A Galveston Beach Vacation is filled with beaches, gorgeous sunsets and great food. Perfect for weekend trips or long family vacations.
Salty air and sandy beaches is always a good idea!
What I enjoy about Texas is that the travel destinations are endless!
I haven’t been to Galveston since I was a teenager and thought what better time to book a beach vacation than now! The beach certainly made social distancing more manageable.
This was my sons first time to a Texas beach and he enjoyed every minute of it! Being only a 5 hour drive from Dallas/Fort Worth, makes it an easy weekend destination.
Where to stay in Galveston
We stayed at Moody Gardens which is only a few blocks from the Seawall. They have oversized rooms, several restaurants and a huge pool.
Don’t feel like leaving the hotel? No worries because the hotel grounds offer an array of activities. Everything from an aquarium, Rainforest, discovery museum, zip line, waterpark and paddlewheel boat.
You can purchase individual tickets to each attraction. Or you can buy an all day pass that gives you admission to everything.
Where to eat in Galveston
Fish Tales – located on the Seawall and is directly across from Pleasure Pier. This seafood restaurant has everything from fried crab appetizers, fish & chips and burgers. It’s a laid back atmosphere and a great place to dine after a day at the beach.
Be sure to sit on the upstairs patio for gorgeous ocean views.
Willie G’s – Located next to the cruise port. This is a nicer restaurant that has oyster Rockefeller, lobster bisque and a large selection of fish entrees.
*I highly recommend making reservations to avoid a long wait.
What to do in Galveston
Hit the beach – Galveston has over 30 miles of shoreline and can find parking along the Seawall. Or hit up Stewart beach, a family friend spot that has showers, bathrooms & dining. My favorite is East beach. It’s less crowded and you can park your vehicle right on the beach.
Pleasure Pier – grab your tickets and hop on the Ferris Wheel for a birds eye view of the island. You do have to purchase entrance tickets to be allowed to walk on the pier.
Take a ferry ride – The Port Bolivar Ferry ride is free and an absolute must do! The 20 minute ride takes you from Galveston to Bolivar. Be sure to look for dolphins! We road the ferry 2 days in a row because my son enjoyed it so much. We rode it early in the morning and saw about 20 dolphins each day.