Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Spring Break - A Hotspot for Family Activities Edit Title

If you’re looking for some fun things during Galveston Spring Break 2017, there’s no need to look any further. We’ve put together this list of must-do activities for families and children of all ages to plunge into.

With spring break fast approaching – it kicks off March 13 in Galveston schools – the island is about to show the world why Galveston has become a national destination for folks in search of some excitement in the sun and moonlight.

To be sure, there’ll be plenty of bikinis on the beach, and the clubs will be hopping to the beat of hip-hop and rock. But that’s not all. Galveston has lots to offer for families and children of all ages.

So without further ado, here are some cool, fun-filled spots to take the family during your Spring Break stay in Galveston:

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

This colorful, neon lighted pier that extends over the Gulf of Mexico at 25th Street is the place to be for thrill-seekers young and old.

The Galveston Island Pleasure Pier is home to midway games and 16 rides, from exhilarating coasters for thrill-seekers, to gentle rides for young visitors. There’s also a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant, along with cool shops to check out.

The adult rides include the Iron Shark Rollercoaster, Pirate’s Plunge, Gulf Glider, Revolution, Galaxy Wheel, Cyclone, and Sea Dragon. For the kids, there’s the Carousel, Big Wheelin’ car ride, the Frog Hopper, Texas Tea and Pier Pileup bumper cars.

Be sure to test your skills at the exciting midway games that include Whac-a-Mole, Big Shot Hoops, Nothin' But Net, Tub Toss, Ring Toss, Iron Shark Attack, Pirate Striker and Guess Your Weight or Age.

It’s a good idea to get there early, since time seems to be in slow motion as you hop on ride after ride, many of them more than once!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

2026 Lockheed Dr., next to Moody Gardens | 409-770-9283

For the ultimate fun in the sun adventure, slide on over to Schlitterbahn Waterpark and plunge into more than a dozen heated water adventures, including the MASSIV – one of the largest water park rides in the nation.

There’s something for just about everyone at the waterpark – tube slides, speed slides, and kids’ activity areas with a pint-sized slides, a secluded beach, a heated pool, a man-made surfing wave, and the Torrent® tidal wave river.

If you’re feeling courageous, climb aboard the MASSIVE – the world’s tallest water coaster. The hair-rising ride includes four uphill sections with six blaster jets, culminating in a triple-drop ending in into a landing pool.

With its 26 acres of thrilling waterpark adventures, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is a sure shot for family fun.

Seahorse and Classic Carriages

2100 Strand | 409-925-3312

Island Carriages

2528 Postoffice | 409-765-6951

If you’re looking for something a bit slower paced, the island has several carriage companies to take you and the family for a close-up look at some popular Galveston sights and sounds.

Lose yourself in the wonderful historic atmosphere of the island, whether it’s a guided historic tour or a quiet romantic ride. The horse-drawn carriages will take you along tree-lined streets, providing the perfect vantage point to see the architectural details of the historic mansions.

It’s like stepping back into the past, when Galveston was known as the Wall Street of Southwest. During this golden era of Galveston – from the mid-1800s to the mid-20th century – the city was home to a number of firsts in Texas.

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