Our family loves a good road trip. For instance, sometimes our destination is a trail, a cool new city, a forest, but driving a few hours just to see what we see is the main idea. With over 32 miles of beach, Galveston made for a fun day trip. At the time, we were staying in the Onalaska Texas area and decided to drive a couple of hours to the coast.
We stopped at the best burger place, Beyond Burger, and grabbed some takeout. This was on the way south in Texas City, TX. The restaurant is pretty cool and we highly recommend dining-in if possible. However, we had dogs and wanted to get to the beach. The burgers were huge! I took a snapshot of Kylie eating her burger so you could see the size. You picked up the burger and went to the buffet for all your addons. And those fries! YUM!!
What we loved at Galveston Beach
This was the first time the girls touched, smelled, or even saw the ocean. Tony and I enjoyed watching them run out and realize the water was different – saltier. We drove the entire island and enjoyed the entire scene. It was busy with people having fun and the beach was packed. Our favorite section was at the one end of the beach near San Luis Beach. You can drive out on the beach and it was less crowded. It was a beautiful day and we played for an hour or so and drove around to check out the different areas of the beach. The sand was gorgeous with seashells everywhere. However, the water was not the clearest of the beaches we have traveled, but it was still beautiful.
The Galveston Boardwalk, Pleasure Pier, is located right in the middle of the island and stretches out into the Gulf of Mexico. This cool pier is one of the few spots in the world that has rides over the water! I think they have 16 rides, including a rollercoaster. It’s a very cool and fun location.
Campgrounds on Galveston Island
We noticed quite a few campgrounds and RV resorts on Galveston Beach. We didn’t stay at one on this trip but we do plan on staying down by the Gulf at some point in our adventures. When we get a chance to stay at a place we will update this post with recommendations.
Overall, we really loved the island. It had lots of things to do for both adults and kids. It was beautiful and peaceful (at least the day we went). We highly recommend heading to Galveston and checking it out.
Within the first month of traveling to Texas, we took a day trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards to see the famous cattle drive. Tony and I visited the Stockyards before, but we were thrilled to let our girls experience this fun event. In addition, we were most excited to see how Kylie (our animal lover) would react when she saw the longhorns walk right in front of her.
The history of the Stockyards
I love reading the history of the places we visit, and this place has a great story. For instance, the city of Fort Worth was nicknamed “cowtown” and established in 1849. The town was also known as the last “civilized” place for cowboys because there were five hundred miles of unsettled wilderness between Fort Worth and where the railroad began in Kansas. The cowboys would round up the cattle that were roaming wild across the Texas plains and drive them on the Chisholm Trail to Kansas.
After the railroad came, Fort Worth became a primary shipping location for cattle. For that reason, the city built the Union Stockyards. However, the city didn’t have funds to buy enough cattle, and the Union Stockyards later sold. Soon after they sold the Stockyards started losing business with the decline of the railroad.
The real Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards National Historic District two times every day. To find the dates drives are not held you can check the Fort Worth Stockyards website.
Kylie was amazed when the cows and cowboys on their horses walked right in front of her. It was great to see both of their expressions. Lexie still talks about the Longhorns to this day. Kylie was amazed when the cows and cowboys on their horses walked right in front of her. It was great to see both of their expressions. Lexie still talks about the Longhorns to this day.
I think one of the coolest parts of the Fort Worth Stockyards is the very authentic old brick roadway where you can enjoy browsing all the fun shops. We also really enjoyed the gunfight between the sheriff and some rowdy cowboys.
It was a great way to introduce the girls (and us) to the history of Texas’s famous livestock industry.
Kristen: ★★★★☆ Tony: ★★★★☆ Kylie: ★★★★☆ Lexie: ★★★★★ Cost: We didn’t spend any money and watched the cattle drive and the gunfight show. Recommendations: You need to get here early to find a parking spot. You should also wear good shoes because you will be walking on many different surfaces.