Planning a jam-packed family Baycation couldn’t be easier or more customizable to your family’s relaxation needs and whims. Start off at Kemah Boardwalk, a hot spot for festivals, restaurants, and shopping that’s also a year-round destination for amusement park rides, classic treats, and that good old-fashioned carnival atmosphere. Older kids and grown-ups will want to test their bravery on the Boardwalk Bullet, a true-blue wooden roller coaster that will haul you 96 feet in the air only to immediately drop you 92 of them! If the seaside and marina views from that first hill don’t take your breath away, the rest of the ride’s curves and swerves will.
Other adrenaline-pumping boardwalk attractions cater to all comfort zones, from the Flare (a looping coaster) and the Pharoah’s Fury (a pendulum swing) to rides that will fly, drop, spin, or swing you around to your heart’s content. For the littlest littles (or those who respect gravity), carousels, swings, a train, and other options are plentiful. Those who’ve braved the Bullet will want to take a victory lap around Galveston Bay aboard the Boardwalk Beast, a speedboat thrill ride that will whiz you across the waves at a spray-tastic 40 mph. It’s wet, wild, and sure to make a splash.
Top off your day at the Midway Games, carnival-style booths where you can win souvenirs and shiny prizes, or head to the ever-festive atmosphere of the arcade. After that sensory overload, head for the amazing up-close-and-personal Stingray Reef, located on the Aquarium Restaurant’s first level, for a more educational experience. Nothing says photo op like seeing your child feed, pet, and make friends with a stingray!
Next up, feed your sense of wonder at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This out-of-this-world experience invites visitors to be a part of NASA’s mission. Since Houston is where NASA itself began shooting for the stars in 1961, there’s probably no better place in the universe to ask “What’s out there?” but “How will we get there?” With more than 400 attractions ranging from moon rocks and spacesuits to rockets and chats with real live astronauts, every would-be spacefarer in your family will be over the moon with delight.
Whether boating, fishing, splashing, or enjoying the scenery, Bay Area Houston’s abundant waterways make it your family’s personal water park.
The nearby Nassau Bay Wildlife Peninsula is a popular place for enjoying signposted nature trails and wetland wildlife. For seaside views and well-maintained miles of hiking and biking trails, Pine Gully Park is a dream for explorers young and old. Let the sweet breeze from the Bay wash over you as you wander through woods, look for rare birds in the wetlands, or search for shells along the shore.
Take a walk along the StoryWalk in Seabrook at Meador Park. The Evelyn Meador Library Story Walk starts behind the library and will take you on a magical story adventure as you walk along the beautiful Seabrook trails.