Galveston Island has a lot to offer vacationers looking for family fun. We visit every summer, whether for a week of vacation or just a weekend get-away. The trick to a fun stay in Galveston is planning ahead and booking your hotel room early. I usually plan our schedule and book our room in March or early April.
1. Moody Gardens is my family’s top choice of things to do in Galveston. Moody Gardens includes a small water park, an Aquarium Pyramid, a Rain Forest Pyramid, a Discovery Pyramid, a Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, a 3D Theater, a 4D Theater, gift shops, golf, restaurants, and a hotel with a really nice pool. You can spend your whole weekend having fun and never leave the Moody Gardens property. The first time we visited Moody Gardens, I parked my car when we arrived on Thursday, and did not move it until we left on Sunday. Moody Gardens offers a variety of packages and ticket combos at discounted prices if you stay in the hotel. If you choose to stay in a cheaper hotel, outside of Moody Gardens, you can still purchase an all day pass to the attractions or tickets to individual attractions. I recommend visiting the Moody Gardens website to plan your stay and print a map of the property.
2. Schlitterbahn Water Park is one of my children’s favorite activities. If you get tired of the ocean Schlitterbahn is a good place to spend the day. The park offers water activities for every age group and a variety of ticket packages that include meals and gift shop items. This water park even offers a variety of indoor water rides for year-around fun. I recommend checking the website ahead of time for package deals.
3. Pleasure Pier is one of the islands’ newer attractions and it is a sight to behold. Amusement park rides built on a pier send you soaring out over the water. There are attractions for all ages. You can purchase an all day pass, family packages, or tickets to individual rides. The thing I like about Pleasure Pier is that if you have a family member who does not like to ride the rides, you can purchase them a “walk-in” pass for a very reasonable price.
4. The Rainforest Café offers fine dining in an original atmosphere. No matter what is on our agenda when we visit Galveston, we always make it a point to have one dinner at the Rainforest Café. This is the only place where you can dine in the middle of a jungle, surrounded by wild animals, waterfalls and tropical vegetation. The food and service are always top quality. Some of our most memorable moments have been during our dinners here because of the quality time spent together.