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.

Houston skyline from the highway

Local favorites

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!!

Beyond Burger

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.

Galveston Beach


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.

Galveston Beach

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.

Final thoughts

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.