Galveston Kids Activities for Families

If you have kids and they’re out of school for the summer – or you just want plan a fun weekend – you’re probably looking for unique attractions that won’t break the bank. You’re in luck, because Galveston is loaded with them.

Use this guide to learn more about the top five fun attractions in the city that are perfect for kids. No matter what you and your children like to do together, there’s an attraction on this list that will create some quality time you won’t soon forget.

Street Pier

If you and your children love to spend time outdoors, there’s hardly a better basic attraction in the city than the Street Pier. For the most part, the pier is designed for fishing, and if that’s an activity you love to do with your kids, this pier is a place where you can easily spend a whole day.

Even if your kids don’t love fishing, you can still make a fun day out of the pier. Take a stroll down, grab a hot dog and then set up for some time by the water.

Best of all, the pier is one of those attractions where you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to have a good time with your family.

Galveston Railroad Museum

Take a kid anywhere near a real working train and you’re bound to have a pretty excited child on your hands. At the Galveston Railroad Museum, you’ll be able to take multiple rides on one of those working trains and check out some very cool memorabilia at the same time.

From real train parts that are no longer in service, to unique models that you’ll only find in this museum, the Galveston Railroad Museum is a must-see for anybody in the city. The museum also makes a great morning attraction before lunch, leaving some time for a visit to the park or a trip to the beach with the kids.

Moody Gardens

One of the most unique attractions in the city, Moody Gardens has a little bit of something for everybody. In fact, you’ll be hard -pressed to see it all in a day, even if you’ve got kids that want to rush from area to area with you.

Featuring everything from an aquarium-themed pyramid, to a rainforest-themed pyramid, a little bit of real beach, and a paddleboat area, there’s a whole day’s worth of fun at Moody Gardens.

If you want to do something really special, call ahead and book a behind-the-scenes tour with the real penguins they house each and every winter. Even if you go during the summer though, you’ll have more than enough to do at this great city attraction.

Pleasure Pier

One of the newer attractions in the city of Galveston, Pleasure Pier is a place where every kid can pretty much run wild without getting into any trouble. From arcade games, boardwalk rides and even real cotton candy makers, Pleasure Pier will take every adult back to their youth and the seemingly simpler times of yesteryear.

Pleasure Pier is also home to a variety of different shops and restaurants, making it an ideal outing even for the adults in your group. Grab a big group and enjoy the day at this unique, modern attraction that hearkens back to the good old days.


Schiltterbahn might sound more like a German restaurant than a place to take your kids, but in reality, it is one of the city’s top attractions, especially in the warmer part of the year. Having opened their first water park in 1966, Schlitterbahn has been named a top water park in the country for more than 15 years running!

No matter what you and your kids normally love to do, everybody can have an amazing day at a water park!

Mitchell Historic Properties

Contact Mitchell Historic Properties to learn more about the Galveston area. Whether you’re a longtime resident, you’ve just made the move, or are simply visiting, there’s no reason to think outside of Galveston when you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids.