Our family loves a good road trip. Sometimes our destination is a trail, a cool new city, a forest, but driving a few hours to see new things is the main idea. With over 32 miles of beach, Galveston made for a fun day trip.

We stopped in Texas City, Texas, at the best burger place, Beyond Burger, and grabbed some takeout. The restaurant is pretty cool, and we highly recommend dining-in if possible. However, we had our 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. And those fries! YUM!!

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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 whole 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. We played for an hour or so and then went around to check out the beach’s different areas. The sand was gorgeous, with seashells everywhere. The water was not the clearest, but it was still beautiful.

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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 rollercoaster rides over the water! I think they have 16 rides, including a rollercoaster. It’s an entertaining location.

We noticed quite a few campgrounds and RV resorts on Galveston Beach. We didn’t stay this trip but plan to visit the Gulf longer 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.