Beach blown hair, rolling waves, and sandy toes can all make for some beautifully creative photographs of your kids on Galveston Island. But since most of us are not professional photographers, getting that picture perfect beach shot is super tricky...especially with toddlers in tow! Luckily, Galveston is home to several amazing scenic spots that give you a cool background to stage Instagram-worthy photos regardless of whether or not your kiddo has mastered the art of posing in front of a camera. Plus, they're all fun, kid-friendly areas where you can soak up some of that island sun any time of year.
1. Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd.
This kid-favorite destination is home to several hot spots for selfies including the newly remodeled aquarium pyramid, Colonel Paddlewheel boat, and tropical rainforest pyramid. Each of these experiences provides a fun way to keep kids entertained while also giving you some prime photo ops with reefs, trees, and wildlife. Outside of the attractions, the Moody Gardens pyramids themselves provide a stunning backdrop for photos of all kinds.
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2. Maceo Spice and Import Company
2706 Market Street, Galveston
The wall on the outside of the Maceo Spice and Import building features a loud geometric pattern with splashes of bright colors, perfect for posing all sorts of fun photos. The grassy area in front of the wall is also a great place for kids to run around and stretch their legs.
This colorful wall features bright, bold shapes/ Photo courtesy Maceo Spice and Import Company
3. Seawall Mural
27th Street and Seawall Blvd., Galveston
The city of Galveston touts this as one of the longest murals in the world! The beach front mural of a marine life scene runs from 27th Street to 61st Street painted on the interior of the seawall that faces the ocean.
Galveston Kindness Project
409 22nd Street, Galveston
This collection of murals boasts some of the best backgrounds in Galveston, and serves as a reminder of the kindness and goodness that can exist within humanity. The artwork consists of butterflies, bumblebees, and cute sayings like, "Give Peas a Chance" throughout several murals along the intersection of 22nd Street and Post Office Street.
Lovely designs give the murals at Galveston Kindness Project a one-of-a-kind look/ Photo courtesy Galveston Kindness Project
4. Pleasure Pier
2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston
No list of Galveston photo spots would be complete without mentioning this larger-than-life boardwalk. Try posing kids on the beach below just to the left or right of the pier to get great photos with the rollercoasters and midway games as the backdrop. Because the rides and games on the pier feature brightly colored lights, nighttime shots at this location are especially pretty.
5. Powell Arch
2300 Ship Mechanic Row Street, Galveston
Mardi Gras is a huge deal in Galveston, so it is only fitting that one special Mardi Gras arch stands permanently near the Tremont House hotel year-round. This colorful arch provides a great backdrop for photos, and the historical marker noting the story of how the unique structure was commissioned makes for an interesting history lesson to boot.
You may even catch a trolley ride when you stop for photos at the Powell Arch/ Photo courtesy Galveston Island Convention & Visitor's Bureau
6. Tall Ship ELISSA
2200 Harbroside, Galveston
This historical ship is a floating National Historic Landmark, and is absolutely breathtaking to look up at. The three towering masts carry 19 total sails and provide a stunning backdrop for wow-worthy photos. Ship tours are available for a fee and will provide the most dramatic shots, but you can also stage pretty decent photos walking along Pier 21 where the ship is parked.
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7. Saengerfest Park
23rd & Strand, Galveston
This corner park off of the famous Strand Street in Galveston is jam-packed with photo-ops. A giant chess board provides tons of fun plus a great opportunity for posing quirky shots. Try posing with the London-style phone booth and a giant beach chair as well. The famous "Greetings From Galveston" mural can also be found here.
This mural is a must-have photo backdrop/ Photo courtesy Galveston Island Convention & Visitor's Bureau
8. Galveston Railroad Museum
2602 Santa Fe Place
Take fantastic pictures of kids of all ages posed in front of real rail cars, inside of antique dining cars, or playing with model trains. The bright red and yellow Santa Fe Express train really adds a pop color to kid photos. You can even snap a few pictures while riding on a real locomotive that runs every Saturday at the museum.
9. 24th and Strand Mural
This brand new mural by artist Gabriel Prusmack features an aquatic life scene with bright colors. It reads "I (heart) Galveston" right in the center, making it the perfect background choice for when you want your beach-loving kiddos to show some Galveston pride.
Kids love getting up-close-and-personal with these colorful paintings/ Photo by Sarah Ward
10. Beachtown Community
Public Access Beach 1A
Looking for a beachside photo locale with gorgeous beachfront homes? Look no further than the Beachtown Community on Galveston's east end. The public beach access in this area is a bit off the beaten path, but is rarely crowded, making it a great location for beach shoots. A quaint ice cream shop in the community center is also a great spot to grab a picture and a double scoop ice cream cone.
11. LaKing's Confectionary
2323 Grand Street, Galveston
This old-fashioned soda shop and candy store is the perfect setting for nostalgic snapshots. Grab an ice cream soda, a fistful of hand-pulled taffy, and a giant lollipop for endless photo shoot fun.
Family photos with old-fashioned milkshake glasses at LaKing's are just too cute to pass up/ Photo courtesy Galveston Island Convention & Visitor's Bureau
12. Bishop's Palace
1402 Broadway, Galveston
Built from 1886 to 1892, Bishop's palace is a historical building in the heart of Galveston featuring stained glass windows, statues, and fireplaces from all around the world. This amazing example of architectural skill is beautiful both inside and out. Tours are held daily for a small fee. On the tour, experience the wonderfully designed interior and get some fun photos of kids while you're there.
Related: Riding the Rails at the Galveston Railroad Museum
13. Moody Mansion
2618 Broadway, Galveston
Another historic building not to be missed is the Moody Mansion. Built in 1895, the mansion is filled with heirloom furnishings belonging to the Moody family, of Galveston philanthropic and entrepreneurial fame. The grounds of the Moody Mansion are immaculate, making this a picture-perfect spot for outdoor photos. Bonus: The ground floor of the mansion is home to the Galveston Children's Museum!
Top Photo: Inside the newly remodeled aquarium pyramid at Moody Gardens/ Photo courtesy Galveston Galveston Island Convention & Visitor's Bureau