As one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the United States, there are so many things to do in Galveston with kids, parents, and folks of all ages. As a family-centered emergency room in Galveston, Hospitality Health ER’s goal is to not only keep locals and vacationers abreast of family healthcare topics, but to also encourage positive community habits like spending quality time together. After all, research has shown that family time has profound benefits like building self-esteem, creating bonds, and nurturing positive behaviors.
Top OUTDOOR Things to Do in Galveston with Kids
You can always enjoy a day at Schlitterbahn Water Park right in Galveston. But to take advantage of Galveston’s natural landscape, we recommend enjoying the day at one of these outdoor Galveston sites.
Stewart Beach Park. Complete with a children’s playground, concession stands, and beach volleyball, Stewart Beach is Galveston’s family-friendly beach. And it is close to all of Galveston’s main attractions! Since safety is one of our highest priorities, we love that this beach has lifeguards on site, not to mention that Hospitality Health ER in Galveston is just 3 miles down the road at 4222 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. If you have a lot of energy and want a day’s worth of activity, you won’t want to miss out on Pleasure Pier. At 2501 Seawall Blvd you’ll find an amusement park filled with rides, restaurants, and games sitting on a pier overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the few parks in the world that has so many rides over the water! You can also rest assured that Hospitality Health ER is only 1.3 miles away if you’ve had way too much sun or one too many spinny rides.
Take a Dolphin Tour. Many people are surprised to find out there are dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. But there are! Families can sign up at GalvestonWaterAdventures.com for a one-hour ecotour to catch a sneak peak at dolphin pods in the bay. You’ll also get to enjoy the ride there on a 40-foot pontoon boat.
Top INDOOR Things to Do in Galveston with Kids
If you need a break from the outdoor heat, there are several indoor things to in Galveston with kids like museums and theaters. Take a look here.
Moody Gardens: Moody Gardens offers a lot of indoor activities if you want to get away from the heat or cold. For cruise ship vacationers, it’s only a few miles from port and there’s lots to choose from here. Your kids will have a hard time deciding between the Aquarium Pyramid, the Rainforest Pyramid, a 3D movie, a 4D FX movie, or the Discovery Museum. Well, if you have time, why not do it all?
Galveston Children’s Museum: As one of Galveston’s most famous landmarks, Moody Mansion is a must-see! As for the kids, they’ll love the Galveston Children’s Museum located inside the Moody Mansion. From interactive exhibits to study bugs, you’ll have fun exploring and experiencing the magic of science. If you have time to spare during your Galveston vacation, you may be able to fit in a painting class, a family yoga session, or story time at the museum.
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