody Gardens in around 14 years. So I was excited to check it out and see how much it had changed!
We started in the Aquarium Pyramid and W fell in love with so many of the animals. He is such a curious little boy so that made it a great experience for him. Moody Garden ticket prices may seem a little steep but the attraction offers so many different things to do! A family can really get their money’s worth and play the whole day!
Mom Learns a Lesson in Galveston
I was never one of those people who said they wouldn’t put their child in a harness. I actually didn’t have very many feelings one way or the other. I just hadn’t thought it would be something I would do. My son is so curious and always on the move. After an exhausting day at the San Antonio Zoo earlier this month, I was ready to try a harness.
It worked great for us! W loved having the freedom to walk around and I didn’t have to worry about losing him in the crowd of people. Although this was an issue I had never judged, I know a lot of people do. I say to each their own. Do what works for you! W is much happier having more independence when we are out and about!
More Adventures at Moody Gardens
After the aquarium we headed over to the Rainforest Pyramid. I had never been to it and was excited! It was amazing to see the variety of wildlife from plants to animals. The entire family loved the butterfly area. It reminded me of my childhood and many trips to the local butterfly pavilion in Colorado.
J got a special visitor while we were there! Memories like these are what makes even the most local trip worth taking! We will forever remember our first family trip to Moody Gardens!
Relaxing at the End of the Day
After a long day out and about, it was great to come back to our room at Springhill Suites. It featured two double beds and a pullout sofa bed. Suite hotel rooms have become must-haves for us. They provide more room for W to play and be active. They also provide a mini fridge which is great for keeping milk and juice cold. Many also provide breakfast which saves families money when they are traveling! Meals can add up quickly!
One thing I’ve learned about traveling with the family is that you have to be prepared to expect the unexpected. J actually started feeling really sick the night before we were supposed to head home. So instead of staying overnight for a second night, we loaded up the Chevy Tahoe and headed back to Houston. At least I had a gorgeous ride to travel home in!
Affordable Family Vacation in Galveston
Galveston is a great place to visit if you’re looking to put together an affordable family vacation. You can do the beach for little to no money. Moody Gardens is a great investment if you’re looking to spend an entire day.
I am so glad I discovered local staycations as an affordable vacation option. It’s helped my family creative some fabulous new memories without breaking the back!
How do you save money on summer vacations? Have you gone on a local staycation?