Galveston is a Fun Vacation Site if You Know What to Do
Two summers ago my wife and I went with another couple we know to Hawaii. We had a great time (no kids), and every day we wish we were back there. Alas, this is not an article about Hawaii.
Last year we wanted to go on another vacation with this couple, but this time take our kids. At the time we both had little boys who were 2 years old. We knew we couldn't go very far from home, so since we live in North Texas, we decided to take the 5 hour jaunt down south and go on a vacation in Galveston, Texas.
Deciding on a vacation in Galveston wasn't a hard choice really. We wanted to go to a beach and even though we knew there were nicer beaches in Alabama or Florida, those places were too far away. Plus, our friends vacationed in Galveston a bunch as kids and they knew the city well.
We also knew that we didn't want to stay close to the Seawall. The beaches aren't as nice and there is more traffic. So after some research we decided to stay at Pointe West. Pointe West is a collection of condos/apartments. The condo we stayed in actually had an owner that rented the space to us for a week. This was a great way to go. Staying here gave us access to Pointe West's private beach as well as the swimming pool.
Having access to the private beach was key. When my family would take a vacation in Galveston when I was growing up, we swam at the public beaches. Even as a kid I knew that it wasn't the ideal place to swim. It's typically dirty and swarming with people. Maybe it was being spoiled by our first trip to Hawaii the previous year, but we were very happy that we had the private beach to go to.
However, that doesn't mean that Hawaii didn't spoil us against even the private beach in Galveston. While our beach wasn't crowded and was clean, it still left a lot to be desired. There were jellyfish everywhere (I and my son got stung), and the water wasn't clear at all. But having been there before, we knew what we were getting ourselves into when we decided to vacation in Galveston. We just focused on enjoying the fact that we were having fun with friends and our kids.
Speaking of the kids, if my son had been older, I suspect he would have had a better time. He didn't have a good time at the beach, but that had nothing to do with the actual beach. We could have been anywhere in the world and he would not have liked the water. Being 2 years old, he wasn't comfortable with the sand and salt water.
The vacationing away from the beach was fun. We went to the aquarium and rain forest exhibit at Moody Gardens, and had a good time, including the kids. It is definitely worth going if you like those things. We also went to The Strand a couple of times to eat. The Strand is a downtown area that consists of shops and restaurants. It took a while to get there from where we were staying, but it's worth the trip since you can find a lot of fun places to eat and look around.
All in all we had a good time during our vacation to Galveston. I don't know if we'll go back anytime soon, especially as our son gets older and can handle those longer trips to Alabama and Florida. But I wouldn't discourage anyone from going. Just know that you'll run into the occasional jellyfish and a lot of people if you don't choose your beach carefully.
Regardless of where you go, any vacation is better than working, right?