Who else is LOVING Summer?! I’m just not ready for it to end. The countless hours by the pool, makeup-free days, patio dining… Just a few of my favorite things about this time of year! A new favorite is also my family trip to Galveston Island! Last Summer was my family’s first year to take a vacation all together, and we had such a blast! We decided to make it a tradition, and now that we have our second year under our belt, I feel like we’ve learned the inside scoop on Galveston! Plus, I brought all my CFL Summer Box goodies on the trip with me, and they definitely came in handy!

We chose Galveston because we really wanted to do a beach trip, but with the size of our family (8 adults and 5 kids + more on the way!), it has to be affordable and somewhat close to home (we’re all spread out through Texas). Our family really enjoys it and it’ll be something we look forward to every year! So, here are my tips and recommendations if you’re looking to do your own Galveston trip!

  • Stay as close to Seawall Boulevard as possible! This year we stayed in a wonderful VRBO house that was just two streets away from the boulevard, which made walking to the beach so convenient, rather than driving and paying for parking each time.
  • I highly recommend an Airbnb or VRBO versus a hotel. Especially if you’re doing a big family vacation, it’s nice to have your own space to cook meals (we stayed for five days and had almost every meal at the house!) We were able to do fun things like karaoke, roast s’mores, play bean-bag-toss in the backyard, have a shrimp boil, and other things you simply can’t do in a hotel. And if you can find one with a nice porch/patio, that’s a huge bonus! We spent almost every evening on ours just talking and hanging out after the kids went to bed.
  • Bring a canopy OR rent chairs + an umbrella from the beach. However you choose to do it, it’s really nice to have a bit of shade to put your stuff under, and to have a place to retreat when you need a little break from the sun. You can get a canopy at Academy for $40, and in Galveston it typically cost $30 to rent an umbrella + chairs for the whole day.
  • Eat at/from The Gumbo Diner. I don’t have many restaurant recommendations for Galveston because, like I said, we cooked almost all our meals at the beach house. But The Gumbo Diner is just a little hole-in-the-wall place off Seawall Boulevard that has great cajun/creole food, and delicious beignets! The éttouffée and the gumbo are amazing, and one morning we picked up two-dozen beignets for breakfast for the whole family.
  • Walk The Strand. This is really the only touristy thing our family does in Galveston. The Strand is the historic downtown of Galveston, full of shops, restaurants, etc. Most of them are generic souvenir shops, but there are a few really neat places worth wandering into. I can only speak for eating at Fisherman’s Warf. The food and drinks are pretty good, and the views are really pretty. It’s on the water and the whole restaurant looks out onto the ship yard. I definitely recommend visiting La King’s Confectionary to cool down and enjoy a sweet treat! It’s an old-fashion soda fountain, ice cream parlor, candy store, and coffee shop all-in-one.
  • Evenings on the beach are the best. We spent hours on the beach each day, but we all agreed that taking walks, hunting for crabs, and watching the sunset on the beach in the evenings was our favorite. It’s a great way to wind down each day and enjoy the beach without sweating a ton or getting sunburned.

There are plenty of things to do in Galveston! Lots of restaurants, museums, fishing spots, a boardwalk, dolphin tours, etc. These are just the simple things our family enjoys doing together! Check out Galveston next time you’re planning a beach vacay, especially if you’re a Texan! Happy Summer, y’all!

-Meghan

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